Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Attack McCain, not Palin

Watching Cong. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on MSNBC right now, and it occurs to me that she (and other Obama surrogates) are framing the attacks on Palin in the wrong way. Yes, she’s inexperienced. Everyone knows that. But attacking her frontally on that a) feels mean, and b) allows Republicans to counter, “What about Obama?” (Not that I find that argument persuasive, but it hands them a talking point.)

I’ve been saying for months that the significance of a VP pick has less to do with who they are and what states they would carry, and more to do with what it says about the presidential candidate. And that’s exactly how Dems should be using Palin’s inexperience:

What John McCain has shown with this pick is that his talk of the importance of experience was obviously just a cynical campaign ploy. The same goes for his pick of Sarah Palin.


August 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. If the first important decision a Presidential candidate makes is his VP choice…

    If John McCain thinks the War on Terror is the transcendental issue of our time…

    then what does this say about HIS JUDGMENT?

    Comment by stevie314159 | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. A VP pick is the public viewing of a last will and testimony of a potential president.

    VP selection allows fairly the judgement ,health, age of a presidential candidate to be discussed.

    Hopefully Obama/Biden put the dagger gently and firmly in McCain for his VP choice,and her potential to be the President of the U.S.A.

    Comment by P.B. | August 30, 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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