Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Good To See John McCain Ignore Critics

In front of a GI Forum in Denver as I write, McCain is giving an entire speech hammering away at Obama over the surge.

He goes on an extended riff about what would have happened if Obama “had his way,” and basically accuses him of nothing less than being a traitor who would have led to an apocalypse. More odiously, he basically contrasts two polar-opposite choices: Obama, and the military. Makes it sound like you can’t have one with the other. Worst of all, he lies and calls Obama’s plan for Iraq: “unconditional withdrawal.”

So instead of finally changing the subject, it’s all-surge-all-the-time. Sounds good to me: nobody is voting in this election based on the surge. I really hope Obama comes home, completely ignores the “surge” talk and goes on an all economy-message-all-the-time.

BREAKING UPDATE: McCain sounds pissed and is still a bad public speaker.

REAL ACTUAL UPDATE: Obama camp responds in a so-so statement (below). But note the use of the word “angry.” Are they trying to start the meme that McCain is a grumpy hothead? If so, good for them:

“The American people are looking for a serious debate about the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, and angry, false accusations will do nothing to accomplish that goal. Barack Obama and John McCain may differ over our strategy in Iraq, but they are united in their support for our brave troops and their desire to protect this nation. Senator McCain’s constant suggestion otherwise is not worthy of the campaign he claimed he would run or the magnitude of the challenges this nation faces,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

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July 25, 2008 - Posted by | Iraq, Uncategorized | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. That one’s from Bill Burton.

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. He’s still got a lot of room for improvement.

    Comment by dansac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. I dunno, I think Burton’s statement makes a few solid points. Well played… especially the terms “angry” and “false”.

    Comment by EiVE | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Eive:

    Burton is basically saying “We’re disappointed in McCain” in that response, but he’s not attacking McCain’s leadership, which is the response that needs to be given.

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 25, 2008 | Reply


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