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The Obama Campaign is in Disarray
Real Clear Politics ^ | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 09/17/2008 7:18:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

The Obama Campaign is in Disarray By Jonah Goldberg

After running a brilliant and historic primary battle to defeat Hillary Clinton, the Obama campaign is now in disarray. Why?

Perhaps it's because Barack Obama has never run a competitive race against a Republican. After all, Obama won his U.S. Senate seat in Illinois by running against Alan Keyes, a fire-and-brimstone, right-wing black carpetbagger from Maryland (or perhaps Mars) who had no real ties to Illinois.

Now, facing John McCain's blistering ads, Obama seems unable to fight fire with fire. The Democratic rank and file are furious (while simultaneously denouncing McCain's negativity).

Obama, they may be realizing, doesn't know how to close the deal.

Nonetheless, the Obama campaign has vowed, once again, to take the gloves off and go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush and highlighting the fact that the Arizona senator is out of touch.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


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1 posted on 09/17/2008 7:18:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Barack Obama has never run a competitive race against a Republican.

I have always thought this would come back to bite Obama.

He walked into his Senate seat without a sweat and doesn't have the fortitude to handle this kind of campaign.

2 posted on 09/17/2008 7:20:45 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In Deseret? I thought they were in De Nile!.............


3 posted on 09/17/2008 7:21:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Obama camapign is a lively corpse, and the election is still close. Better campaign hard or we may still lose.


4 posted on 09/17/2008 7:21:12 AM PDT by devere
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To: Sub-Driver

by calling him old, and old, and white, and old.... and did I mention that he’s old...

He doesn’t look like those other guys on the dollar bill... he isn’t green like obama.


5 posted on 09/17/2008 7:21:47 AM PDT by Porterville (Mac Truck)
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To: Sub-Driver

6 posted on 09/17/2008 7:22:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin (.)
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To: TexasNative2000
...go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush...

Shhhhhhh!....Don't tell them BUSH AIN'T RUNNING!!!!!.................

7 posted on 09/17/2008 7:22:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...the Obama campaign has vowed...to take the gloves off and go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush...”

Since McCain was never linked up to Bush’s Administration, or to Bush personally for that matter, this will be hard slogging for the Democrats.

On top of this, it appears Troopergate is a flop up in Alaska.

My, how things are looking up!


8 posted on 09/17/2008 7:23:59 AM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Current tool in the Obama campaign arsenal:


9 posted on 09/17/2008 7:25:00 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Sub-Driver
"...the Obama campaign has vowed, once again, to take the gloves off and go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush and highlighting the fact that the Arizona senator is out of touch."

Is this the 6th or 54th time this has been said and attempted. The regular American folk are not buying it, only the choir bows down to this rhetoric. I'm actually starting to laugh when I hear it yet once again, and again, and again...ad infinitum. Keep it coming so I may keep on laughing!!!

10 posted on 09/17/2008 7:25:01 AM PDT by LakeLady (Lipstick does not improve the PIAPS (pig in a pant suit).)
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To: Sub-Driver

As I was running to the store yesterday, I noticed a new crop of Obama posters in several front yards in my neighborhood that were not there the day before. They stick out because the small KC suburb I live in is very red. I haven’t seen any McCain posters at all.


11 posted on 09/17/2008 7:25:38 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Sub-Driver
doesn't know how to close the deal.

He doesn't actually have a deal to close, that's the problem.

Like buying a car: we're down to the point where we want to see the car and get the keys, and he's still telling us what a lovely shade of blue it is.

12 posted on 09/17/2008 7:25:54 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (The average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. - Ratatouille)
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To: TexasNative2000

“He walked into his Senate seat without a sweat and doesn’t have the fortitude to handle this kind of campaign.”

Bingo.

Now imagine: If he can’t handle the Campaign, how well do folks think he’ll be able to handle the job?..........

WELL ABOVE HIS PAY-GRADE!


13 posted on 09/17/2008 7:26:18 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: Sub-Driver
After running a brilliant and historic primary battle to defeat Hillary Clinton,

It wasn't all that brilliant. As the affirmative action candidate, people decided he was entitled. He had it in the bag. His race was all anyone talked about, and still talk about. The first black man to run for president. Let's vote for him. Aren't we holy?

14 posted on 09/17/2008 7:26:20 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("I don't know of a single thing Obama has done except talk and write". -- Newt Gingrich)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama campaign has vowed, once again, to take the gloves off and go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush and highlighting the fact that the Arizona senator is out of touch.

Wow, what a novel approach. That's never been tried before. Good luck with that, 0bama.

15 posted on 09/17/2008 7:26:30 AM PDT by Doohickey (Wingnut: A small, dense object that spins easily (See: Obama, Barack))
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To: Sub-Driver

Hillary was hamstrung as she couldnt criticize Obama too harshly and also she didnt bring out Wright early enough.

So the lesson is hit hard on the issues, like increasing taxes on small business means everyone pays more and job losses, and dont wait too long to use the Wright, Rezko and Ayers scandals.


16 posted on 09/17/2008 7:26:53 AM PDT by igoramus08
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To: Sub-Driver
Besides, by this logic, Obama is even less qualified to be commander in chief because, unlike McCain, Obama has never fired a gun, ...

Is this really true? Is that even possible in America?

17 posted on 09/17/2008 7:27:14 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Porterville

The left self-justifies being bigotted about McCain’s age while at the same time trying to make any comment on 0bama into something about race.


18 posted on 09/17/2008 7:27:42 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Sub-Driver
He is a candidate who has never had to sell himself to voters who weren't already sold

nuff said....

19 posted on 09/17/2008 7:28:33 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: LakeLady

I hear BO tagging McCain with “the Bush connection,” in his speeches but it doesn’t ring true. The line is usually a tail end to some mouthy paragraph, falling off for lack of air.


20 posted on 09/17/2008 7:28:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: FrdmLvr
As the affirmative action candidate, people decided he was entitled.

I think the only thing that the campaign did that was "brilliant" was to hide their candidate from scrutiny by employing the platitudes of "hope" and "change". By doing so, no one got to know him well enough to dislike him. This strategy no longer works in the general.

21 posted on 09/17/2008 7:29:38 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Sub-Driver

Democrat campaigns are touchy feely creepy crawly.


22 posted on 09/17/2008 7:33:41 AM PDT by Enterprise (No Oil for Democrats!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I think we must remember that Obama boasted about running his whopping huge, expensive and highly populated campaign as “executive experience” as compared to the Mayorship of “Wassilly”... So the brilliance of the ad mentioned in the article, reflects entirely upon him. What a genius! Three shots to the foot in a single ad! Poking fun at the elderly, missing that McCain was practically a pioneer in Internet campaigning (as attested by Forbes)and underscoring his heroism in a very poignant way that untold millions can appreciate... discomfort at a keyboard a result of torture.

Barack scores minus three on the Niccolò Macchiavelli Meter.


23 posted on 09/17/2008 7:33:52 AM PDT by Mancolicani
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To: Sub-Driver
In 2000...Slate's Jacob Weisberg gushed that McCain was the most "cybersavvy" of all the presidential candidates that year, a crop that included none other than Al Gore. Being chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Weisberg explained, "forced him to learn about the Internet early on, and young Web entrepreneurs such as Jerry Yang and Jeff Bezos fascinate him." ...Weisberg, an Obama booster, now disingenuously mocks McCain as "flummoxed by that newfangled doodad, the personal computer."

Heh heh.

24 posted on 09/17/2008 7:34:52 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("Spare me all the phony talk about change." Senator Barack Obama)
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To: Mancolicani

Team obama is like the football team that goes undefeated in the preseason and then falls flat when the season starts. I can’t wait until the debates and I only wish there were more AND in the form of the town hall meeting.


25 posted on 09/17/2008 7:37:24 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (umm, - that decision, ummm, is above my paygrade)
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To: FrdmLvr

to echo your thought, didn’t that win come against the same Hillary Clinton who had the highest negatives in the known universe?


26 posted on 09/17/2008 7:38:17 AM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: Sub-Driver

C’mon folks, the fat lady hasn’t even begun warming up yet, much less started singing. McCain is up by 1 in the latest Ras poll. I’m seeing too much overconfidence here, too much looking past the election to the post-election postmortems on Obama’s campaign. Let’s save the gloating for after the election. Obama will get his act together and the MSM will pull out all the stops (you ain’t seen nothing yet). It will be a tough two months, don’t you doubt it. The more we crow now the harder it will be to recover when Obama takes a lead in the polls which he will do from time to time.


27 posted on 09/17/2008 7:40:54 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: FrdmLvr

Iraq is what drove BO’s march to the nomination over Hillary.

Now that Iraq has stabilized, the underlying rationale for BO’s campaign has evaporated. He really has nothing to say.


28 posted on 09/17/2008 7:40:54 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: igoramus08
Hillary was hamstrung as she couldnt criticize Obama too harshly and also she didnt bring out Wright early enough.

Since Hillary and Obama agreed on most of the issues, there was never any discussion of the issues. She was left to fight the battle on the experience and other personal qualifications. The media helped deflect most of these type of attacks (using the race card)until it was too late. By the time the public got to know Obama, the race was already in the bag.

If Hillary would have taken a que from her husband and ran as a centrist from the beginning, she would have won the nomination.

29 posted on 09/17/2008 7:41:06 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (Wanted: Snappy, erudite tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe the Obama campaign can make fun of McCain’s inability to raise his arms above his head or mock Sarah Palin’s children.

Oh, wait...


30 posted on 09/17/2008 7:41:10 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("And how can this be? For I am the Kwisatz Haderach! " - Barack Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver
After running a brilliant and historic primary battle to defeat Hillary Clinton, the Obama campaign is now in disarray.

About the only thing brilliant about it was to go all out in the caucus states while Hillary was working on a speech for her 1/20/2009 inauguration. By the time Hillary realized that there was a real fight, most of the remaining states had proportional delegate distribution so it was nearly impossible to catch up.

31 posted on 09/17/2008 7:42:32 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: TexasNative2000

don’t worry. he will cheat if all else fails. i fully expect major hijinks at election time with the usual voter intimidation protests if they get caught.


32 posted on 09/17/2008 7:43:07 AM PDT by applpie
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To: Sub-Driver

Don’t get cocky. It isn’t over until the electoral votes are certified in December!!!

We should be satisfied with nothing short of a blowout. Anything less puts it far too much risk at being stolen.


33 posted on 09/17/2008 7:43:50 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Sub-Driver

Even with the help, the pure propaganda, from the entire lamestream media Obama can’t pull it off.

He is all words, written by someone else, and is incapable of acting on his own. A total empty suit who has done nothing but plagiarize the work of others as his own. Remember, he sponsored 500+ bills! LOL! (”pssst, put my name on that one, too, so when I run for President I can take credit!”)


34 posted on 09/17/2008 7:45:33 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Sub-Driver

Now for an advance photo of Snobami in January 2009:


35 posted on 09/17/2008 7:46:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s an excellent point that Jonah makes... this is the first time Obama has ever run into any real Republican opposition in one of his races.


36 posted on 09/17/2008 7:48:17 AM PDT by DesScorp
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Ok, I admit it, I'm a little mixed up on this.

I thought BO ran against Ryan, who was 'taken out' when his divorce proceeding information was forced into public through judges' orders. Ryan had a tv star wife and news of domestic violence came to light.

37 posted on 09/17/2008 7:48:50 AM PDT by rvoitier ("I'll see you at the debate, bitches!" ~~ Paris Hilton, '08 Campaign)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama, they may be realizing, doesn't know how to close the deal.

He couldn't close the deal on Hillary! He ran out the clock on her (barely). But that is not the same thing. Even up to the convention there ware murmurs about "cankles" coming back from the dead. If you can't convince your own party, how can you convince the country?

38 posted on 09/17/2008 7:49:03 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: peggybac

Is this KC suburb in Kansas or MO?

Because if its Kansas, its a safe GOP state, why would a Pubbie need to get out yard signs?


39 posted on 09/17/2008 7:49:38 AM PDT by Wilder Effect
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To: rvoitier

Ryan dropped out before the General because old sealed Divorce records with his actress ex wife , Jeri, were leaked to ABC news.

She accused him of wanted to be a Swinger, so Jack dropped out and then Keyes came along.


40 posted on 09/17/2008 7:51:42 AM PDT by Wilder Effect
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To: Sub-Driver

Hussein won the nomination because the media gave him a free pass during the primary. Without media support, he’d still be just the junior Senator from Illinois and Hillary would be the nominee.


41 posted on 09/17/2008 7:51:42 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

One of those sides needs to say ‘present’ for the 150 times he voted that way in the Illinois senate.


42 posted on 09/17/2008 7:51:51 AM PDT by listenhillary (Palin accomplished more in the PTA than Obama did as a community organizer)
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To: Sub-Driver

How does it serve Obob to run against a president who is already leaving office?

Bush’s coattails are so short they couldn’t be reached with a ladder.

This whole mess has devolved into a contest between MFMs; most favored minorities.

McCain and Biden could be playing pocket pool and nobody would notice.


43 posted on 09/17/2008 7:53:06 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

One of those sides needs to say ‘present’ for the 150 times he voted that way in the Illinois senate.


44 posted on 09/17/2008 7:53:17 AM PDT by listenhillary (Palin accomplished more in the PTA than Obama did as a community organizer)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Jacob Weisberg or Weinstein or whatever his name is a world-class opportunist shmuck. Probably a trial lawyer also.


45 posted on 09/17/2008 7:56:21 AM PDT by patrick10801
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To: devere

We shouldn’t take anything for granted thinking Obama is down for the count.

Obama and Axelrod will play dirty, cheat and take this election by force Chicago style.
Election fraud will be Standard Operating Procedure...just watch it! Vote early and often...and don’t forget the dead vote.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2075850/posts


46 posted on 09/17/2008 8:01:19 AM PDT by Milligan
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To: sam_paine
Is this really true? Is that even possible in America?

My grand daughter has never fired a gun either. She doesn't like loud noises plus she's only 9 years old.

47 posted on 09/17/2008 8:06:35 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Palin/McCain '08.)
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To: sam_paine
Is this really true? Is that even possible in America?

My grand daughter has never fired a gun either. She doesn't like loud noises plus she's only 9 years old.

48 posted on 09/17/2008 8:06:46 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Palin/McCain '08.)
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To: roaddog727
Except that we are now beyond that. Millions of people are planning on voting for Obama REGARDLESS of his questioned place of birth, personal history, background, friends, ex-friends, lack of "executive experience" (because a lot of people just don't get it and/or don't care), gaffes, use of teleprompters, poorly hidden sarcasm, lack of knowledge of U.S. history - it just goes on and on. They have hitched their proverbial wagons to the Obama-train NO MATTER WHAT happens. And the Republicans are the bad guys?

We are in a race beyond any other that I have ever experienced in my lifetime. I hope we win. I really hope we clean Obama's clock. I hope nothing bad happens between now and election day to prevent Senator McCain from taking the White House. It's very disheartening when all you hear is the MSM selling Obama, their guy, to everyone within earshot, and they are so BIASED it's beyond belief.

49 posted on 09/17/2008 8:08:22 AM PDT by Max7
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To: peggybac

Are they teachers? In my neighborhood, the only people I see with Obama signs are teachers.


50 posted on 09/17/2008 8:08:24 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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