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The Obamamobile?

July 11, 2008

I thought I’d post an addendum to my “Obama compounds” thread, and highlight one more I spotted.  This one, however, might be a little less ambiguous: Analysis: Obama could get mileage from NASCAR

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The political and sporting worlds collided Friday afternoon when CNN’s sister publication, Sports Illustrated, reported that Sen. Barack Obama is considering sponsoring a car in a NASCAR race next month.

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But isn’t exposure what this is all about? If Obama decides to do it, he will get great media attention for entering the world of NASCAR, and not just from the pack of political journalists following the race — that is, the race for the White House. He’d also get attention from sports reporters and commentators who cover the race — that is, auto racing. It’s not a bad way to reach out to voters who may not be following the campaign daily.

I’d be inclined to agree with Mark Preston’s analysis; this is a brilliant idea on many levels.  One question is whether the network that covers the race will give it the buzz, or if they will instructed to treat it like any other sponsor on any other car, and virtually ignore it.   Another is the intuitive one, which is, how well will the car itself perform?   If the driver is able to spend a good portion of the race in the top 10, then it will get a lot more exposure.  If it trails the majority of the race, a viewer might not even notice that its there.    I’ll have to check the odds in Vegas before the race, I guess.   The last question would be what effect a wreck might have.  If one is to assume that the majority of the fans at the race lean right…would the crowd cheer if the Obamamobile hits the wall at 150?   I suppose it wouldn’t matter since, luckily for Obama, the roar of the engines takes the crowd out of it for the TV audience.

Exit question: What dynamic is created if McCain follows suit?

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8 comments

  1. I heard McCain is sponsoring a 1935 Hudson Sedan in the annual Saginaw Rotary Club’s Classic Car show which in past years has risen over $7,000 for research on gout.


  2. What if the car crashes ?


  3. Chen,

    I saw you comments at that awful Think Progress thing about Tony Snow. Good on you. Maybe that explains why you are one of the few libs I actually like – you do have a touch of class.

    And now I must ask – to you see the character of the company you’re keeping? The things that were said about a decent man? You’re much better than that and I hope one day that you will reconsider and have a change of heart. I’m not asking you to change your politics. I am just asking you to observe and measure.

    You are much too talented, much too creative and a nice enough guy to not even associate with that scum.

    Think about it when I’m gone…


  4. Sorry about the poor typing. I split the old thumb and got seven stiches for my foolishness. Several typos and probably more to come…


  5. The last time sports and politics collided recently was when Hillary Clinton advocated for Eight Belles, the only filly in the Kentucky Derby. We remember how that ended.


  6. dead rabbit-

    I heard McCain is sponsoring a 1935 Hudson Sedan in the annual Saginaw Rotary Club’s Classic Car show which in past years has risen over $7,000 for research on gout.

    LOL!

    alfie-

    What if the car crashes ?

    You did read the thread, right?

    Tex-

    I saw you comments at that awful Think Progress thing about Tony Snow. Good on you. Maybe that explains why you are one of the few libs I actually like – you do have a touch of class.

    And now I must ask – to you see the character of the company you’re keeping? The things that were said about a decent man? You’re much better than that and I hope one day that you will reconsider and have a change of heart. I’m not asking you to change your politics. I am just asking you to observe and measure.

    Well thanks Tex, but I’ve only made a handful of comments over at Think Progress, so I don’t really see them as part of my “company”. Actually, TP dropped quite a few notches with me after they blatantly misrepresented McCain’s comments on the “doesn’t know the price of gas” post. So, I like to think that I call it as I see it.


  7. Damn. Hundreds of posts at that place called Think Progress comparing Tony Snow to Pol Pot, Hitler, Goebbels. Are these people just college freshmen trying to be nasty for the thrill? Or do they really believe Tony Snow is in the same league with Hitler?

    I guess I am a little naive to the extreme level of unbelievable ignorance on the far left. But then again, I’m sure there will be hundreds of right wing bloggers celebrating Senator Kennedy’s death.

    Even if you hold Snow partly responsible for a war you disagree with, can you claim Snow was malicious? If so, shouldn’t Think Progress then break down the Chappaquiddick incident during the eulogy of Kennedy?


  8. Now that’s an interesting notion. The “NASCAR Dads” vote I take it? I just think that disaster is the only possible outcome in this bizarre political year.

    OTOH, everyone calls people in my area’s cars “Obama-mobiles” already, those of us with Obama stickers….LOL….we’re rather outnumbered where I live.



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