DanielNegreanu, on Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 2:41 PM, said:
The Obama campaign is continuously trying to link the McCain camp to Bush and the last 8 years and is a central focus of their message. With Obama ahead in the polls it's unlikely that they will change that central message. The McCain camp has been changing their message in an attempt to distance themselves from the Bush years by changing their party line to "Change is Coming" while at the same time calling themselves the Maverick ticket that will get things done in Washington.1. Do you feel that could alienate Bush supporters?2. Do you think the Obama camps efforts to pin McCain to Bush has been effective in the eyes of the voters?3. If you were in the Obama camp, would your political strategy be similar in trying to make McCain and Bush seem linked at the hip?4. If you were working in the McCain camp, how would you try and deflect those claims while at the same time being respectful to those voters who approve of the current administration.My answers:1. I think the McCain camp is doing a good job of avoiding direct attacks on Bush and instead focusing their energy on changing congress. I don't think McCain has done much at all to alienate the Bush base. 2. I do think it is working. Especially to those voters that don't pay close attention, and realize that, no, Mcain and Bush are very different on a lot of issues, I think many are being convinced that Bush is McCain and McCain is Bush.3. Absolutely, and I think you'd be lying if you said you wouldn't take that approach, it's really a no-brainer especially with the country's economic woes as well as the extremely low approval rating of the current president. I think anytime a party president has a low approval rating this is a must-do tactic. In fact, I would try to do more of it.4. This is where I think Palin did a solid job. Whenever Biden brought up the last eight years she essentially mocked him effectively by saying, "Come on Joe, there you go again bringing up the past. John McCain and I are Mavericks and are looking to the future where we are going to shake up Washington and get things done. McCain has a long history of making things happen and that's what we are going to do." I thought that line of counter attack was brilliant. It's an obvious tactic being used by Obama/Biden to try and link Bush to McCain, and I think it's a smart move to make it obvious to voters that they are just putting a political spin on a situation that isn't entirely accurate. In fact, I'm already pretty sick of the line, "We can't have four more years of the same eight years we just had." I would sharpen that message and get way more specific. It's a weak line when overused and the Obama camp does have a lot of artillery they could use to glue the two together that's more powerful and effective. The war and the economy being the two key issues. I do enjoy politics. I am very clear on the fact that I am Obama supporter, but I can definitely appreciate good politics and find it entertaining. It's a game, and I like games. At this point I feel like it's getting into the third period and Obama is up two goals. If I were in the McCain camp I'd try to get even more aggressive. I'd also, seriously, change the subject. Attacking Obama HAS worked. Rev Wright- big issue. Tony Rezko, bring it up again. It would be totally transparent to do that, but I think McCain needs a game changer because the Obama camp is happy to play a careful game at this point and protect the lead.
I like most of this. I appreciate the effort that you have put out recently, more thought out posts, less rhetoric. Really well done. We can go at it again Wednesday after the debate, but until then, really, I see a difference in your approach. I will adjust mine accordingly. I ain't changing my sig, though. I like it.
So much for a comeback.