Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Quick Debate Thoughts


I thought Obama had a very solid night. He was absolutely on his game on Foreign Policy, especially when it came to Iraq. This was clearly the exchange of the night:

As for McCain, he was able to control the narrative on the Economy somewhat, drawing the discussion to Earmarks, as if that is our huge problem right now. However, Obama isn’t really known as some sort of “Earmark King,” so I don’t know how much that will resonate.

Finally, where is Sarah Palin? Biden was all over the networks doing a good job supporting Obama, but she was nowhere to be found. Apparently, her disastrous interviews have gotten her a timeout from the McCain Camp. The fact that she isn’t out there supporting McCain is very telling.


September 27, 2008 - Posted by | Battleground States, Economy, foreign policy, Media Strategy | , ,


  1. In the beginning it didn’t look good for either of the candidates, but I think they pulled it together starting from the middle and the ending. Good work Senators!

    Comment by trellskig | September 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Not to be a total CW whore, but I think you’ll be able to tell by the SNL opening sketch tonight how the debate will be interpreted. If they focus on McCain’s dismissiveness, Obama wins. If they portray Obama as endlessly agreeing with McCain, then McCain wins. My guess is that they’ll go with the former, because there’s more comedic potential in it.

    Comment by gdh1 | September 27, 2008 | Reply

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