Friday, September 12, 2008

Is McCain/Palin In Obama's Head?

Obama and his campaign have been showing signs of having been rattled by the VP pick of Palin. However, there were signs before the VP selection that the Obama campaign could be rattled. First, the celebrity ad. Outrage, and cries of foul abounded over an ad that basically poked fun at Obama's celebrity and his legions of euphoric supporters. Second, Saddleback. Not the event itself, but the cries of cheating that came from the Obama campaign. It couldn't be that McCain outperformed Obama there must have been foul play. So the Obama campaign screams cheater because Senator McCain wasn't hermetically sealed in in a sound proof pod, or 'cone of silence'. Their reaction was both foolish, and a sign that even minor victories by the McCain campaign could rattle them. However, the pre-Palin kicker is that someone convinced Senator Obama to give a mediocre acceptance speech. What is the one area where Senator Obama has a decisive edge? Speech making; and he under-performed. How that happened should be studied in political science classes in years to come, because forfeiting a strength in any arena is flat crazy.

Then comes the VP picks. Obama doesn't want Clinton, and chooses a candidate to help him appear more experienced so he picks Biden. McCain supporters chuckle as Senator Biden is a legendary 'Gaffe Machine'. Everyone else yawns. Good guy, fairly safe pick, but no one really cares. Then it's McCain's turn. Everyone is predicting Romney or Pawlenty, both safe choices, but again not terribly exciting. The McCain campaign keeps the pick completely secret, and then Palin explodes on the scene. She gave a good opening speech, but there were a lot of questions about her still to be addressed. The Obama campaign immediately took a shot at her, but then retracted the statement as harsh and unnecessary. The media loses its mind. Certainly that's not the Obama camps fault, but their obvious Obama bias and hysterical reaction to Palin does not help their favorite candidate. Clumsily the Obama campaign chimed in with cracks about her experience as a small town mayor, and dismissed her experience as a sitting Governor. This opened the door for Palin to clock Obama on his community organizer experience during her acceptance speech, which was such a powerful speech that it made the media and Obama look foolish for their attacks.

Since then the Obama campaign has struggled to get its bearings. First, Obama acted horrified that Palin challenged his community organizer experience, when he had really set himself up. Then his campaign had a meltdown over Palin's comment that she had pulled the plug on the 'Bridge to No Where'. Instead of criticizing Palin's original support for a different version of the bridge, or questioning what that money should have been spent on after the project was dead, the Obama campaign instead freaked out. They called Palin a liar, they called the McCain/Palin ticket corrupt, yet in the end Palin did pull the plug on the 'Bridge to No Where' and the Obama campaign's over-reaction looked foolish and unstable. Then comes Senator Obama's 'Lipstick on a pig' comment. One can argue intent all day long, however, there is little argument that the comment was incredibly stupid. Particularly, since in the same day he made another comment about a 'stinking fish', and another campaign member also referenced lipstick in a less than flattering way. For someone who is typically graceful in his use of language, "The fierce urgency of now", "We are not red states or blue states, we are the United States", talking about lipstick on pigs after Palin made a lipstick joke during her speech is at best sloppy and out of character.

Today the fumbling continues. An ad criticizing Senator McCain's out of date attire from 1982, and challenging his apparent internet ineptitude has to be one of the weakest attack ads put out in years. Maybe that helps him somehow with the youth vote, but he already has the youth vote. Most people over the age of 30 know at some point in their lives they've worn a silly outfit, and/or had a bad hair day. As for lack of internet experience, who cares? It's an odd argument that I can't imagine helps the campaign. The Obama campaign has abandoned their 'new politics' argument for random and silly attacks. It's not just that they're struggling since the Palin pick and the convention, its that they're panicking. They're only down a few points in the polls, the real problem isn't the numbers it's that the McCain/Palin ticket has them completely flustered.

Is McCain/Palin in Obama's Head?


yourbro said...

Please stop listening to the right wing spin machines on how the media loves Obama and wants him to win. The media, in general, will cover whoever is exciting. Obama is (huge crowds) and McCain is not. Now that Sarah Palin has come in the media is giving her tons of coverage based on a very good delivery of a speech. (something the right has said about Obama) In reality, the media gets a failing grade on challenging BOTH candidates for their inconsistencies (Fox news will challenge Obama, and Keith Olberman or Rachael Maddow will for MSNBC).

I know that you want McCain to win, but you need to look at his/ and her hypocrisies as well. If he/she is running a campaign saying they are going to run a campaign designed to take on Washington/ lobbyists/earmarks and the system, it is only fair that people will call you out if you show that you have been playing the game that you say your against.

It is part of Palin’s job to get money for her state. She is the Governor and getting money for her state is part of her job. But please don’t come out a say you are against the very things that you supported. If you are not lying you are at least quite disingenuous. By the way how does questioning “The Bridge” make Obama look unstable and foolish? Had he not challenged that claim of “thanks but no thanks” he would be guilty of running an inept campaign.

As for the pig reference, that is a fairly common political cliché that even McCain has used himself. I can understand if you are not familiar with it, it could seem insensitive, but everyone in the political arena knows this saying and therefor it is a non-event. The fake outrage over this remark is part of the political game. Just like the fake outrage over all the people that are interested in Obama. Whether it be his speech in Germany or his outdoors speech at the convention, if the best criticism is that he should know his place or the set that he speaks in front of is pompous, then you don’t have an argument at all. I know the outrage is designed to get some to believe that he is not in touch with the common person, but its all part of the distraction game. If one is really into the thinking and not being politically motivated they won’t buy into this crap

yourbro said...

just a follow up - I realize in paragraph 3 I said you. I mean McCain/Palin when I said you. I am charging them with lying or being disingenuous. No personal attack meant on you personally.

kmorrison said...

I do agree that the media gets a failing grade with both candidates. It's rare for the media to ask a question on any issue of either candidate. However, I disagree that they have been favorable to Palin. In fact I think they've had a meltdown over her nomination. People are calling into networks to tell them to knock it off. People like Mark Penn (D) have even said that the media has lost its credibility.

Senator McCain has a record of a reformer, has been a consistent champion fighting pork barrel spending, and has a record of campaign reform.

Senator Obama has a series of flip flops on public funding, Fisa, and gun control, which is surprising considering how thin his legislative record is.

The lipstick remark, I believe was simply sloppy. Everyone knows the reason that comment is a problem is because of Palin's lipstick joke from the week before. It was clumsy of Senator Obama, and I think it shows that he has been rattled.

kmorrison said...

-- No offense taken - Thanks for the comment.