Press to McCain: It’s War Mother Father

Joe Klein comes out guns blazing as well as he should. Time to take these amateur punks down a few pegs. For all this jibber jabber about how Mccain puts the country first and is not some elitist like Obama, why is McCain such a petulant hissy-fight throwing egomaniac.

Key quotation:

The second thing is more insidious: Steve Schmidt has decided, for tactical reasons, to slime the press. He wants the public to believe that there is an unfair–sexist (you gotta love it)–personal assault going on against Palin and her family. This is a smokescreen, intended to divert attention from the very real and responsible vetting that is taking place in the media–about the substance of Palin’s record as mayor and governor. Sure, there are a few outliers–and the tabloid press–who have fixed on baby stories. That was inevitable….the flip side of the personal stories that the McCain team thought would work to their advantage–Palin’s moose-hunting and wolf-shooting, and her admirable decision to have a Down Syndrome baby. And yes, when we all fix on the same story, whether it’s a hurricane or a little-known politician, a zoo ensues. But the media coverage of the Palin story has been well within the bounds of responsibility. Schmidt is trying to make it seem otherwise, a desperate tactic.

Good luck Camp McCain. Got nobody to blame but yo’self for this one.

The more the election is off Obama, the more it is the asylum on wheels that is the current Republican party (and the Straight Talk Express in particular) the better for Obama. They know this right? They can’t be that dumb can they? Then why the hell do this? What in God’s name are they thinking?

McCain was always faced with a difficult task of a de-energized base while needing moderates to win. The more he tried outreach to one, the more he hurt his chances with the other. Go moderate and the base doesn’t mobilize in sufficient numbers. Throw bloody dripping scorn and acid-laced red meat to the base (see Palin and Rudy speeches) the more the moderates/independents flock to Obama.

I guess he has given up that game of trying to win the center. This is flashbacks to Bob Dole in 96 or HW in 92 with Buchanan calling for a war. The only reason this worked in 2004 was because 9/11 was still fresh and Democrats were cowed by Bush. But Bush ran against this very model in 2000 (compassionate conservatism remember?). Every other election run along this red meat base strategy since 92–with the exception of ’04–has been a loss for the Republicans. Looks like you can chalk another up to the marketing geniuses over there.

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  1. yep. this is the key paragraph:

    “There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.”

    i hope MSM get their balls on. they got dissed real bad in this convention, not to mention community organizers around America.

    memo to McCain campaign: antagonize the MSM at your own peril.

    ~C

    P.S. in other news, G W Bush is probably sh*tt*ng in his pants right now.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/03/uselections2008.joebiden

  2. Nice catch on the Biden quotation.

    If you thought the last couple of days were crazy…you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. If this possible scandal about the firing gets some legs (as I think it has the potential to do), this is gonna get CAH-RAY-ZEE. I’m talking bat guano/DEFCON 3 Level Crazy.


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