Tuesday, October 14, 2008

To Win, McCain Must Bring Up Wright/Ayers

The situation is looking fairly dire for Sen. McCain at the moment. The MSM is salivating over the reported anger being expressed at McCain rallies, some of which has been inappropriate and over the top. As if the left hasn't spent the last eight years behaving in a similar fashion.

Even if the Dow stabilizes, at this point the economy simply won't work as an issue for the party in power.

In the meantime, Obama's surrogates and supporters in the media are playing the race card in what appears to be a preemtive strike against what they see as coming attacks, focusing on Obama's former associates.

Both are intertwined.

The right isn't as angry at Obama as they are at McCain. At this moment they see the senator as shying away from attacks on Obama for his relationships with Wright and Ayers. These relationships have proven to be a salient issue with the electorate and if McCain goes through tomorrow's debate without hitting Obama hard on this, he has, in all likelyhood, blown his last good chance to significantly close the gap.

If McCain hasn't figured this out yet, the Democrats certainly have. All of this talk about racism and intolerance and the increased talk of the "Bradley Effect" is a preview of what is to come, if McCain begins hitting Obama hard on Wright/Ayers.

In addition to claiming that McCain is trying to shift focus away from the economy, the left will also claim that McCain's attacks are a subliminal swipe at Obama's inner city Chicago roots.

I don't think it will work.

McCain must try and get Obama's dubious associations into the news cycle and he must do it now.

Obama's supporters will inevitably say that these things don't matter and that we should be talking about something else. The McCain campaign should respond by suggesting that we let the voters decide what matters and what does not.

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joeeightpack said...

Basically what you're saying here is that McCain's only hope left is to bring up one dubious associate who the press already devoted about two months of attention to and another whose association with Obama was limited to one coffee fundraiser and serving on the board of a Republican funded education initiative?

Maybe McCain ought to think about telling people why the hell they should even consider voting for him, a subject he's been lax on comparatively? Or is he so beaten down that he can only hope for 'anti-Obama' votes?

Well, it'll at least be nice and convenient for all the pundits when Obama wins. They can say that McCain didn't press these associations enough or the media didn't give them enough traction. No one will have to admit he was lacking in leadership and horrific with his campaign decisions.

knowitall said...

Obama's supporters looked passed everything, including the fact that he was one of the elitist illuminati in Congress for the passed two years making horrible decisions.