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4/13/2012

Sockpuppet Friday: Pres. Obama is a Chevy Volt

Filed under: 2012 Election — Karl @ 9:36 am

[Posted by Karl]

As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sockpuppetry in this thread. The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads. I have made that mistake myself.

Sockpuppet comments about the Republican primary race are strictly prohibited. If you wish to use sockpuppets for that purpose, confine your comments to this thread. Same goes for any discussion that is not funny where people want to get angry at each other. Offending comments will be summarily deleted and the violators flogged.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.

Pres. Obama is a Chevy Volt… or possibly a Yugo.  Those are the partial results from a focus group of Independent voters in Denver, CO and Richmond, VA sponsored by Resurgent Republic:

Participants in all four focus groups were asked, “If President Obama was a car, what kind of car would he be and why?” Voters who still approve of President Obama do not perceive him as a risky choice, but on the other spectrum, voters who disapprove believe he hasn’t delivered and question whether he can change course moving forward. Positive responses liken Obama to practical cars: a minivan (family friendly), an Accord or Camry (not flashy or ostentatious), or a Jeep (navigates hurdles). Those who hold a more negative opinion of the President compare him to cars with persistent problems: an old luxury sports car (looks good on the outside, but what’s under the hood?), Chevy Volt (good idea, but no infrastructure to support it), or a Yugo (all flash, no dash).

That’s the spicy blog fodder in these results, but the second bullet-point is probably more significant:

President Obama’s strength with these voters is based upon his personal appeal not policy approval. These Independents like the President, and they praise his “family focus” and view him as more authentic than the average politician. However, participants’ personal regard for President Obama does not transfer to his policies. When asked what they like most about the President, participants refer almost solely to personal traits like his character and speaking skills. At best, they credit President Obama for trying, but offer minimal support for his policies, including the economic stimulus or health care reform. Compared to four years ago, these voters are not where they thought they’d be today, so as a result, they are not convinced President Obama is leading in the right direction.

Focus groups do not produce scientific results, but the responses here track the results of the latest Third Way poll of independents and “swing independents,” which shows Indies closer to Mitt Romney on the issues, but giving Obama higher favorables than Romney. [Note: Obama's unfavorables are equal to Romney's -- and more strongly unfavorable -- in this poll.]  Resurgent Republic suggests the overall economic picture may ultimately weigh on Obama.  Are they right?

As it turns out, they may well be right.  As political scientist John Sides notes at the NYT, voters’ perceptions of candidates as people are not necessarily consequential to presidential election outcomes, in part because perceptions of candidates are more a consequence than a cause of voting, in part because there are many potential trait dimensions on which voters could evaluate candidates.  Sides tends to emphasize the role of partisanship is shaping these perceptions, but there is some evidence the same is true of independents (although I am unaware of data for true independents).  For example, in the days before the 2008 election, the Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll showed a big shift among Indies on whether issues or qualities rate as the more important factor in their vote.  At the same time, McCain’s edge among those more concerned with personal qualities shrank by five percent.  In a terrible economic environment for the GOP, those numbers look like rationalization.  Four years later, the establishment’s hope that Obama’s personal qualities will carry him to victory in a weak economy may end up looking like a rationalization also.

–Karl

81 Responses to “Sockpuppet Friday: Pres. Obama is a Chevy Volt”

  1. Ding!

    Karl (f07e38)

  2. or possibly a Yugo

    You are insulting the Yugo.

    Philistine (5cd8bb)

  3. Obama is a 1972 Corvette L-2. Pretty to look at, no power under the hood, overpriced gas guzzler, expensive to repair.

    And I do wish you would stop bringing up the primary. Just like you, I wish Harley had kept the chain but what’s done is done.

    nk (52d02a)

  4. Obama isn’t a car, rather, he’s that mobile cardboard box that the anthropomorphisized rodents are “driving” with their feet (a la The Flintones) in that recent Kia Soul commercial that was on tv for a few months.

    Elephant Stone (0ae97d)

  5. Have you actually seen or ridden in a Chevy Volt? It is a way cool car. Obama seems more the Fisker kind of thing — lots of talk but no workie.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  6. The Volt is very apropos, given that each receives something like $200k in subsidies and it is a piece of camel dung. I’ll go with the Trabant from the old east German days. Didn’t it have something like a cardboard body? Other possibilities are Chevy Vega, Chevette, Maverick, Pinto, Mustang II, Gremlin, Edsel. Notice how often you see them around these days? Powerline had a car theme thing a couple of weeks ago; people talked about their rides. Baby boomers wish list includes Corvette and Boxster.

    Calypso Louis Farrakhan (d32e4c)

  7. I’d take a Corvette ’97 Z-7. But Obama would have to stand on Michelle’s shoulder to kiss that beauty’s rear bumper.

    nk (52d02a)

  8. My Uncle Bruce once had a ’69 Chevy with a 396, and Fuelie heads and a hurst on the floor—it was awesome !

    Joe Six-pack (0ae97d)

  9. obama is not a Volt (at least that propulsion concept is somewhat viable); he’s a “fartcar”
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fart%20car

    “The Smart car of the future. Scientists are currently working on a way to contain human flatulence for use in smaller, more efficient vehicles. The prototype tested has only been able to travel a few feet due to limited amounts of flatulence available per person, but the experts are also working on a way to clone and condense human farts so that one fart can become many more, thus increasing the volume available per person. People will be encouraged to consume large amounts of fiber (especially Fiber Bars) and carbonated water and drinks to increase their gas production. Instead of plugging your car into an outlet and wasting electricity, or buying the more traditional, expensive type of gas, you would fart directly into a tube that leads into your car’s ‘gas tank’, which will have a self-sealing valve after each deposit.

    “The Fart Car will prove to be a valuable means of transportation in the future, as farts are free and we will no longer be required to depend on foreign oil resources. The future is looking brighter, if not a bit stinkier.”

    Surprising obama hasn’t advocated this concept; oh, that’s right: he’s a lawyer (albeit one who cannot recall Marbury v. Madison), not a engineer.

    dhmosquito (ab6280)

  10. “Have you actually seen or ridden in a Chevy Volt? It is a way cool car.”

    Kevin M – Might could be so, but I can’t figure out why people consider its external combustion engine green.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  11. He’s a hoopdee.

    509th Bob (dd1bdb)

  12. ’53 Chrysler. It sure was good enough for me, it ought to be good enough for the current occupant of the White House. …And you can quote me on that, fellas!

    Harry S. Truman (255b30)

  13. If Obama was a car he would be a 1967 Chevy Impala with a JATO unit welded to the chasis. A JATO unit is a solid fuel rocket used to give heavy military transport airplanes extra push for take-off from short airfields. The last time a car like this was driven, it resulted in a three foot deep crater at a hieght of 125 feet, in the face of a cliff.

    Hey Yall, Watch This! (180aed)

  14. From: ACME Fireworks Co.

    To: Wile E Coyote
    Director of Procurement
    Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

    Billing Invoice for your order of:

    1 Long-range Rocket
    1 Long-range Rocket launcher

    Please make checks payable to “Stuxnet”

    ACME (63ca70)

  15. Are you saying Obama is going to spontaneously combust?

    EC (dda60e)

  16. He is the bus he just threw me under.

    Hilary Rosen (71841d)

  17. Us too.

    Hilary Rosen #2 and #3 (71841d)

  18. What kinda car is Mitt Romney, then?

    (Commences Furious Coverage)

    Serious Pundits© (870be5)

  19. Calling Obama a Volt? Shocking, just shocking I say. You couldn’t have hurt him more had you punched him, and if you had, you would at least be then charged with BATTERY at the very least.

    GM Roper (a0b04a)

  20. Might could be so, but I can’t figure out why people consider its external combustion engine green.

    Well, that depends of course on how you make the electricity. If you have a 5kW solar array to offset the electricity with, that is a lot greener than if you are using coal-fired utility plants to charge it. Either is possible here in Los Angeles.

    But yeah, it’s all a trade-off.

    Still, the Volt is a way cool car and Obama is not a way cool President.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  21. A cross between a smart practical mini-van, and a really super-duper-fast race car, and a couple of Cadillacs, and whatever car has the best hair, and an Abrams tank, AND A FIGHTER JET, AND OPTIMUS PRIME, and… and… AND… AH

    Ahhhhhhh…

    *Ahem*

    Colonel Haiku (870be5)

  22. What I mean is, whatever car is the best damn car ever made.

    Colonel Haiku (870be5)

  23. Ahem

    Colonel Haiku (870be5)

  24. Our satellite is even know preparing fearsome retribution on its enemies as it hurtles invincibly around the outer edges of the solar system at 9/10ths the speed of light.

    Pyongyang Bob (bf8ad7)

  25. … now …

    (adding the evil imperialist spellchecker to the target list)

    Pyongyang Bob (bf8ad7)

  26. Well, I took a look down in the garage, and Obama seems most like my Chevy Vega … a bad idea in the 70′s and a bad idea now.

    Jay Leno (bf8ad7)

  27. Quit saying I’m a fai

    Chevy Volt (e1d89d)

  28. Obama is a horse & buggy.

    Rutherford B. Hayes (0ae97d)

  29. If Obama is a car, then it is the kind of car that most resembles my 6 year old daughter’s little Schwinn bicycle that has training wheels.

    Walk, Don't Run (0ae97d)

  30. You may be POTUS, but you can’t leave the table without eating your peas.

    FLOTUS (a18ddc)

  31. Obama is my Lotus Esprit submarine. Sounds like a cool idea but in way over his head.

    James Bond (9cc612)

  32. No Bama!! No Romney!! Go tea party rebellion!!

    (can you see the logic working?)

    Jim Robinson (3681c4)

  33. re 28. Obama is NOT a horse.
    Agree with the rest, though.

    not Alvin H. Belt, per se (7e149d)

  34. @ Jim Robinson

    I have read your thread on Free Republic convincing conservatives to not vote for Romney in the general election.

    My only conclusion is you must be a lackey running dog for The Masonic Conspiracy!

    Hisssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    Sleestak (3681c4)

  35. Obama is a bumper car.

    carny rat (44de53)

  36. Jim has a This is War Be Breitbart image linking to a donation box.

    And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side! -Andrew Breitbart

    Sleestak (3681c4)

  37. Obama is a Travant.

    Colonel Haiku® (5cc82a)

  38. or a ’58 hooptie DeSoto with 24″ ghettoBandit spinners.

    Colonel Haiku® (5cc82a)

  39. Hey everyone, I qualify for high elected office as a Democrat. Just look at my executive experience in Maryland! The MD House and Senate have more Democratic control than the US Congress in ’09 and ’10 and I still couldn’t get a budget passed.

    O'Malley of Maryland (a1fcca)

  40. Maybe Obama’s a rocket car.
    A North Korean rocket car.
    There’s got to be a lot of N. Koreans thinking “I’m starving, and for THIS?”

    not Alvin H. Belt, per se (7e149d)

  41. I wish obama was a Ford Pinto with the exploding gas tank, driving in a demolition derby.

    the black flag (44de53)

  42. What do you mean by women make less than men in the White House? The men get more pay because they have more experience and need to support their families.

    Obama champion of women everywhere (a1fcca)

  43. I wish all you media and leftists would quit calling me “White.”

    Zimmerman (a1fcca)

  44. Hey Hilary, thanks for helping my campaign!

    Mitt (a1fcca)

  45. Of course I had to work. My husband never had a real job. Being a two bit IL legislator doesn’t pay diddly until you have been around awhile and get some good graft.

    FLOTUS (a1fcca)

  46. Obama is like one of our trucks after a long day of cleaning out septic tanks and porta-potties.

    although, to be completely accurate, he’s more like the tank on the truck than the whole truck: full of schise.

    Bob's Pumping Service (403dff)

  47. Obama is a 1961 Corvair. It had a gasoline heater in the front trunk. It also leaked oil like a BP platform.

    Ralph Nader (44de53)

  48. The President is like a SMART car: a defenseless and scary ride, but not very economical either, appealing to people who think they are smart, but are actually marking themselves as the opposite.

    Jay Leno (bf8ad7)

  49. Obama is a Chevy DOLT !

    Tom Thumb (0ae97d)

  50. Obama is a golf cart !

    Cindy Brady (0ae97d)

  51. Barack Obama is me!

    1982 Cadillac Cimarron (063632)

  52. Obama wishes he was made in America.

    Uncle Sam (44de53)

  53. I have to agree with my Uncle Samuel.
    If Obama is a car, it’s a foreign car…most likely a part of the world where they drive on the wrong side of the road.

    Peter Brady (0ae97d)

  54. If my boy is a car, I sure hope it’s not the one I drove into a tree when I was drunk !

    Damn, amputation is no walk in the park !

    Barack Hussein Obama, SR. (0ae97d)

  55. Do Muslims even make cars?

    Dead Lee Iacocca (bf8ad7)

  56. Why do all of these blowhard left wing Democrats have to drive a car ?

    S.O.S. !

    Mary Jo Kopechne (0ae97d)

  57. Thanks to Mitt Romney, I feel much better about our chances of taking back the House this year and you know the track record of my predictions for accuracy is, like, totally awesome.

    Nancy Lugosi (bf33e9)

  58. Cash for Clunkers will be a lifetime legacy for Ocarma.

    Uncle Sam (44de53)

  59. Mr Belt wrote:

    Obama is NOT a horse.

    Perhaps just the back half?

    White House Veterinarian (f68855)

  60. The source may be Politico and the authors Donks but they sure nailed this bitter clinger’s dispositon:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=5417A4DD-6F2E-4FFB-98F5-CB564B23AD26

    A Lada on blocks, tank empty and crome stripped vs. a brand, spankin’ new Edsel.

    I’ll walk, thank you.

    Lobot (d88477)

  61. The source may be Politico and the authors Donks but they sure nailed this bitter clinger’s dispositon:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=5417A4DD-6F2E-4FFB-98F5-CB564B23AD26

    A Lada on blocks, tank empty and crome stripped vs. a brand, spankin’ new Edsel.

    I’ll walk, thank you.

    Lobot (d88477)

  62. Obama is clearly that epitome of styling, the DeLorean. A car which after 35 years still looks like the car of the future. A car which promised to come with an innovative centrally-mounted rotary engine which in actual production came with an old leftist rear-mounted Peugeot V-6. A car with an interior that looked luxurious but in fact was poorly designed with no options and shoddy construction. A car manufactured by a company which survived on the government teat until it exhausted that and tried to sustain itself through sleazy deals. A car that looked like a sports car but had less get-up-and-go than a Buick Regal of the same vintage (0-60 in only 10.6 seconds). The comparisons are endless, and much like the DeLorean still has many people who think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread I am sure that Obama will have people who will swear he is the greatest politician ever for a long time to come despite all the facts.

    max (131bc0)

  63. Obama is not a car—he’s a CAD !

    Snarky Chicago Guy (0ae97d)

  64. three cylinder Trabant

    SteveG (e27d71)

  65. Lee Iacocca died?

    Nobody tells happyfeet anything! (877540)

  66. y’all sure are dumb… that big eared feller what wears his Mama’s hand me down pants is sho-nuff a NASCAR stock car.

    that’s ’cause he goes left every chance he gets, but never gets anywhere, ‘cept when he crashes and burns.

    Billy Joe Bob (403dff)

  67. @ feets: that’s because you aren’t important.

    Captian Obvious (403dff)

  68. AMC Pacer . . . the gutless wonder of the car world.

    Icy (877540)

  69. I died? Nobody tells me anything!

    Except for “the K car sucked!” Lots of people tell me that.

    Lee Iacocca (877540)

  70. Okay, ladies and gents; it’s time to play 3-card Rosen! Place your bets on which Hilary Rosen that I know will pop up next on the White House visitors log. I know it can be confusing, since I am alleging that all three of them have visited at various times during the 14 months that I have been here; but like the man says, it’s a game of chance.

    Jay Carnival Barker (877540)

  71. Hilary Rosen? Never heard of them.

    Charles Gibson (877540)

  72. Crap! Lesbians get militant when I have to throw one of their own under the bus.

    Teh First LGBT POTUS (877540)

  73. A dozen Secret Service agents with President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct, the Associated Press reports.

    The Associated Press received an “anonymous tip that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the allegation.”

    You cannot make this stuff up (877540)

  74. Some outlets are reporting that they were “relieved of duty”, whe others are saying that the agents were ‘kicked out of the country’.

    Get the popcorn! (877540)

  75. “whe”? “while” [the sock blames Icy's iPhone]

    Get the popcorn! (877540)

  76. Romney is a white Ford F-150 truck

    SteveG (e27d71)

  77. Obama’s a hot air balloon. Looks terrific, full of hot gas, head in the clouds, realllllyy expensive to use, and more suited to scenic vacation jaunts than for actually getting from Point A to Point B.

    Truth hurts, don't it (498806)

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