Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Brilliant Trap Makes Dems the Male Chauvinists

In attacking Gov. Palin, the Obama campaign and its surrogates are running a reprise of their dismissive efforts against Hillary. The best part is that they've taken the bait the McCain campaign set out there for them:

SHE'S just a beauty queen.

She's another Dan Quayle.

And ironically, the biggest criticism of Sarah Palin, John McCain's veep choice, is she has no experience. Funny, coming from the Barack Obama camp.

Following McCain's announcement of Palin - the first female to be put on a GOP ticket for the White House, and only the second in US history - the Obama campaign skipped the niceties and blasted her as the "former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience.

She's also a governor of Alaska (my home state), the first woman in that office and the youngest elected in state history. She has an 80-plus percent approval rating. She has turned the state upside down with her reformist zeal and has made enemies of the Republican establishment.

And she can talk energy policy, one of the biggest issues facing this country.

Is she a gamble? Definitely. But so is Barack Obama, who has himself dismissed experience as a prerequisite for leadership, despite his spot atop the Democratic ticket.

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One Obama supporter and political operative blogged, "In picking an unknown, untested half-a-term governor from Alaska . . . John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen."

Do we really have to do this again?

No sooner was Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race, and a new woman is in the cross hairs.


On CNN, during a discussion about whether it was appropriate for Palin to accept this job when she has a baby, Dana Bash pointed out it's unlikely anyone would ask this of a male candidate.

I can't help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts.

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The other potential trap is luring the Obama campaign onto the "experience" field. The early conventional wisdom says McCain's pick was boneheaded because it takes the experience issue off the table. But it seems that it has done the opposite: The importance of experience is the topic of the day.

The more Democrats complain about this, the more Republicans can turn it on them and say, "If you are so concerned about the amount of experience of the vice president, what about the top of your ticket?"


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My Comments:
I'm no McCain fan, but when it comes to campaign strategery, his team has been almost flawless for the last couple of months.

Which leads me to say in regard to the Palin pick: "McCain, you magnificent bastard!"

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4 Comments:

At 8/30/2008 10:58 AM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I have been really surprised by the campaign McCain has run so far. I thought for sure we would get Bob Dole or Bush 41 reelection type of campaign.

But he has the Obama campaign responding to ads showing he is the one in control.

 
At 8/30/2008 1:46 PM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

I have been stunned by how good the McCain campaign has been for the past month. The rapier quick internet ads, the saddleback triumph, the effective outreach to disaffected Clinton backers typified by the Debbie the Democrat ad, and now the Palin pick. I can't remember a Presidential campaign as skillfully run as this one has been in the past 30 days.

 
At 8/30/2008 5:53 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

Jeff,

Right on the button. I too expected a Bob Dole/Bush 41 campaign.

Vote McCain, not Hussein!

 
At 8/31/2008 6:11 PM, Blogger Fr. Dwight Longenecker said...

The brilliance of this campaign continues. Today McCain appears on the Gulf Coast with his wife, Gov. Palin and his team in front of a building that says, "Mississippi Emergency Management" The whole thing was a brilliantly executed PR job to show McCain already appearing presidential and taking the reins of the job while Obama is shown to be a ludicrously, outrageous showman with his Messianic sized crowd of 80,000, his classical stage set and egotistical acceptance speech.

In the face of this we have two tough, down to earth leaders--McCain and Palin--at the coal face, ready to deal with the hurricane that will hit plenty of ordinary Americans.

 

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