Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Hey, McCain: Stop Telegraphing Your Punches!

I realize the McCain campaign is unlikely to ask me for advice, nor would I want them to take it, but imagine for a second that they asked my thoughts on the best way to inject Rev. Wright into the campaign. The first thing I would tell them is don’t do it, since it would look like a transparently desperate gimmick. But if they insisted on it, I would advise them to, as much as possible, keep it under the radar. Rely on robocalls, radio ads, email campaigns and the like. Basically, get the message out to voters but try to avoid alerting the national media. (Of course, I doubt they would be able to pull that off, which takes us back to my first point.)

What I would not advise them to do is loudly hint that they might bring it up, and rationalize it with the transparently bullshit figleaf of John Lewis’ comments. That’s the exact opposite: alerting the national media without actually getting the attack in front of voters. Now, if voters do hear about Wright, it will be via the MSM in the context of a bunch of process stories that emphasize McCain’s desperation and flip-flopping.

I don’t claim any great political wisdom for this insight. All you need to do is notice that they tried the exact same approach with Ayers, and we all know how well that’s worked out.

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October 21, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Racists are a crucial Swing Voter Demographic this year.

    Check out McCain telling Pennsylvanians that he AGREES with Murtha that Pennsylvanians are Racist!

    http://swingvoters.wordpress.com

    It appears McCain is reaching out to two important groups of Swing Voters: Racists and Cunning Linguists!

    Comment by CA | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Are the people gonna hear more about the GOP stealing the election like we heard about ACORN? This is serious and the people need to make the MSM like (CNN and MSNBC) be more responsible and inform the public about these types of issues instead of nonsense.

    There is a repeat of the 2000 and 2004 voter suppression and purging of registrations going on in this election. If the MSM don’t report and put and end to the madness Obama is going to lose.

    Have your say people and make the MSM report about it. Kieth and Rachel has already started the crusade.

    Comment by trellskig | October 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. I wonder how much of the more than one Billion dollars spent since the beginning of the campaign (primaries included) went to the medias.

    Very hard for the media to complain about anything. At $30M a week since july, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. And you might have a tendency to favor one side more than another (for instance the Nader side).

    A bit troublesome

    Comment by SanAntonio | October 22, 2008 | Reply


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