March 12, 2004
I liked the ad parody, but looking through the comments it appears that many people saw/will see it as a sincerely pro-Bush ad.
Really, Jules? It looked to me like everyone there was in on the joke. The parody hasn't reached a high google rank yet! :)
Perhaps "many people" was an exaggeration, but ever since that "So glad I voted for Bush" bumper sticker, I'm never really sure whether a pro-Bush comment is sarcastic, or sincerely stupid.
Here is the quote that sounds most sincerely pro-Bush:
This is freaking so close to brilliant I almost want to hire you. Too bad Bush is going to lose now that he pissed off Howard Stern. Stern has been ranting and raving and is now directing his slavish minions to vote for ABB (Anyone But Bush). Don't believe me? Ask Bloomberg, Pataki and Christie Whitman. The FCC's mistake was not removing Stern quickly enough.
Maybe I need to start taking irony supplements. It sounds like a spoof of something Limbaugh would say, but it also sounds like something Limbaugh actually WOULD say.
You're right, Jules. That one is tough to call. I'll give you that one. Probably a confused person. There were other ones that were more obviously sarcastic.
Maybe HTML really does need a <sarc> tag.
Well, I don't think I have trouble with sarcasm outside this particular subject matter. But when the subject is Bush, some people kinda go crazy and start saying irrational things in his defense - things so crazy you think they're kidding. Then, when someone really is kidding, they don't sound much crazier than the hysterical ones.
In my defense, my perspective may be different because until recently, I lived in Bushie Country where it is much more common to hear people say such things in earnest. To them, a vote for Kerry really is a vote for the evil terrorists.
Actually, Orange County (FL, not CA) is split down the middle politically. But most of my coworkers and relatives were conservatives.