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Palin bounce has Democrats off balance
Los Angeles Times ^ | September 9, 2008 | Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook

Posted on 09/09/2008 11:29:31 PM PDT by Plutarch

Some fear Obama's more aggressive tone could enhance her appeal among white, blue-collar voters.

The emergence of Sarah Palin as a political force in the presidential race has left many top Democrats fretting that, just two weeks after their convention ended on an emotional high, Barack Obama's campaign has suddenly lost its stride.

Obama has responded aggressively this week to Palin's presence on the Republican ticket, using TV ads and campaign rallies to attack her contention that she is a political reformer who will take on the Washington establishment -- a role Obama has long claimed as his alone.

But some Democrats are now worried about the perils of Obama's strategy, saying that his campaign, instead of engaging the Alaska governor, should avoid any move that draws more attention to her and could enhance her appeal among the white, blue-collar voters who remain cool to Obama's candidacy.

A series of new polls suggests that Palin has given a major boost to John McCain's campaign, exciting the GOP base, winning over white women and all but erasing Obama's lead.

Concern among Democrats was high enough Tuesday that Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)...felt it necessary to cite historical polling data at a lunch of Democratic senators to convince them that post-convention "bounces" ...have often faded in past elections.

To reassure nervous lawmakers, Durbin also reviewed Democratic registration gains this year in key battleground states.

Still, Democrats expressed anxiety about the new challenge suggested by recent surveys showing McCain has gained ground among independent voters and women, who could decide the race in states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bounce; mccain; mccainpalin; obama; palin; palinping
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Arlette Figdore of York, Pa., right, holds a campaign sign with an image of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "Rosie the Riveter" at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pa.

1 posted on 09/09/2008 11:29:31 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

Off balance? They’re unconscious.


2 posted on 09/09/2008 11:31:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain/Palin '08! Real change you won't have to "believe in." You'll be able to see it!!!)
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To: Plutarch

if he cant handle palin how he gonna handle putin?


3 posted on 09/09/2008 11:34:00 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Plutarch

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4 posted on 09/09/2008 11:34:09 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: Plutarch
Since the Palin selection Obama has grown quite shrill in his attacks. He's shaking in his boots and proving he lacks a presidential demeanor.
5 posted on 09/09/2008 11:34:12 PM PDT by highlander_UW (In addition to being able to field dress a moose, Gov. Palin can field dress a donkey too!)
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To: Plutarch

Thanks for posting this article.


“a political reformer who will take on the Washington establishment — a role Obama has long claimed as his alone.”

Obama didn’t want to ‘confront’ the Washington Establishment, like Sarah does.

What Obama wants is for the Washington Establishment to kneel at his feet.


6 posted on 09/09/2008 11:35:14 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Plutarch

Obama seems to be running against Bush and Palin now.

I think he forgot about McCain! LOL

He is going to get his ass handed to him in the debates.


7 posted on 09/09/2008 11:36:30 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Plutarch

The battleground states are still close according to recent polls, so we need to keep hitting Obama hard with a message of cutting waste, drilling, and lowering taxes if it’s possible.


8 posted on 09/09/2008 11:47:13 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Plutarch
The democrats' planks:


9 posted on 09/09/2008 11:48:03 PM PDT by jddqr (White queen checkmates black king: http://palincheckmate.com)
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To: Plutarch

The Democrats bought a pig in a poke.


10 posted on 09/09/2008 11:48:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Barack Obama has "Jumped the Pig".)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“...and all but erasing Obama’s lead.”

How about CRUSHED Obama’s lead ?


11 posted on 09/09/2008 11:48:19 PM PDT by billmor (Friday:Red Shirt Day- silent no more..,McCain and Palin-the right team for '08)
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To: Plutarch
The emergence of Sarah Palin as a political force in the presidential race has left many top Democrats fretting that, just two weeks after their convention ended on an emotional high, Barack Obama's campaign has suddenly lost its stride.

Lost its stride?! After two weeks??? It lost its stride and fell flat the day after Obama's speech. That was the day that Sarah Palin was announced as VP, she hadn't even said anything yet!

12 posted on 09/09/2008 11:48:52 PM PDT by It's me
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To: Plutarch

The late George Carlin campaigns for McCain.


13 posted on 09/09/2008 11:49:30 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Barack Obama has "Jumped the Pig".)
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To: It's me

It lost its stride during Operation Chaos.


14 posted on 09/09/2008 11:50:09 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Barack Obama has "Jumped the Pig".)
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To: Plutarch

Oh, nice posters! “We can do it!” is a lot better than the vague and meaningless “Yes we can.” Or, even better, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” I never did figure that one out, but I’m just a bitter clinger.


15 posted on 09/09/2008 11:50:36 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Plutarch

Question.

Why are “white people” suddenly so important to a “colorblind/class-blind/open society/post-racial” Democratic party?


16 posted on 09/09/2008 11:54:21 PM PDT by wac3rd (Carter80/Obama08)
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To: Plutarch
At the same time, they fear it could cloud Obama's carefully honed image as a post-partisan politician.

That ship has sailed. Obambi is the same old low-down dirty tricks cheating and lying politican that the Chicago machine has always turned out.

17 posted on 09/09/2008 11:55:16 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: highlander_UW

“He’s shaking in his boots and proving he lacks a presidential demeanor.”

He never had Presidential demeanor—just a speechmaker with a teleprompter.

Unscripted he looks like a guy that just got bested in a debate, because he just isn’t anywhere as smart as his carefully created image.

McCain and Palin, imperfect as are all humans, are the real deal. People see and sense that quality.

He should be shaking in his boots about how he will defend against Wright and Ayers and Rezco and birth certificates and his family connections, if the right-side 527s has to counter dirt with truth.


18 posted on 09/09/2008 11:56:59 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Jeff Chandler
The Democrats bought a pig in a poke.

Racist! Oh, wait. . .Sexist! No, no, that's not it. . .

19 posted on 09/09/2008 11:57:13 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Plutarch
Palin bounce has Democrats off balance

Well, if he wasn't always staring at her chest when she walks, it wouldn't be a problem.

20 posted on 09/10/2008 12:04:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Barack Obama has "Jumped the Pig".)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think you’re right on that one. Obama limped across the finish line with Hillary nipping at his heals. I think once people got to see and hear Palin and McCain, they found a reason to move away from undecided to McCain, and think most will stay there. Why?
Because Obama is played out, and every compliment in the world has been used to describe the new “messiah” in the media. If people aren’t sold on him by now, then I’m not sure there is much left Obama can say to convince them.
The convention allowed people to hear McCain’s message and story, and along with the electrifying Palin pick, it really moved people firmly to McCain’s side.

I know some state polls are too close for comfort, but I think we will pull it out in the end.


21 posted on 09/10/2008 12:06:24 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Plutarch

Heh... Bounce, oh yeah! That only just begins to describe their problems. Bring in an honest politician that actually believes in helping people...well, just watch them melt in the next two months. They can NOT compete with integrity and it will show sooner than later.

Damn, don’t you just love politics when it works!


22 posted on 09/10/2008 12:28:10 AM PDT by Deagle
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To: snarkytart
I know some state polls are too close for comfort, but I think we will pull it out in the end.

The whole world knows Obama is going to lose this election. You cannot win the undecideds in a close election for president by calling a female opponent a pig in lipstick.

This is not the tone of someone of presidential stature. He has been exposed as nothing but an unprincipled jackass who folds under pressure.

23 posted on 09/10/2008 1:06:42 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
The whole world knows Obama is going to lose this election. You cannot win the undecideds in a close election for president by calling a female opponent a pig in lipstick. This is not the tone of someone of presidential stature. He has been exposed as nothing but an unprincipled jackass who folds under pressure.

I hope you're right, and the public is smart enough to see him for what he is, and also not be deterred by the vicious lies and smears against Palin coming everyday.
24 posted on 09/10/2008 1:11:04 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: hsalaw

Obama uses the royal “we” but it insinuates “me” or “I”


25 posted on 09/10/2008 1:14:37 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Made in USA and proud of it.)
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To: Plutarch

This just gets gooder and gooder folks!

After McCain/Palin are sworn in and Obama goes back to being a nobody Senator his fellow RATS will turn on him big time. Count on it.


26 posted on 09/10/2008 1:15:15 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

The stature thing is going to hurt him big time. Being “presidential” is important, Dukakis’s helmet in a tank basically ended his campaign because no one could picture him as the president after that.


27 posted on 09/10/2008 1:24:42 AM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Plutarch
Barack Obama's campaign has suddenly lost its stride.

Lost its stride????

Homeboy never had a stride to begin with.

Obammie has never been nothing more than a liberal-guilt, media-hype created creature.

28 posted on 09/10/2008 1:29:58 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1

nothing = anything


29 posted on 09/10/2008 1:34:03 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Plutarch
Obama is exposed as unbalanced.
30 posted on 09/10/2008 2:22:16 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: highlander_UW
The Zero is stepping in it further and further....
31 posted on 09/10/2008 4:22:40 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88
The Zero is stepping in it further and further....

And this article was from last night. Since then, he's stepped into it further!

32 posted on 09/10/2008 1:27:40 PM PDT by Plutarch
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