On Second Thought
Coming out of the RNC convention last week, I was under the impression that Barack Obama would avoid directly attacking newly-minted vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, instead continuing to focus his attention on John McCain. Well, that strategy seems to have been revised in the past few days. Obama is now going directly after Palin on a variety of questions pertaining to her record in Alaska.
My sense is this sudden change in approach is being driven by tightening poll numbers, and a growing frustration within the Obama campaign that Palin continues to use talking points in her stump speech, which it believes have already been discredited by multiple media outlets. The Obama campaign is wagering that having its presidential nominee hammer away at Palin is its best opportunity for keeping intensive media scrutiny focused on her record.
The danger here is that in having Obama himself voice the criticism (rather than Joe Biden or other Democratic surrogates), the resultant rhetorical back-and-forth between Obama and Palin suggests an implicit equivalency between these two relative newcomers to the national political scene (certainly in comparison to old warhorses like Biden and McCain). I would think that this is something Obama wants to avoid, especially since he is at the top of his ticket, but Palin is not.


Posted On: 09-09-2008 20:35:01 by FormerBidensupporter
Palin's nomination may be more significant in this year's election than usual particularly since it helped unite the GOP. Having the GOP nominee make the last pick after the Dems had met also helped create a bounce that could not be matched by a blockbuster Democratic announcement. This is what happened to Obama after the Democratic convention. Why not turn the tables one more time and have Joe Biden nobly stand aside in favor of Senator Clinton? This would do what the Democrats need.... unite the party and bring in a large number of Democrats and independents who supported Hillary and would generate a buzz that would counter the brouhaha over Palin. So far, this election has seen the Democrats winning the battle of ideas but getting hammered on issues of identity and emotion. In 1956 another Illinois senator running as Democratic nominee for president was eagerly greeted by a supporter who said, " Senator Stevenson, you have the vote of every thinking American !" to which Stevenson replied, " But I need a majority.." Obama missed his chance to play the game changer card at the convention by nominating Joe Biden instead of Hillary Clinton.

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