How McCain Can Win

by Sal on October 6, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

bJohn McCain is currently behind in Presidential election by three to eight points, depending on the poll.  With only a month less to go, McCain’s current strategy is obviously not working.  During the last two weeks, the Obama campaign has succeeded in defining the narrative of the day.  McCain needs aggressively to go on the offensive and take control of the narrative of the campaign, and focus it on Obama, as well as propose and sell a positive agenda for the country. 

I propose the following five points of emphasis for the McCain camapign during the last 30 days before the election.  By focusing on these items, McCain will take back the narrative, define himself and Obama, and put the Obama campaign on the defensive. 

  1. Run as a Conservative:  I wote at length about this earlier today.  Conservatism wins, liberalism loses.  When Conservatism is well articulated and explained, it is a winner.  McCain should push a conservative agenda, including getting out in front of Obama on Tax Cuts. 
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  3. Tie the Democrats to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac:  McCain seems hesitant to do this, but this is the biggest under-reported story of the campaign.  The blame of the current financial crisis can easily and effectively be tied to the Democrats, and McCain has proposed reform legislation of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac
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  5. Paint Obama as the Liberal that he is:  Obama is the most liberal Senator in the U.S. Senate, and was equally as liberal during his tenure as a state legislator.  His voting record nees to be thoroughly examined and exposed to the American public.  He has voted for Infanticide (by voting against the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act), has voted to raise taxes countless times, has voted for sex-education for Kindergartners, and countless other liberal, out-of-the-mainstream policies that would make the majority of Americans cringe.  By exposing Obama’s record and putting it up against McCain’s, the contrast will become clear. 
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  7. Expose Obama’s dubious associations with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko.  By showing a pattern of behavior and bad character judgement at the very least, and radical, anti-American left wing ideology at its worst.  The campaign is starting to do that with its ads and through Sarah Palin, but it needs to step up these links, so that the American people see who it is that Barack Obama has formed his political ideology from. 
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  9. Expose Obama’s lack of Leadership:  The American people need to know how Obama consistently breaks promises, votes “present” or doesn’t vote at all, and has not shown any real leadership in his tenure as a Senator or State Senator.  McCain should highlight this and show Obama’s lack of leadership. 

None of these things alone will propel McCain to victory, but together they have the potential to do the damage.  McCain can’t count on the media for support, and even has to fight against the media lies.  Instead, the McCain-Palin team needs to begin an all-out frontal assault on Obama, put forth a positive, Conservative, agenda, and push that agenda non-stop from now to Election Day.

Update:  Apparently, McCain is beginning to employ point #2 above by calling the Democrats out on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.  If they push this and his associations this week, and put forth a real Conservative agenda during tomorrow night’s debate, the polls should start to turn around.

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