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HALPERIN’S TAKE: The Five Best Things That Just Might Come Out Of St. Paul for John McCain
The Page ^ | Sept. 5, 2008 | Mark Halperin

Posted on 09/05/2008 4:10:55 PM PDT by cdchik123

1. Base and independent voter enthusiasm from Palin pick and media bashing locks up most or all of the Red states – allowing McCain to focus on Michigan.

2. The negative frame on Obama –- not-ready elitist hippie –- was burned in –- or, at least, a significant foundation was laid down.

3. Donors and grassroots activists have permanently put aside their doubts about whether McCain can win –- at least through Election Day.

4. Questions about Palin’s vetting or qualifications for the job of vice president will be drowned out by the debates, etc.

5. The national press will cast the race for the foreseeable future as a virtual tie –- not Obama’s to lose.

(Excerpt) Read more at thepage.time.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccain; mccainpalin; palin

1 posted on 09/05/2008 4:10:56 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

Just what we wanted


2 posted on 09/05/2008 4:13:55 PM PDT by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: cdchik123
The GOP ticket can go into blue states like New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Play offense in the Democrats' bailiwick. The left liberal Democratic ticket will need to try to get Florida AND Ohio because without them, there is no combination of votes that gets them to 270.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 09/05/2008 4:16:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: cdchik123
Here it is, a Friday, and the main news items on ABCNews.com, CBSnews.com, CNN.com Yahoo, and Google are McCain, Palin, Hillary (to campaign against McCain and not Palin), and US-Libya relations (only MSNBC.com mention Obama as of this post).

Sounds like the mainstream media is trying to spare Obama a few days of negative press.

4 posted on 09/05/2008 4:19:08 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: cdchik123
Halperin’s too smart by half, there's more than five, and one of the best is how Time and the MSM/DBM are going to continually shoot themselves and Obambi in the foot.
5 posted on 09/05/2008 4:20:30 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (The beauty of conservatism, Sarah Palin.)
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To: cdchik123

Game Set and Match - McCain


6 posted on 09/05/2008 4:20:43 PM PDT by Danae (A Taxpayer voting for Obama is like a Chicken voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: goldstategop
Meanwhile, Barry will have to stretch out to the left in order to keep his base happy and enthused. But by doing so, he loses the swing states.

Meanwhile, McCain, by cutting ties to the GOP establishment without abandoning the base, can run as an outsider.

7 posted on 09/05/2008 4:21:14 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: CatOwner

The media got a black eye this week. They are on the defensive, as is their candidate. We are in good shape.


8 posted on 09/05/2008 4:22:03 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: goldstategop
The GOP ticket can go into blue states like New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Play offense in the Democrats' bailiwick. The left liberal Democratic ticket will need to try to get Florida AND Ohio because without them, there is no combination of votes that gets them to 270.

I was noticing Palin's accent during her acceptance speech. It should help her gain votes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

9 posted on 09/05/2008 4:23:43 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: cdchik123
Questions about Palin’s vetting

No one outside the DNC directed Media took this smear attack seriously. Despite the Establishment Media's daily hystericly desperate smear jobs, Palin's approval numbers went UP this week.

So as usual, the DNC Media has vastly overrated it's influence and importance. We remember you Marky, you are the clown who told the ABC staff they did not have to be balanced in how they reported Kerry Vrs Bush in 2004. We have seen how you Establishement media clowns cordinate your coverage with the DNC. We are not fooled.

10 posted on 09/05/2008 4:25:28 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Yeah, I noticed that. Sounds almost like some of those Ice Road Truckers....


11 posted on 09/05/2008 4:28:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending that the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in a suspension.)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas
Meanwhile, McCain, by cutting ties to the GOP establishment without abandoning the base, can run as an outsider.

Brilliant. And just a few days ago that GOP establishment was complaining that McCain had exercised bad judgment in picking Palin. We see now who has the bad judgment and has exercising that bad judgment for the past 8 years.

12 posted on 09/05/2008 4:30:26 PM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas
The Nicholas Sarkozy strategery.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

13 posted on 09/05/2008 4:30:30 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: cdchik123

They missed the biggest one IMHO - that Sarah Palin gives the GOP some hope for 2012 and beyond. Our bench was pretty much empty.


14 posted on 09/05/2008 4:35:07 PM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: Paleo Conservative; Cyber Liberty; neverdem; tioga; xsmommy; SoothingDave; NeoCaveman
Well, actually she was even more specific than that:

Obviously, by talking “hockey mom” instead of the stereotyped “soccer mom” she pulled every hockey fan across the north, and tripped up the media in every other state. (Hockey is going to pull at least a few Pittsburgh fans in a way that “soccer mom” never could.) This change alone forces the talking heads to think and talk at the same time. Almost impossible.

Likewise with the “snowmachine” designation: This gets the ice fishing crowd by being specific about winter sports, NASCAR (racing) and their world - without bringing up “elite” toys like their private floatplane.

Her other examples (by state name) included Pennsylvania, Ohio (three times), Wisconsin, and Michigan. WV?

As a Texan and Georgian, I'm irritated she didn't pander to the southern states.

15 posted on 09/05/2008 4:54:07 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: cdchik123
Base and independent voter enthusiasm from Palin pick and media bashing locks up most or all of the Red states – allowing McCain to focus on Michigan.

I wouldn't be so quick to say that. NM, NH, VA are trouble spots, though I think VA will tip our way.

I disagree about MI too. Too many normal people have left. The only ones who stay are the entrenched Dems. PA is the sweet spot. Go PAlin Go!! :D

16 posted on 09/05/2008 5:02:26 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Palin 2008 (oh yeah, and McCain too))
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To: bigbob

I agree. Sarah Palin, even if we lose (God forbid), sets us up to win in 2012. And I must not forget Bobby Jindal.


17 posted on 09/05/2008 5:09:24 PM PDT by loungeSerf (Freedom Sucks! Obama 08)
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To: cdchik123

6. When you open a can of whoop-a$$, Sarah Palin jumps out.

7. Sarah Palin could have made Liberace straight.


18 posted on 09/05/2008 5:11:13 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (If you don't vote, you don't matter.)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

Only problem there is that those us us in the swing states have access to YOUtube now and we get to see what he’s already said to the loons! ;)


19 posted on 09/05/2008 5:48:39 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: loungeSerf; bigbob
I agree. Sarah Palin, even if we lose (God forbid), sets us up to win in 2012. And I must not forget Bobby Jindal.

Unless BHO gets the Constitution changed to make him President for Live like his friend Hugo.

20 posted on 09/05/2008 5:48:55 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: cdchik123
here is a couple more:

6. The media, stung by the backlash to their outrageous reporting, will back off and try to give at least the appearance of fairness for a couple of weeks.

7. After receiving a huge broadside from McCain with the Palin pick, Obama is intimidated and has lost his nerve.

21 posted on 09/05/2008 6:02:17 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: cdchik123

If you go by the reaction of their appearance together today they work wonderfully together and I must admit this is a shock. If anything the fear was Palin was going to overshadow McCain but to use another sports metaphor she is raising McCains game and together they may be absolute dynamite on the campaign trail. They seem to be feeding off each others energy and excitement. Who would have thought that of McCain a week ago? I am not sure what the calculus was but I think they were going to head off separately and cover more ground. Putting them together may be the thing to do now.


22 posted on 09/05/2008 6:04:20 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Paleo Conservative

A ticket of Palin-Jindal in 2012 could work. Or Palin with Mike Pence.


23 posted on 09/05/2008 6:05:17 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Paleo Conservative

What accent?


24 posted on 09/05/2008 6:19:34 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Praise God and pass the ammunition!)
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To: bigbob
They missed the biggest one IMHO - that Sarah Palin gives the GOP some hope for 2012 and beyond. Our bench was pretty much empty.

Well, the governors from Minnesota, Utah, and Louisiana, plus Rep. Adam Putnam from Florida are some bright young people for the future.

25 posted on 09/05/2008 6:44:55 PM PDT by khenrich ("I'm going to tell you something: lighten up folks. We have a planet to save." = Pelosi)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

bttt


26 posted on 09/05/2008 6:47:24 PM PDT by petercooper (IQ tests for all voters!)
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To: cdchik123
. Base and independent voter enthusiasm from Palin pick and media bashing locks up most or all of the Red states – allowing McCain to focus on Michigan.

Key to the election right here.

If Palin's selection truly wrapped up traditional GOP red states like Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, and Nevada, Obama cannot win. Lets hope Halperin's take is correct.

27 posted on 09/05/2008 7:39:05 PM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: CharacterCounts
7. After receiving a huge broadside from McCain with the Palin pick, Obama is intimidated and has lost his nerve.

I think you might be right. If you monitor the audio/video of Obama's appearances in the last 24-48 hours you'll see that he is even more bound up and more inarticulate than usual. Biden made a terrible gaffe about prosecuting the Bush administration. Not incidentally, Biden appeared before 100 people, repeat, 100 people in Philadelphia.

Clearly both candidates are off their game back on their heels. Behind the scenes I have no doubt that there staff is at each other's throats and in chaos. They must be frightened about McCain's ability to take in money and the fact that they have lost much of that ability themselves. I am quite sure they have no idea how to compensate for the extraordinary effect of Sarah Palin.

One more gaffe, one surprising event like the invasion of Georgia in the news, could demoralize their campaign beyond recovery.

I expect that they are planning to regroup in the debates. If McCain can keep his moral vision that he articulated or rather portrayed in his acceptance speech, he can weather small gaffes. Palin will certainly be forgiven small gaffes in the debate because the nation knows her and actually loves her and has decided it can live with the limitations of her foreign policy experience.

Of course, the pundits immediately after the debates will tell us what we just saw and that will be that the Democrats won. But their credibility has been so tainted by their appalling treatment of Sarah Palin and their effectiveness will be severely diminished.

Meanwhile, if the McCain camp can take heed from my tagline, they will carry the momentum.


28 posted on 09/05/2008 8:02:56 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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