Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

McCain plans fiercer strategy against Obama
Mercury News ^

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.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008; mccain; obama; palin
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-159 next last

1 posted on 10/03/2008 7:50:10 PM PDT by Chet 99
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

I’ll believe it, when I see it.

Here’s to hoping.


2 posted on 10/03/2008 7:50:46 PM PDT by snarkytart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Well it’s about time. 30 days to go, tear him down and take no prisoners.


3 posted on 10/03/2008 7:51:20 PM PDT by iceshaving
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart

Ditto.


4 posted on 10/03/2008 7:51:37 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
Meh. A fierce strategy would have meant standing with the House GOP against this pile of dung, Sen. McCain.

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.

5 posted on 10/03/2008 7:52:17 PM PDT by Carling (I'm a Typical White Person)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
Unleash the dogs, before they die from starvation!
6 posted on 10/03/2008 7:52:23 PM PDT by CE2949BB (McCain/Palin 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ladyvet

bingo! he needs to do something. quick!


7 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:10 PM PDT by bluedad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

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


8 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:12 PM PDT by RockinRight (Obama who?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

What’s he gonna use? Spitballs?


9 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:16 PM PDT by stboz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
I'll donate to the McCain/Palin campaign if this happens.
10 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:35 PM PDT by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Carling

He didn’t get played, he agreed with this bill. Period.


11 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:48 PM PDT by snarkytart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: stboz

Very good!


12 posted on 10/03/2008 7:53:49 PM PDT by gotribe (The right pick!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Yea, right, and hell will freeze over on Sunday.


13 posted on 10/03/2008 7:54:07 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Is McCain EVER going to go on the attack? Nope. That will never happen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

It’s about time!


14 posted on 10/03/2008 7:54:28 PM PDT by Jen (McCain-Palin ~ Maverick-Barracuda ~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Yes.... :)


15 posted on 10/03/2008 7:54:50 PM PDT by jveritas (McCain should use the nuclear option against Obama: Jeremiah Wright)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

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.


16 posted on 10/03/2008 7:54:53 PM PDT by claymax (Vote for a HERO...........not for the ZERO!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart

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.


17 posted on 10/03/2008 7:55:19 PM PDT by Chet 99
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Why do they talk about their strategy? WTF come on...


18 posted on 10/03/2008 7:55:20 PM PDT by bahblahbah (http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.


19 posted on 10/03/2008 7:56:09 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
No more cotton candy. Time to break out the pillows...

McLame...

We knew this guy was bad news.

20 posted on 10/03/2008 7:56:36 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
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

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.

21 posted on 10/03/2008 7:56:47 PM PDT by paudio (Bipartisanship is good as a tool, but not as a goal like McCain seems to believe.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

>> experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick

Uh, yeah. Sure. As evidenced by McCain’s performance of late in the bailout debacle.


22 posted on 10/03/2008 7:56:47 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (I've left Cynical City... bound for Jaded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart
Agreed! I have been so bummed out lately at how soft McCain has been I have tuned out. I fell asleep last night because I didn't have the stomach to watch the debates and now I am regretting it. Tonight instead of Fox News I watched Payton Place on TCM. I checked out of politics thinking I would vote for McCain but check out besides that and resign myself to an Obama presidency.

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)

23 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:03 PM PDT by MissyMa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
McCain just doesn’t have his heart in it.

Sure he does. He just saves his ire and cunning for the base.

He's not one of us. Has contempt for us.

24 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:18 PM PDT by riri
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
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.

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.

25 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (Nature, red in tooth and claw...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: svcw

Same here. Can we call Lee Atwater from the dead to help with this?


26 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:37 PM PDT by bubbrubb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

i think we did this a couple months ago!

/s


27 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:46 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: claymax
I have felt like John has been campaigning for the other side.

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.

28 posted on 10/03/2008 7:57:47 PM PDT by mlocher (Follow the Money)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Not the comfy chair!!!!


29 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:26 PM PDT by AndrewB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Live ammo!


30 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99
Can you believe they waited this long!? These so called political consultants must be completely out of touch with the reality on the ground. These guys probably think the MSM is unbiased and will give McCain objective coverage.
31 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:31 PM PDT by reprobate (Carter's Dirty tricks)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart

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.


32 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:36 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart

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?


33 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:45 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RetiredArmy
Is this another McCain bashing thread? I thought my browser got hijacked and took me to the DU.

Not all of us share your anti-McCain views. But if you all like the alternative, if you want REAL socialism, or should I say communism, your non-support of McCain will lead to an Obama WH. THAT should be where the REAL concern should lie. Compalin about McCain, but the alternative is way worse.
34 posted on 10/03/2008 7:58:59 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Hardball!


35 posted on 10/03/2008 7:59:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

Hellhounds!


36 posted on 10/03/2008 7:59:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PhiKapMom
Two debates left. McCain must push all Obie's buttons and get him to lose it. It is doable but I'm not sure McCain has it in him.
37 posted on 10/03/2008 8:00:04 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher; Obama is America's George Galloway.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: snarkytart
He didn't get played, he agreed with this bill. Period.

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.

38 posted on 10/03/2008 8:00:23 PM PDT by Carling (I'm a Typical White Person)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

150 proof denaturated alcohol in the Molotov cocktails!


39 posted on 10/03/2008 8:00:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

McCain campaign MUST let people know who is responsible for the financial meltdown....blaming this administration without countering this hard is nuts, stupid...


40 posted on 10/03/2008 8:00:43 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LegalEagle61

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.


41 posted on 10/03/2008 8:01:24 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Is McCain EVER going to go on the attack? Nope. That will never happen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

In the debates, look straight at the camera, dumbie!


42 posted on 10/03/2008 8:01:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

“”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 ‘McCain’s coverup’ etc.

Maybe this will bring out some passion in him.


43 posted on 10/03/2008 8:01:36 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

About time. Who is running McCain’s campaign, a bunch of British fops?

I could do a better job in my sleep.


44 posted on 10/03/2008 8:01:36 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

About f-ing time!


45 posted on 10/03/2008 8:01:45 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

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?


46 posted on 10/03/2008 8:02:23 PM PDT by CommieCutter (Suck it up! Must stop Obama Bin Biden!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Crimson Elephant

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.


47 posted on 10/03/2008 8:02:31 PM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Chet 99

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.


48 posted on 10/03/2008 8:02:49 PM PDT by nailspitter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: bluedad

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.


49 posted on 10/03/2008 8:02:55 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: shield

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.


50 posted on 10/03/2008 8:03:14 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-159 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson