Archive for April 21st, 2008

Drudge: Clinton Staff Sees 11-Point Lead in Pennsylvania

This just in from a Drudge Report Siren Alert email: “Controlled excitement is building inside of Clinton’s inner circle… Developing… CLINTON INTERNALS SHOW 11-POINT LEAD IN PA.”

Ah, sweet spin…you gotta love phrases like “controlled excitement,” particularly the day BEFORE the primary election, when there’s still time for a campaign to hope to get late-deciding voters to jump on the bandwagon. The online tie-in, of course, is both the Drudge Report’s involvement itself (remember those mutterings earlier in the election season about a Drudge/Hillary connection?) and the more general vast explosion of channels for distributing a message (see pro wrestling, below). Obviously we have no way of judging the validity of an internal poll whose methodology is opaque, and the Clintonistas have every incentive to get out a positive message at this critical point in their candidate’s political life (Update: they’re denying it). So, who knows how valid this story is. Still, think about the 1988 presidential campaign: it was only 20 years ago, but in media terms, it now seems like an ancient, remote and alien era.

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Presidential Candidates Meet Pro Wresting Tonight: Hillary’s “A Scrapper”

Quick news from the world of pro wrestling: my near-namesake Colin Delaney has weighed in on the Democratic primary, and the results may be a surprise. On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Clinton, Obama and McCain will ALL appear on World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW to make their cases before an audience of five million sports/entertainment fans. Alas, they’ll be on tape, so we won’t see a tag-team deathmatch (which would no doubt be less painful than much of the campaign so far), but that didn’t stop young Mr. Delaney from giving his estimate of the winner: “I don’t even want to venture a guess who would come out on top, probably Hillary. She seems like a scrapper. Yeah, definitely Hillary. She’d probably kick my ass, that’s not saying much, but I’m sure she could.” Watch out, my friend — Obama’s got reach (as long as he doesn’t roll a gutter ball) and I guarantee that John McCain can take a hit and keep on going.

All jokes aside, it’s fascinating to see politics get nichier and nichier. Though as the WWE article points out, RAW is the “number one weekly year round show on cable.” Media fragmentation, anyone?

Update: The Times has the candidates’ wresting videos and other details.

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