Shorter Sarah Palin: In order to preserve the First Amendment, the media should be prevented from criticizing government officials.
Interesting. McCain has decided that his last chance is to persuade voters with an intense barrage of commercials that will, for the last few days of the campaign, bring him to parity with Obama on air. However, there is one thing to note about this decision:
The decision to finance a final advertising push is forcing McCain to curtail spending on Election Day ground forces to help usher his supporters to the polls, according to Republican consultants familiar with McCain’s strategy.
The vaunted, 72-hour plan that President Bush used to mobilize voters in 2000 and 2004 has been scaled back for McCain. He has spent half as much as Obama on staffing and has opened far fewer field offices. This week, a number of veteran GOP operatives who orchestrate door-to-door efforts to get voters to the polls were told they should not expect to receive plane tickets, rental cars or hotel rooms from the campaign.
On average, Obama’s 30-minute primetime infomercial managed to outperform the usual broadcast programming in the 8 p.m. time period.
The Obama special was seen by about 26.4 million viewers across broadcasters CBS, NBC and Fox, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. If you add Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, that total climbs to 30.1 million.
There is no way this race won’t tighten in the next 5 days. None. McCain won’t end up with 43 percent of the vote, so he has to move up – whereas Obama has likely hit a bit of a ceiling (but when your ceiling is over 50, that’s not terrible).
In the meantime the McCain campaign is doing a pretty good job at pushing the comeback narrative, and it helps when hacks like Joe Scarborough pick up that meme and run with it as he did this morning.
Just remember than when Scarborough says there is tightening in places like Virginia, NC, and New Mexico – these are all places that he has earlier proclaimed to be guaranteed for McCain (yes, even New Mexico, because McCain is a “son of the Southwest”).
Anyhow, he’s an idiot, but it’s an insight into the inevitable “it’s tightening” drama the networks want, and the McCain camp is only too happy to stoke.
For those who missed it:
File this in the “this can’t be good” department:
John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain’s home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.
The call signals genuine worry about McCain’s home state at a time when several polls show the race to be much closer than expected there.
McCain’s robocall, which was played to us over the phone by Mary Joe Bartel, a retiree who lives south of Tuscon, attacks Obama as unprepared to defend the country from terrorism, singling out Joe Biden’s recent remarks about the likelihood of Obama being tested by an international crisis early in his first term.
Flatly, this is disastrous for McCain. There is absolutely no reason Obama should be competitive in a right-leaning state (admittedly not as red as say Tennessee when Gore lost it) where the GOP presidential nominee makes (one of) his home. It will be interesting to see if this gets any media play.
We’re obviously in the home stretch here, and Flordia, while giving Obama a slight slight lead, is still very close and will likely be decided by a few points in either direction.
Given the tight race there, it’s great to see that he is bringing out all of the big guns:
Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential contender in 2000, will be joined by his wife, Tipper Gore, at a rally for Barack Obama on Friday afternoon at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
Convention center officials announced the event today. It will be held in the Center’s Grand Ballroom, and is expected to be limited to about 2,000 attendees.
Well, maybe not really, but in a blatant act of self-promotion (odd considering I wouldn’t let anyone know my real name), I was featured in an article on PBS:
A person who posts under the user name “Dansac” (he asked me not to use his real name) began “sporadically” publishing at Daily Kos as far back as 2003. Like most others, he became a more active user once his personal hot-button issue became a popular topic in the site’s public discussion. In addition to his postings to the community, he and several Kos diarists splintered off and created their own group political blog, Strategy 08; many diarists have used the mullet blogs as a launchpad for their own efforts.
I’ve been traveling abroad on vacation, but now I’m back and the blogging should pick up more. G’Obama!