Since 1960 — and especially since 1976 — American Presidential contests have been decided based more on media images more than policy. While it’s true that the mainstream media has a girlish crush on Barack Obama, it’s also true that Obama is a master of media images. Case in point: the image to the left, which appeared on the New York Times home page yesterday.
It looks like Obama is co-piloting a helicopter, and it could very well be a still from an action movie. In other words, it’s the perfect image to get out there if you have recently been accused of being weak-kneed in your beliefs and flip-flopping on several issues.
And while Obama looks like he’s out of central casting for Airwolf: The Movie, John McCain still looks like Ernest Borgnine.