There will be blood – but not yet.
There’s been a lot of fretting in certain camps that Obama isn’t hitting out enough. The latest “poll” showing McCain ahead among “likely voters” has stoked this fire. Fine. They’re wrong.
There will be blood. Don’t worry about that. But Obama is doing the right thing by going to Hawaii for a week, by laying low. Sunzi (Sun-Tzu) tells us:
When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
By getting out of the spotlight for a week, the media will have no choice but to pay attention to John McCain. They will have to cover him, his gaffes, his errors, his anger, and the applesauce moments in the grocery stores.
By appearing far away, Barack Obama is actually quite near, as the unspoken alternative to the grumpy old man who will fill our television screens for a week.
The attacks will come, don’t worry about that. But, in the meantime, Obama will let McCain bloody himself up a bit more. Let the enemy defeat himself without damaging your own camp – that’s the hallmark of a true general.