July 11, 2008

Obama goes After NASCAR Crowd


Unfortunately for the driver, he intends to send the pit crew home halfway through the race and then blame the inevitable loss on the previous sponsor.

Update: Michelle Malkin has more.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 11, 2008 12:40 PM

I HOPE his pit-crew can CHANGE tires quickly!

Posted by: DirtCrashr at July 11, 2008 01:03 PM

I can see it. The race is an endless series of left turns, and, after the election, that's all we're gonna get.

Posted by: mrobvious at July 11, 2008 05:50 PM

Reading the articles and realizing that campaigns have advertised on race cars before made me want to vomit.

There might not be a better argument that we should abolish the popular election of the President and go back to the Electoral College than this. There is absolutely no dignity involved for any of the parties: not for NASCAR and its fans, who are being pandered shamelessly to, not for Senator Obama, who holds a title accorded to people like Cicero and Daniel Webster, and certainly not for the Presidency.

Why not advertise in movie theaters, too? Can't an Obama ad show during the previews for the Sex and the City movie? How about on vending machines? Maybe we can have a "support Obama" thong too - that'll get out the youth vote.

The fact that some of these things are happening is screaming at us why the Founders didn't want political parties in the first place. "The best lack all conviction / While the worst are full of passionate intensity."

Posted by: ashok at July 11, 2008 06:41 PM

Edit: Electoral College purely, where not one popular vote is cast directly for the President. I realize technically that's how our system works now, but please. This is definitely a popular election in character if not in actual format.

Posted by: ashok at July 11, 2008 06:43 PM

For that matter,ashok, it's starting to make direct election of senators look like a big mistake, too.

Posted by: Trish at July 11, 2008 08:10 PM

@Trish: Thank you for reading that rant, and yes, agreed entirely.

Posted by: ashok at July 12, 2008 06:13 PM

"The fact that some of these things are happening is screaming at us why the Founders didn't want political parties in the first place. "

Didn't the founders have political parties?

Posted by: yos at July 12, 2008 06:28 PM

Weird, I THOUGHT they've advertised in theaters before...

Posted by: Radioactive Zombie at July 13, 2008 07:42 PM

Looks like Obama is pulling out of the NASCAR deal because he found out (gasp!) the driver is a Republican!

The car, a Toyota the only foreign automaker racing in NASCAR would be driven by veteran Ken Schrader.

According to the Federal Election Commission's Web site, Schrader gave $1,000 to the campaign of North Carolina Republican congressman Robin Hayes in June 2004, and a total of $2,500 in 2003 and 2004 to the failed Virginia congressional campaign of Republican Kevin Triplett, a former NASCAR official.

Also according to the FEC, Mrs. Ann Schrader of Concord, N.C. and Ken Schrader Racing donated a total of $2,000 to President Bush's campaign in May 2004 and $900 to the North Carolina Republican Executive Committee in August 2004.

Posted by: C-C-G at July 14, 2008 05:57 PM