Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

This is Promising


From the Obama Campaign (through Ambinder):

A senior Obama official says that, “to a high degree of confidence,” the campaign knows that Michelle Obama’s speech went over well in the 18 battleground states that Barack Obama is focusing on.

That means, yes, that the campaign ran several focus groups last night in those states.

Obviously, this is from the Obama camp, so take it with the usual grain of salt (internal spin, etc), but this is very heartening news. The GOP has gone overboard in their attacks on Michelle, attempting to portray her as some elitist radical. I agree with Andrew Sullivan that attacking McCain last night didn’t need to be the focus. The issue was letting the American people know that Michelle wasn’t the caricature the the GOP was pushing. On that score, the speech was clearly a home run. Now, about the rest of the week…


August 26, 2008 - Posted by | Battleground States, Media Strategy, talking points | , , , , ,


  1. Ya gotta relax on polling, guys. As Nate points out over at 538, those tracking polls that had all the Kossacks wetting their pants today were completed before Ted and Michelle gave their speeches, and there’s going to be a certain lag in any bounce anyway.

    Best-case scenario, it’s just noise. Worst-case, it’s probably a brief — and I do mean brief — backlash amongst some on Biden. But, while I’m with Rachel Maddow on the whole “post-rational” thing, I do thing those folks will come home, — perhaps, among some, BECAUSE of Biden. (Say what you will about the senator from the Great State of MBNA, he’s got a good record fighting for women.)

    I tend to think it’s somewhere between best-case and worst-case. Perhaps a tiny, almost inconsequential backlash, coupled with some noise. Keep in mind, too, that Obama had a really good end of the week Friday, so some good polling may have dropped off and been met by a bad day or two.

    Michelle kicked ass, and I’m confident people around the country will agree. Now let’s hope Hillary lends a hand, or at least doesn’t do something stupid.

    Comment by Drew J Jones | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. I remain pretty confident that Hillary will come through in a big way. Less so about Bill, but Hillary is the more important act, being in primetime.

    Comment by turneresq | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. 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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