Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Beware of Complacency

I know, it’s presumptuous and condescending to speak this way, but I can’t resist. 4 years ago I read so many blog posts optimistically proclaiming victory for Kerry that I truly believed it would come. It only led to increased heartache when he lost.

I am thrilled with the position Obama is in today, I just feel it’s helpful to remember how different things were…two weeks ago! Things change fast these days. Complacency is our biggest adversary now. Polls don’t vote, only people do.

Work. Donate. Focus. Every day from now until election. I’m off to make some battleground calls.


October 4, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Truer words were never spoken. We can’t think that just because Obama is up it’s a lock. This election is still really close.

    Comment by dragonmage06 | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Indulge if you will:
    How to deal as effectively as possible with a smear campaign?
    Point out how desperate these ads are and that desperation is exactly what we don’t need right now in our country.
    Use the clips themselves and use Obama’s voice commenting on them.
    For instance: McCain has an ad that blatantly demeans Obama or uses old lies as truth.
    An effective Obama response would start with Obama saying that his opponent appears to be getting desperate. A portion of the McCain ad then runs.
    Obama finishes with “This kind of desperation doesn’t help our economy, our need for a better health care, our need to leave an ill conceived war, etc…..
    My name is Barack Obama. We need steadiness right now. There are problems we need to solve.

    Comment by Gregg Grinspan | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. I completely agree. Obama will need 10pt+ margin to overcome the expected GOP voter disenfranchisement activities. Voters need to make sure they are accurately registered, know their polling place, understand the local ballot & voting machines, arrive early & be prepared to wait, and bring appropriate ID.
    Election day legal actions or after-the-fact lawsuits won’t help.

    Comment by CParis | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Did you realize that this Obama has a darker skin than normal?
    You don’t want a Michael Jackson as president, do you?
    It’s called the White House, folks.
    Vote for me.

    Comment by John McCain | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. True, although Obama has built himself a pretty impressive lead. I didn’t think it was for real initially, but damned if it hasn’t kept up. has Obama taking his strongest lead ever today (8.2 points), depending on how Gallup comes out.

    Complacency would be dangerous, but it’s not unreasonable to feel good about what’s happened over the last two weeks.

    Comment by Drew | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. To be fair, this weekend they did come out with a preemptive ad calling McCain erratic in the financial crisis that will now try to change the subject. He also came out strong in NC today and made some pretty rough accuesations about McCain’s healthcare plan.

    Comment by Suzie Q (not the blogger) | October 5, 2008 | Reply

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