Skip to comments.McCain plans fiercer strategy against Obama
Posted on 10/03/2008 7:50:09 PM PDT by Chet 99
McCain plans fiercer strategy against Obama
Article Launched: 10/03/2008 07:11:11 PM PDT
WASHINGTON Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama's character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat's judgment, honesty and personal associations, several top Republicans said.
With just a month to go until Election Day, McCain's team has decided that its emphasis on the senator's biography as a war hero, experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick is insufficient to close a growing gap with Obama. The Republican's campaign also is eager to move the conversation away from the economy, an issue that strongly favors Obama and has helped him to a lead in many recent polls.
"We're going to get a little tougher," a senior Republican operative said, indicating that a fresh batch of TV ads are coming. "We've got to question this guy's associations. Very soon. There's no question that we have to change the subject here," said the operative, who was not authorized to discuss strategy and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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I’ll believe it, when I see it.
Here’s to hoping.
Well it’s about time. 30 days to go, tear him down and take no prisoners.
McCain is a socialist at this point in time, plus he allowed himself to be played by Nancy Pelosi, of all people. The man has lost his fastball, that is if he ever had one.
bingo! he needs to do something. quick!
Hopefully, this was the plan all along - let O think he’s pulling ahead, then UNLEASH THE FURY!
-bring back Jeremiah Wright
-bring back Ayers
-Link Obama to Fannie
What’s he gonna use? Spitballs?
He didn’t get played, he agreed with this bill. Period.
Yea, right, and hell will freeze over on Sunday.
It’s about time!
Whatever......The guy running his campaign has some issues. It is about time that we start standing up for ourselves as Conservatives and Republicans, because for the last week, I have felt like John has been campaigning for the other side.
The trouble with waiting to attack until you are behind is the media will frame it as “desperation.”
McCain should be using Giuliani more - Rudy can attack with the best of them. McCain just doesn’t have his heart in it.
Why do they talk about their strategy? WTF come on...
I would say 30 days is about right. I was expecting it to stay right around tied with McCain up a point, then McCain’s team launches a massive last 2 week offensive on Rev Wright/Ayers/Rezko/Socialism etc etc to get the “last impression”.
That of course was before the financial debacle happened. Assuming that will be the “ October surprise” and nothing else happens, ramping up 2 weeks earlier might help.
The problem? I think that needed to be the last impression, to create doubt.
Now it might be a case of allowing Obama too much time to recover that last few days. But it is dicey to game it too closely.
They have to just launch it now and hope for the best.
We knew this guy was bad news.
I dunno... do people have to be reminded again and again that he is a war hero? It didn't work for Bush Sr. and Dole, both of whom are also war hero. Besides, McCain seems uncomfortable to keep talking about it. The Dims will try to steer discussion to the economy. Rather than run from it, they have to embrace it and inflict a serious damage such as telling the public the real reason of this crisis: trying to combine socialism with capitalism.
>> experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick
Uh, yeah. Sure. As evidenced by McCain’s performance of late in the bailout debacle.
I am hoping he goes into attack mode so I can enjoy politics again. I have seen every movie on TCM already and I need something new. ;o)
Sure he does. He just saves his ire and cunning for the base.
He's not one of us. Has contempt for us.
Idiots are about a month late. One of Sarah Palin's trump cards is character. As for Obama, he is a sewer rat who doesn't have any. That's why he hides from the public every way he can, and the contrast is why the 'rats react toward Palin like a bunch of vampires reacting to sunrise.
The problem is, their stupid hands off approach has allowed Obama to define himself when they needed to do it for him.
Oh well, it's just the future of the Republic. Nothing for McCain to get upset about.
Same here. Can we call Lee Atwater from the dead to help with this?
i think we did this a couple months ago!
Me too. But I also have to remember that what I see and read is through the MSM filter. Things are not good, but probably better than I think.
Not the comfy chair!!!!
It is going to be a lot tougher from what I am hearing. Gloves are coming off. McCain/GOP sitting on plenty of money that is going to go after the slime Obama.
But why would a Republican “operative” tell some guy at “mercury news”? And why wouldn’t exposing Obama’s personal integrity and associations have been an option from the very beginning?
That is even worse, and I knew that, but the perception now is that Pelosi got the best of him, which she did. It's not the best for Americans, but in politics, millionaire Pelosi, who cares about nothing other than her own power, just won on a Royal Flush. I find it hard to believe that we are the few who see it this way.
150 proof denaturated alcohol in the Molotov cocktails!
McCain campaign MUST let people know who is responsible for the financial meltdown....blaming this administration without countering this hard is nuts, stupid...
I don’t give a tinkers damn if you like my opinion or not pal. Last time I looked it was still a free country. I don’t like the guy. I am forced to vote for the idiot to keep Obama out of the White House, but there is nothing that says I have to like the idiot or his politics. So stick it.
In the debates, look straight at the camera, dumbie!
“”We’re going to get a little tougher,” a senior Republican operative said,”
They better get a LOT tougher because the left has got the media to do it for free.
Inside Edition (CBS) just did a solid 10 minutes on Cindy McCain and her addiction problem. We knew this would surface, except they did a more thorough job than any of us did in the primary. They even covered McCains coverup etc.
Maybe this will bring out some passion in him.
About time. Who is running McCain’s campaign, a bunch of British fops?
I could do a better job in my sleep.
About f-ing time!
With just a month to go until Election Day, McCain’s team has decided that its emphasis on the senator’s biography as a war hero, experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick is insufficient to close a growing gap with Obama. The Republican’s campaign also is eager to move the conversation away from the economy, an issue that strongly favors Obama and has helped him to a lead in many recent polls.
Oh..so..more of the same?
I agree, 30 days is enough time to create a narrative and he has the money to do it, I think people should keep in mind the money is still in Obamao’s Corner, as well as all of the free media coverage he could want.
McCain also had the Economy turn to doggy poo at the worst time, he should put Obama’s hand on everyone’s wallet and in everyone’s sportsmen’s gun cabinet.
It doesn’t matter what the media does. Obama made the mistake of taping himself reading his own book. Just run the interview of Obama saying he went to church twice a month, then saying he didn’t ever hear anything bad coming out of Wright’s mouth. Then run Obama himself saying he joined the church because of sermons like the one entitled “the world in need because of white man’s greed,” or words to that effect. Finish the spot with Wright shouting “God D America.” Run it over and over in Ohio, Pennsylvania and yes, Michigan, and McCain wins handily.
yep, let’s hope so. The polls are discouraging.
Some electoral vote map sites show Obama with 264 solid electoral votes, of the 270 needed for election. Obama is ahead in battlegrounds such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. It’s hard to see McCain win this election if he doesn’t get some of this group of the big battlegrounds.
Or put another way, if Obama has 264 electoral votes in his back pocket now, McCain would have to capture every single remaining battleground state. And that’s a tall order.
Blaming the dems about this does seem good to me, however, most average people blame both dems and republicans hence the single digit approval ratings...they will just see it as finger pointing politicians. WE see it one way, regular folks who don’t really follow politics see it another, so the ads would look like the blame game. The RNC has an ad that looks good pertaining to this issue, lets see how that does.