McCain’s Last Chance

by Ryan on October 26, 2008

in Culture,Economy,Election 2008,International Relations,Media Bias,Politics,Religion

There are 9 days until Election Day and John McCain has to make his final pitch to the people, unload all his cash, unleash the 527s, and unfortunately hope for something unexpected to help.  Dick Morris wrote an oped which lays out how three times since World War II, the underdog made up the difference in the last week or so: Truman 1948, Reagan 1980 and Clinton 1992 (he also adds Gore in 2000 as an unusual case). 

Morris thinks McCain can be the next one to do it and his prescription is simple enough: use the tumbling market to highlight Obama tax policy, bring back Reverend Wright, and warn about how Democrat dominance = socialism.  Not a bad strategy if done passionately.

In my opinion, McCain also needs to stop running for President like he’s jockeying for Senate street-cred after his potential loss next week.  Why not bring up Reverend Wright, or as Morris points out, why not let the 527s let loose on him?  Those voters who think McCain’s a racist have already been built into the poll-handicap, but many others remember Wright as “anti-American,” not “black” (which is, I’m sure, McCain’s biggest fear about bringing Wright up).  What’s McCain got to lose?  Except, perhaps, a Presidential Election where McCain has handicapped himself in too many ways for no good reason.  Politics is a contact sport and McCain has to stop letting Obama, the wuss-like elite Liberal snob, look tougher than he is.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jill October 26, 2008 at 11:15 am

I don’t think there are that many 527′s out there on the GOP side this time. John McCain vigorously spoke out against them over the past 4 years and wanted to control his own message. Last time the main 527 was the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and they had a personal reason to attack John Kerry – the way he puffed up his record and denigrated Vietnam vets as war criminals. The Swift Boat Vets didn’t particularly care what George W. Bush thought of their campaign, they had a bone to pick with Kerry. When Kerry responded by calling them liars a lot of people stepped up to give that group money. There isn’t any comparable organization this time.

It’s too late for someone else to come in with a dramatic new attack on Sen. Obama. Sen. McCain needs to continue making his own case. Frankly, I’d prefer he film a couple of simple ads with him looking into the camera and bluntly stating why Obama is a bad choice and he [McCain] is a much better choice. Skip the announcer and just calmly explain why raising taxes, a pro-redistribution mentality, and no will to stand up to a heavily Democratic controlled congress will not be good for America.

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Mike October 26, 2008 at 11:47 am

I think McCain is doing what he needs to do right now. Not that he’s in a great position, but it’s all he can do. He’s using Joe the Plumber to hammer Obama on “spreading the wealth” while also using Biden’s words to slip in a reminder about foreign policy. He’s also subtly bringing up Obama’s God complex, which should be able to resonate once the 30-minute infomercial plays.

Bringing up Wright and Ayres at this point will only look more desperate than it did the first time while distracting everyone from his current message which I think is resonating.

I do like the idea of McCain speaking directly to the camera though.

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Chris October 26, 2008 at 7:03 pm

This infomercial which, thank goodness, I won’t be able to see as I’ll be doing something else that evening, does have the potential to hurt Obama, depsite the fact that “The Oprah” is producing it. Let Freedom Ring’s ad campaign has been very good, but they need to up their spending and be all over the place this week.

I pretty much agree with all the statements made…I would also add that Sarah needs to be all over the place this week and pretty darn vocal…it will be very interesting to watch international events this week…the US just bombed targets in Syria this weekend. Tzipi Livni has been unable to form a government this week and Kadima may want to do something to avoid new elections and a return of Bibi (something I support)…we’ll see.

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Chris October 27, 2008 at 5:15 am

And here’s some fuel to add to that fire!

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Sal October 27, 2008 at 11:02 am

The 2001 audio reinforces the Joe the Plumber argument, and should be used as well. Barack Obama is a Socialist who goes against the mainstream of American’s center-right political leanings. He has sucessfully fought that argument, and has made himself out to be center-right. If America sees him for the leftist that he is, they will be less inclined to support him.

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