Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Greg Sargent Gives Advice To Obama Campaign

Greg Sargent, at Talking Points Memo, picked up on this Youtube ad. I just think it’s kind of telling when our own progressive bloggers, like those at TPM, Huffington Post, and other Democratic strategists are trying to remedy Obama’s piss-poor media strategy.

We have a problem here. It’s time that problem gets addressed by the Obama campaign. Once you have your campaign’s media strategy being criticized and people are giving you advice on how to run your ads, that’s a pretty big sign that you’re losing at the ad war game.


September 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. To be fair, he writes: this is the work of the National Security Network, the progressive think tank started by former Bush counter-terrorism official Rand Beers.

    Comment by dansac | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Disagree strongly with this. Everybody gives everybody advice about everything. “Obama is losing the media game” is an invention of the right that some on the left, who would apparently prefer the same McCain approach of lies and smears, have taken up as well.

    The problem is when some Democrats take it upon themselves to be “experts” and “know better” than the people who actually do this stuff for a living.

    Talk about message discipline? How about not calling the candidate weak? How about not attacking the nominee? How about not pretending you know better than the people who beat the Clintons in a primary?

    Until this pessimistic, no-nothing, panicky shit changes, consider this my last post on this site.

    Comment by zenbowl | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. Zenbowl, you have it all wrong.

    I’m not saying that Obama should lie in any television ads about McCain, but that Obama should tell the TRUTH about McCain.

    There’s a whole list of chances to attack McCain on without lying. You can do it effectively.

    Comment by slinkerwink | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. And my point is that Obama’s media team isn’t doing this very well at all.

    Comment by slinkerwink | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. To be fair, Obama is getting it now. Let’s allow him the room to re-work his campaign. He’s steadily climbing the polls again. Palin WILL self-implode. McCain is starting to look like a fool on shows like the View.

    I hope we can be patient with the Obama campain and with each other.

    Comment by Suzie Q (not the blogger) | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  6. Slink: As I’ve said to you before many times–Amen! When “everyday” people on YouTube and elsewhere are producing FOR FREE far more exciting, more clever and more informative ads on Obama’s behalf than those officially coming from Obama’s Team, there is indeed a problem–which you have nailed over and over again!

    The Obama Campaign has now acknowledged that they haven’t been as aggressive as they should have been. Well….that’s a start–but let’s hope that they now turn their ad campaign totally around. They certainly had the money to fight the Rovian bombardment (or advertising blitz of complete lies) that they have ignored until this point.

    Comment by Midwesterners | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  7. I will point it out, because apparently it has to be pointed out over and over again.

    Saying that Obama is weak and that he has a poor media strategy is an excellent way to push negative stories in the media. How easy is it for a lazy journalist to log on to “progressive websites” and tap into how progressives feel. And given that half the Democratic party didn’t support him in the primary, how easy is it to find elected officials and party activists willing to criticize anything Obama does.

    It’s an excellent way of portraying your candidate as weak. At this point, you’re doing more harm than good. I know you guys are passionate and that you care, but there are more positive ways to deal with this.

    Comment by Bahrad | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  8. Bahrad – this site is made of differing opinions. Each author has his or her own take on it.

    Comment by dansac | September 13, 2008 | Reply

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