News of Obama’s infomercial, set to air tonight, is the big story in political circles. From what I hear, he’s planning on taking 30 minutes on NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, BET, TV One, and Univision to explain his economic plan. Brilliant.

Not only is the economy the number one issue on the minds of Americans right now, but he’s going to be dominating media coverage for at least the next 24 hours, and with only six days left before election day, well, that’s an incredible thing.

Will I be watching? TiVo is set and ready to go. Will it convince me to vote for Obama? Not unless he denounces pretty much every political position he’s ever held and somehow proves that he’s not Karl Marx reincarnated.

What do I dislike about the Obama-mercial? The fact that money buys political office in this country. The twisted version of the golden rule – “He who has the gold makes the rules” – rings true this political season. Who gets the media coverage? The guys with the cash. Who gets to spend 30 minutes on several major networks talking about his “Plan for America?” The guy with the cash. Who’s going to be president? The guy with the cash.

My favorite response to Obama’s request for air time was from CNN:

We did not want to pre-empt our programming lineup with a 30-minute spot. We would rather use our air to continue to cover the campaign, candidates and issues like we always do from all points of view with the best political team on television.

I am morbidly curious what Obama’s going to say tonight, and you know I’ll be blogging about it afterward, but I can’t help but be slightly chagrined by the “wealth envy” set who are now supporting the guy who can afford a 30 minute infomercial on prime time T.V. Oh, the irony.

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