Jerry Day makes a good case of how the popularity of major candidates in the U.S. 2008 election has been pretty much entirely manufactured, while a genuinely popular candidate (Ron Paul) has been suppressed:
Kinda reminds me of this scene from Futurama (Season 2, Episode Raging Bender):
You think the competition is fair, but the battle is already lost.
"You lack the will of the warrior! Ha ha! Go home."