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Friday, September 12, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope

posted by on September 12 at 17:35 PM


Obama’s team showed some new energy today, releasing a series of hard-hitting ads that question McCain’s credentials as a change agent. And as the press gives McCain’s recent spots a harder look, there’s been a steady trickle of critical, fact-checking stories that will catch up with the Republican ticket over the long run. Obama-Biden still has work to do if it wants to regain a controlling role in the campaign, but the elements of a new strategy started to become clear today.

McCain had a somewhat harder day, taking a beating from his questioners on “The View,” of all places. Sarah Palin continued to hold up under Charlie Gibson’s questioning, but at this point you have to start wondering: when is McCain-Palin going to unveil its second act? While Palin-driven rallies coupled with negative advertising worked for this week, it won’t carry the campaign through November.

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The second act has to be...

a) a wide-open beaver shot (to use Kurt Vonnegut's term), or

b) America attacked!/America invades! (same diff), or

c) McCain/Palin spirals down in flames, comparable not to the sublime and terrible Hindenburg, but the pathetic Andrew Dice Clay (Remember him? Neither do I). Nobody cries. Nobody is sorry for them. We all spend the rest of our lives trying to recapture a fraction of the the pinnacle of joy we ascend to on that great day.

Posted by elenchos | September 12, 2008 6:11 PM

So Obama "won," but the negative ads "worked"? How did that happen, exactly?

Posted by Jay Andrew Allen | September 12, 2008 6:25 PM

The last two weeks have been all Sarah all the time. Obama and Joe Who? have been absent from the MSM as the spotlight has been on America's New Batshit Crazy Sweetheart. Voters no longer care about the issues--if today's electorate had been around during the Depression Herbert Hoover would have had a second term.

Posted by RainMan | September 12, 2008 6:52 PM

"While Palin-driven rallies coupled with negative advertising worked for this week, it won’t carry the campaign through November." Why won't it carry the campaign Dan?

The American voting population seems to be made up of some really low IQ people, or the very rich that take charge. Those that have a grasp of the situation are not the major voting block.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | September 12, 2008 8:46 PM

With all due respect, the Karl Rove strategy that has been working for years is to create the sensational negative picture in people's minds. Once the picture is there, rebuttals of any sort aren't very effective. Still, I agree that strong words by the Democrats are important.

Posted by Karen | September 12, 2008 8:57 PM

God bless "The View"! He's no maverick, he's a sheep!

Posted by Jim Demetre | September 12, 2008 9:38 PM

When the Republican nominee is essentially called a liar on "The View," something is definitely going on. I think they miscalculated and pushed the media's patience with political fibbing too far this week. McCain's base is turning on him, with a vengeance. Palin has just concluded her easiest interview of the campaign. Look forward to complex questions on history, policy, and geography. Look forward to the debates.

We're gonna win this thing.

Posted by Demolator | September 12, 2008 10:00 PM

It's about time the media asked hard questions.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 13, 2008 12:30 AM

Has anyone considered all this 'sexism' stuff being thrown around by republican strategists in terms of the way Palin is being treated, as a form of sexism too? I think so much of what is being called out is a stretch at best, and to call it sexism seems to say that we have to handle Palin with kid gloves, and kindness because well you know, she's a lady.

Not sure if I am way out on a limb here, but I've been mulling on this...thoughts?

Posted by Brad | September 13, 2008 8:27 AM
Verry well fed for a POW our what do you say? My dad was gone for 3 years and came back home a skeleton, so I wonder....

Posted by Meg | September 14, 2008 9:56 PM

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