Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Must Read LA Times on John McCain’s “Gamble”

A must-read article from the LA times reveals that McCain used little more than “the Google” to vet Gov. Palin:

On Monday, the McCain campaign dispatched lawyers to Alaska in a move described as an attempt to manage a growing crowd of journalists who have traveled there to inspect Palin’s background. But the move raises the impression that the McCain campaign didn’t know everything about his No. 2 and is now racing to learn what it can while trying to avoid tough questions about the Arizona senator’s decision-making process.

“I really hope McCain did his homework,” said David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush. “I cannot stifle a growing sense of unease that he didn’t.”

A former McCain advisor, Mike Murphy, said Monday that it remained an open question whether “the running mate in a good or bad way becomes a window into the skills of the nominee.”

Most dangerous of all, McCain’s team does not seem to know what new development, if any, might grab the public’s attention.

One Republican strategist with close ties to the campaign described the candidate’s closest supporters as “keeping their fingers crossed” in hopes that additional information does not force McCain to revisit the decision. According to this Republican, who would discuss internal campaign strategizing only on condition of anonymity, the McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin’s potential pitfalls. Just over a week ago, Palin was not on McCain’s short list of potential running mates, the Republican said.

This story is about to get blown wide open, I think. There is also some minor chatter about her being removed from the ticket. As far as that goes, even with all of the this stuff coming to light, I didn’t think there was much of a chance that McCain would dump her, absent some new incendiary revelation. But thinking it over, if the McCain camp thinks she’ll be permanently damaged by one of the existing issues (joining up with a group that wants to make Alaska its own country? *Really?*), I could absolutely see it happening. And reducing the vetting to a Google search? What was he thinking? Frankly, I’m almost completely uninterested in Gov. Palin at this point. The focus should be on McCain and his complete failure to take the vetting of a potential vice-president seriously, and his cynical choice for political gain.

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September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, Veepstakes | , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Now if only the MSM would stop calling what he did a “gamble” and start calling it “irresponsible management,” which it indeed and evidently was. We’re talking about the potential commander-in-chief, someone responsible for American economic and national security, and the security of our allies, too. Batshit crazy decision-making. This has been the first time in this entire campaign process that I felt honestly scared, in a visceral way. Then, watching the GOP base respond, I felt scared all over again. Please, please, journalists & journalist-bloggers, do your jobs on this one. We need you.

    Comment by CLH | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Gamble does imply a certain recklessness, but I agree with you.

    Comment by turneresq | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!!!

    John McCain knows how to use the Google?

    Comment by dansac | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. A lot of conservativos are really pissed about this “bad decision” McSurge let the “big guys” talk him into and he will pay dearly for it. I don’t think he even vetted the woman enough. I feel kinda bad for McSurge at this point.

    Comment by trellskig | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. I’m with CLH. It’s going to take a concerted effort by the NetRoots to call attention to the horrible decision making process by McCain before the MSN picks up on it.

    The ‘Pubs will push back hard, but I believe it is up to the blogging community to help expose McCain’s judgement to lead.

    Comment by Bruce Williamson | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. Here is the Gamble the U.S. is taking —

    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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