Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Off the Republican Reservation Again

Hagel as Biden
Chuck Hagel as Joe Biden on Halloween.

Boy, the GOP isn’t going to be happy with this:

He’s not speaking at the Democratic convention and he hasn’t (yet) endorsed, but Chuck Hagel continues to provide great fodder for Dems.

His paper statement on the Biden pick:

“Joe Biden is the right partner for Barack Obama. His many years of distinguished service to America, his seasoned judgment and his vast experience in foreign policy and national security will match up well with the unique challenges of the 21st Century. An Obama-Biden ticket is a very impressive and strong team. Biden’s selection is good news for Obama and America.”

Hagel of course has repeatedly defended Obama from more tasteless GOP attacks, and has publicly declined to endorse McCain. These kind of comments will continue to give the GOP fits, I bet.

Update: Thanks to smashartist in the comments, Dick Lugar also has some kind things to say (per CNN).

“I congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Senator Joe Biden, to be his vice-presidential running mate. I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy.”


August 23, 2008 - Posted by | Veepstakes | , , ,


  1. Richard Lugar also was way off message today: His statement, per CNN:

    Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana put out a statement Saturday saying, “I congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Senator Joe Biden, to be his vice-presidential running mate. I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy.”

    Comment by smashartist | August 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. The first Biden ad should have him talking directly about his past negative Obama comments and his support of McCain…then explain why McCain has changed and cannot be trusted anymore with his judgment and character.
    Admit the statements now and explain the changes so McCain cannot use them anymore as legitimate attacks.

    Comment by jonore | August 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. Off topic,
    I know that Dansac and Slinkerwink are setting up their rapid response team. I have two questions:

    1. Do you know anyone who will be making video of McCain and Bush eating cake while New Orleans was submerged in water and juxtapose that with footage of Obama with Bill Clinton and G.H.W Bush visiting the Reliant Center in Houston Texas so that it goes viral on the day McCain introducing his Veep?

    2. Do you know if the Obama campaign will be having a rapid response team during the Republican convention?

    Comment by Micheline | August 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. As to the two questions:

    1) I don’t know if anyone is putting together some footage like that. It’d be a good idea, and I’d put Obama in New Orleans during McCain’s convention.

    2) I would assume they’ll have some rapid response team, if they’re smart.

    Comment by turneresq | August 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. Obama,

    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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