McCain campaign plans more “aggressive” strategy in final month before pres. election

Posted by: ST on October 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm

The WaPo reports that with four weeks to go before we head to the polls, Team McCain will launch a more aggressive strategy against Barack Obama, questioning his judgement, his fitness to lead, and his radical associations (via Memeo):

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 Arizonan’s campaign is also 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 television ads is 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.

This is welcome news, obviously, but is it coming too late in the game? One of the problems with McCain and his campaign is that he allowed the media narrative on Obama (which is that Obama is supposedly this “humble” and “honest” guy who really does believe in “raising the bar” of political discussion, in part, by bringing all voices to the table) to go unchallenged for way too long. Now, any aggressive attacks on Obama and his associations with Ayers, etc, may be viewed as “mean-spirited” and “vicious” attacks against “Mr. All-American” by people who don’t know anything more about Obama that what the liberal media tells them. Especially when you consider the king of the liberal media, the NYT, has finally joined the “let’s write about Obama and Bill Ayers” bandwagon … yet they took a plastic spoon to dig when a digger derrick was what was really needed, and as a result, they treated Obama’s relationship with Ayers as though it was comparable to “two ships passing in the night.” This is absolutely outrageous, and just one more example of how so many in the mainstream media have completely whitewashed any questionable ties Obama has with controversial figures, including his mentor – Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in hopes that they’ll be able to carry him to victory next month.

This NYT report will be picked up by many other news outlets and will be treated as the be-all-end-all of the story on Obama and Ayers when, as the evil Stanley Kurtz has proved, it most certainly is not. You know there’s more than a ring of truth to what Kurtz has reported about Obama and Ayers, especially when you consider the lengths Obama’s national HQ in Chicago went to in an effort to try and silence Kurtz.

Yep, I’m happy to see Gov. Sarah Barracuda go on the attack against Obama as she did yesterday and today, questioning his judgement over comments Obama made about our troops last year, as well as pointing out that Obama and Bill Ayers are not just casual acquaintances, but yet and still I wonder if it will be effective at this point. McCain’s been so busy trying to paint himself as a “bipartisan” kind of guy that he’s ignored times when it would be perfectly acceptable to be a partisan because sometimes – heck, oftentimes – being a partisan is the right thing to do, especially when you are on the correct side of an issue.

The Tuesday night debate will be a townhall-style format, which favors McCain – but it’s a debate that tends to lend itself to being more intimate and as a result there’s less of a chance to be able to successfully go for the jugular because the average Joes sitting in the room asking the questions are naturally going be sympathetic to the candidate being attacked. So I don’t look for McCain himself to be too aggressive Tuesday. But the debate after that, which will be over domestic and economic policy, we may see the McCain we see when he’s been counted out. Maybe we’ll see that in stump speeches and interviews as well. I hope so, anyway.

In the meantime, the campaign needs to continue with the aggressive attack ads, keep Sarah Barracuda out front and center, and make sure Mc is pointed and specific in talking about Obama’s record, his associations, his role and his party’s role in the economic crisis we face today, what he’s said about our troops and the missions they are fighting, and what we could expect from an Obama as CIC. With four weeks to go, it’s a long shot but I’ve got enough fight in me left to say it ain’t over til’ it’s over, and until we know who wins on Nov. 4th, none of us – nor the McCain campaign – should give up the good fight. There’s too much at stake to throw in the towel.

It’s gonna be an uphill battle, especially with the mediots in the tank for Obama, but fight we must.

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    1. Charles says:

      Change you can trust, a slogan that could turn around McCain’s campaign?

      Change you can trust contrasts beautifully with change you can believe in.

      Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
      If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

      John McCain, polls show, is rated as highly qualified and highly trusted. This slogan, change you can trust, reinforces this message.

      It can even be added on to John McCain’s current slogan. Country first, change you can trust. Or perhaps Change you can trust that puts Country first. Or how about Change you can trust that puts America first

      It implies without directly saying it that the other side is perhaps a little less trustworthy.

      It also reinforces the message that in a time we were facing battle with Al Qaeda worldwide and two conventional wars, John McCain is a commander in chief you can trust to lead us to victory.

      There are 30 days left before Election Day. Sarah Palin’s debate performance was good, but it’s really up to John McCain to win.

      CHANGE You Can TRUST




      John, are you listening???


    2. Nina says:

      McCain and RNC have no excuses between both of them they have 200 M. They could put together a real meaningful campaign.

    3. Kathy says:

      Obama was in Asheville today – spending a lot of time in NC. Biden was supposed to be in VA, but his mother in law is dying so he canceled appearances there.

      Meanwhile Palin was in CA. Over 10,000 in the crowd there, you won’t see it on tv, though.

      This is proof the polling is bonkers. Obama thinks he can do what hasn’t been done in NC since the 70s. He’d be wrong.

      Meanwhile what is JM thinking? He’s running for the Bipartisan party, and after the bailout, he’s acting like he threw in the towel.

      Let’s make the ticket Palin/McCain.

    4. The Palin rally was in Carson, about 45 minutes from me. Unfortunately, I had other committments and couldn’t go.

      I’m glad they’re finally starting to smack Obama over his past associations — Gov. Palin’s comments were a good start. Let’s hope they open up the hose. I think it will work: the Obama campaign was already in full whine-mode over Sarah’s comments. We know they have a thin skin: the trick is to annoy them into a stupid response.

      Fingers crossed. :-ss

      BTW, I nominate ST to become the McCain campaign field general. The Obamatons will never know what hit them. b-(

    5. Joe says:

      Obama is trying to deflect the attacks by saying that McCain is trying to distract from the economy. The way to answer that is to inform the voters that this man who wants to be president also pals around with known terrorists, so, do we really want this man in charge of our economy?

      Too late? Maybe so, but I think Obama’s numbers are made of sand. They shot up only after this banking crisis broke out, and the numbers can be changed just as drastically in McCain’s favor. But, yes, it is an uphill battle. Like ST says, the MSM are in the tank for Obama in a big way (just ask the Clintons), and it’s hard to overcome that.

    6. Lorica says:

      I think Obama’s numbers are made of sand

      Amen Joe, I totally agree. We have already seen where the pollsters are overweighing the polls in an attempt to disenfranchise Republicans. I don’t believe it will work. – Lorica

    7. Kimberly says:

      GOTV. Plain and simple. The Obots are out in force registering felons, homeless people. If you take a few minutes each day and call ten undecided voters in battleground states, you WILL make a difference. Go to McCain’s web site and sign up. You can call from home … do your part in this election! I’ve been calling people and telling them about Obama and some didn’t even know about him. :o We cannot afford to have BO and a Democrat led Congress destroy the US. GOTV!!!

    8. I think Obama’s numbers are made of sand.

      I agree. The shift represents anger over the mortgage crisis and bailout, and the party with the White House takes the blame. But, now that things are settling down for a moment (and if the Camp McCain exploits this), those numbers may start sliding back our way as the public thinks about what happened. If even Saturday Night Live isn’t buying the Pelosi-Frank spin, then there’s a huge opening.


    9. Great White Rat says:

      Comment moved to new thread. –ST

    10. GWR, you and I must have been writing our comments about this article at the same time :) I’m going to move your comment to the thread I started on it just a few minutes ago.

      Update: Here’s the comment.

    11. HG says:

      McCain has three of the biggest opportunities given to him which he is simply not taking advantage of:

      1. The root causes of the wall street meltdown as detailed in the Fox Special: ” Saving Our Economy: What’s Next”

      2. The $700 billion going to foreign countries to buy oil, a huge part of which can stay here if drilling is done in Anwar, offshore and the Rockies. Imagine the jobs and wealth that can be created with this, not to mention the huge plus for national security and that 75% of the public supports drilling.

      3. Barak Obama’s class warfare rhetoric and wanting to tax business more – small and big – when it is they who create the jobs that fuels the economy.

    12. Fred says:

      Though he could have started earlier, McCain has wisely unleashed a re-energized Palin on Obama’s shady background. Yes, some swing voters may get upset by these tactics, but I’d rather someone speak the truth of Obama’s disturbing terrorist and Marxist ties than remain silent.

      On that note, there are more Black pundits and voters who are openly questioning Obama’s platform and character. The latest is Williams Owens II who wrote the excellent book, “Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts”:


      Keep fighting for the truth and our nation.

    13. Great White Rat says:

      Another case of great minds thinking alike, ST. :d