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August 29, 2008

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But then again if the finalists are either Pawlenty (he would not get any attention anyway) and if it is Romney, well, he probably prefers for everyone to ignore it ...

It's smart if it's Leiberman-- that would be a kind of exciting "game changer" that would spark a media feeding frenzy.

Otherwise?
Someone's clock is getting cleaned.

I think McCain's decision to announce the VP pick tomorrow may be too clever by half.

So what else is new? For "announce the VP pick" you can pretty much substitute just about ever policy pronouncement/idea float/jab at Obama that the McCain campaign has tried so far. The Obama campaign (the best, IMHO, that I have seen in decades) have wrong-footed the Republicans at virtually every turn. For a Party that was supposed to have the nuts-and-bolts of national campaigning down pat, the GOP in 2008 seems greatly outclassed. Let's hope they keep up the [poor] work!

This (the timing of McCain's VP announcement) matters to our breathless news media, but otherwise, does it really matter? What mattered more in 2000, when Bush announced his VP, or who he picked? Does anyone even remember when Bush or Gore announced their VPs?

I think this is one of those small things which Obama implicitly criticized when he said: "You make a big election about small things."

We need to collectively grow up and stop treating this election like some sort of junior high school popularity contest.


I'm high as a kite on the speech. The whole convention was good: the Clintons certainly kept their promise to unequivocably support Obama. But this last night, Obama's acceptance speech, reminded me of why I supported him in the first place: the hope of a truly transformative candidacy.

Fineman's saying the GOP will "go small" in response to this. To which I say Har Dee Har Har: "going small" is one of the (many) rhetorical knives Obama stuck 'em with. (And the possibility that the GOP Convention might be postponed on account of hurricanes is just too delicious for words.)

It's smart if it's Leiberman-- that would be a kind of exciting "game changer" that would spark a media feeding frenzy.

Oh please be Leiberman! Sure it'll get some media attention, it will also get him few votes in the center and tear his party apart. Game over.

It'll be Romney I think though.

McCain's in huge trouble. He has gotten his strategy fundamentally wrong, if there ever was a strategy. He went with the second string Rove crowd, who play a mean 24-hour tactical game, but it's all sniping and nipping and jabbing without building to anything long term. See how happy the were about the celebrity thing? Well it's just a flimsy attack, knocked aside tonight easily as it would have been sooner or later. And now they're left with the realisation that they wasted a whole month with dumb Britney Spears jokes, and have given the American people no reason to vote for John McCain other than some foreigners put electrodes on his scrotum forty years ago. If electrodes on the scrotum was all it took to get elected, the British Tory party would never have lost in the 90s (but I digress...)

Seriously though. Mike Murphy, who comments these days on NBC when the ever more-pointless human being Keith Olberman
gives him a chance, is the guy who should have been running McCain's campaign - the campaign of 2000. But McCain has no one to blame but yourself, you can bring a horse to water, but you can't make him be a douche, he has to choose to be a douche himself.

Final point: you know McCain is hosed when BILL KRISTOL lauds the Obama speech on Fox. Wow.

Why not Lindsey Graham? Is there a reason nobody has even talked about McCain's second-favorite sidekick?

--TP

Most obvious reason: Graham might be a closeted gay. (Seriously.)

Publius, I agree with LeftTurn that you are reading too much into this.

1. A week from now how will care about when McCain announced his VP? A year from now, who will even remember?

2. What other choice did he have? It's now Thursday and the RNC starts on Monday. Announce over Labor Day weekend?


Final point: you know McCain is hosed when BILL KRISTOL lauds the Obama speech on Fox. Wow.

Obama showed real steel tonight. He went right at McCain, not in a nasty way, but in a very confidently determined way.

The national power authoritarians in the GOP (e.g., Bill Kristol, Pat Buchanan) respond to displays of stern and confident authority with reactions which are downright Pavlovian. They can't help themselves - when the alpha dog barks, they line up to salute.

By tomorrow they will have recovered from the spell of their embarassing little Fuehrerprinzip reactions which were on display tonight. They will remember that they hate Democrats and will find something in the speech to use to attack Obama, but their immediate and largely subconcious reactions in the wake of Obama's speech tonight were very telling.

It's smart if it's Leiberman-- that would be a kind of exciting "game changer" that would spark a media feeding frenzy.

Oh please be Leiberman!

Leiberman, whomever he is, would be quite a surprise, being a complete unknown.

More likely you guys are talking about Joe Lieberman.

"and have given the American people no reason to vote for John McCain other than some foreigners put electrodes on his scrotum forty years ago."

For the record, I'm not aware that anyone has ever claimed any such thing ever took place. McCain got his broken shoulder/arms roughly handled, and was beaten. He was also poorly fed, and generally treated badly at times. Where you're getting electrodes from, I have no idea.

I think you're right about the VP announcement impact. It's clearly a strategic move to blunt the high from Obama's speech, and get the cycle moving in Repubican's direction, so McCain can own the news cycle from now until the convention

But it's so very transparent, I don't think the media will play along. They know if they don't give the same level of coverage to McCain's VP, they will be accused of not playing fair, but on the other hand they can argue that they knew McCain was trying to manipulate them and they refuse to be manipulated.

Also, McCain's "Well done" commercial works the same way. On the one hand, it seemed very classy, but on the other, he runs it on the one night that Obama has the world's attention. It's the candidates best chance to get the best attacks/differentiators in, and it's like McCain is setting up to say, "Hey, I was all nice to him you know, and he just CAME AT ME! Shows you what kind of a campaigner he REALLY IS" -- it's a lame attempt to diminish any attacks Obama might make before he makes them.

And I think people will see through it.

ThatLeftTurnInABQ said:

"The national power authoritarians in the GOP (e.g., Bill Kristol, Pat Buchanan) respond to displays of stern and confident authority with reactions which are downright Pavlovian. They can't help themselves - when the alpha dog barks, they line up to salute."

Oh.My.God. Brilliant Analysis!

Intrade's suddenly going nuts about McCain's VP pick. Lots of confusion. There's a rumor on fivethirtyeight.com that he's actually going to pick Sarah Palin--about the only way McCain could make a big media splash at this point. It would be interesting to see what happens.

When I saw something about choosing Palin, I assumed they were talking about Michael and wondered how he could be eligible...

Good god, wikipedia has this

On Friday, August 29, Fox & Friends reported that Palin's family departed hastily from Anchorage, Alaska aboard a Gulfstream jet that landed near Dayton, Ohio, site of McCain's planned vice presidential announcement. They cited the website Change&Experience.com, which also had correctly leaked travel details for Sen. Joseph Biden to Springfield, Illinois for Barack Obama's announcement. [62]. The report cited two men, a woman and two teenage boys,were seen departing the plane, in "the most secretive flight we have ever had", at this particular airport.

Here's the blog cited in wikipedia

Yeah, he's really committed to this strategy of peeling off Hilary voters. I guess since the Democratic convention gave him no joy, he's dug up whatever credible woman he could find who's committed to the pro-life platform.

Palin would really excite the press. they'd get to spend a whole week answering the question "Who?". and she'd take a lot of the old-fartyness off of the McCain campaign.

Isn't Palin involved in some sort of scandal in Alaska (along with every other GOPer that holds elective office there)?

And is it really a good idea to pick someone that's going to cause everyone outside Alaska (and likely many people in Alaska) go "Wha?"

Isn't Palin involved in some sort of scandal in Alaska (along with every other GOPer that holds elective office there)?

yup

Heh.

I can't wait for his announcement. "Governor Palin is not only a woman, she is a female. For two years she has combined the demands of womanhood with the requisites of not being a man. If you liked Hilary Clinton, I'm desperately hoping you'll be entranced by this condescending farce of identity-based manipulation. And lastly, I believe this choice confirms the intensity of my religious belief, because it sure is hail Mary. And now I'll hand it over to the women, Governor Woman: the floor is yours!"

Also, doesn't the choice of Palin poop all over McCain's "Obama's not ready to be Preznit" meme? What if McCain kicks the bucket one night?

Palin is the mother of a five-month old with Down Syndrome. that doesn't really fit the profile of someone who would be up for months of campaigning.

Nevertheless, it looks like she's the one.

Palin is the mother of a five-month old with Down Syndrome. that doesn't really fit the profile of someone who would be up for months of campaigning.

I'm a little uncomfortable with that line of attack. Smacks of "she's a mother, shouldn't she be home with the kids?"

In this sense, announcing tomorrow will prevent McCain from getting maximum coverage of his VP selection.

Well, we all have to be wrong sometimes.

I see that Obama's speech has been getting the majority of the news coverage this weekend. Good thought, Kreskin.

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