Skip to main content

My stomach has been churning since the Republican juggernaut started spinning the press into pretzels as Senator Obama managed a magnificent series of visits and meetings in the Middle East and Europe. (This was the same time four years ago when Kerry was converted from war hero to coward) Senator Obama and his campaign were forced to justify his trip and its success over and over again...and it has not stopped. How would this scenario had played out if McCain has the same level of success in a like trip? I am sure the press would not have accepted the same kind of whining from the Obama camp. They would celebrated the trip for the triumph it was.

This is the beginning of the Republican machine making their move. They want to make election about Senator Obama and his supposed shortcomings. The press will spend their time simply discussing the extent that Senator Obama matches RNC talking points. Is he: too popular, not one of us, too soft,  too young, too inexperienced, too arrogant,too effete to be our leader and protector. In short, a game plan that worked brilliantly on Kerry and allowed a light weight like Bush to slip in. After four more weeks of this, without a powerful response from the Democratic Party all the dollars in China and Saudi Arabia, will not help Senator Obama.

People are convinced by logic and motivated by emotions. These brief and rather stupid ads, such as the Britney/Paris number, are perfect for the level of political discourse in America. Race card anyone? Let's face it McCain gave Obama a drubbing not only by getting away with using two young blonds (who had nothing to do with Obama or the Presidency or anything really) in his ad to subliminally feature the racial differences and to then accuse Obama of benefiting from racism. ( How would it have played if Obama had an ad with two very hot African American girls doing anything and saying anything with old man McCain?)  This was the same successful drill used during the lowering taxes on the rich and then attacking anyone who differed with class warfare. Not convinced yet then please stick with Bob Johnson and the diarists of hubris found on Dkos.

I remain convinced that the Obama campaign is blinded by the success they have had in fund raising, the shellacking they gave the Clintons and the unbelievable success Obama had abroad. Most Americans don't pay attention to Politico, don't read the WAPO or the NY Times and really don't get fully engaged in politics but rather sense what is being said and form their opinions with the masses. (Many, of course, just vote straight party line and the goal is to get these folks to that polls.) A great number sadly are informed by late night comedians, the daily buzz and this decides elections. There are really only a small number of voters that truly influence the elections and they are not partisans on either side. They are the real targets of these ads defining Senator Obama.

What is being said on TV is not good for Senator Obama and the dollars spent by McCain are multiplied by the repetition of these moronic negative ads on the news sites. Many people don't know who Obama is and are just now forming their opinion on the quality of the man. These superficial impressions will be hard to reverse once formed. (Try getting rid of "maverick" as an adjective for McCain!)

What is being said on the networks, in the newspapers and on the radio is everything false the Republicans want to be said about Senator Obama: He is perhaps too arrogant, too presumptuous, too rich, too different, too isolated from the real America, too liked by be President.

What is Obama going to do? Is he going to pull a Kerry and just smile and assume that it will all turn out? Does he believe that a majority of good-hearted Americans will just see through all of this. That reason will win out? I hope he is more savvy then that because he will lose the election without prompt action.

I remain concerned as to where are his supporters that can punch back directly at these lies and mis-characterizations that he can't engage directly on himself?  Where are the ads that the press can talk about to counter the daily barrage of McCain misinformation? Why is he still almost not dealing with the lies being spread about the KIND OF PERSON HE IS?

A fifty state strategy is fine if he is still in the game in four weeks.

Originally posted to Cantinflas on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 02:55 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks For The "Concern", It Is Duly Noted (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Now, why not help us fund the 50 state strategy?  That's the best chance we have of winning this thing.

    "I've been an oilman all my life, but this is one crisis we can't drill our way out of" --T. Boone Pickens

    by bincbom on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 02:57:52 PM PDT

    •  How do you know what I have funded? (5+ / 0-)

      Why don't you write a real comment.

      "And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night." Matthew Arnold

      by Cantinflas on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 02:59:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Welcome to the Obama Police. (3+ / 0-)

        Any criticism is duly derided, and the poster/diarist is challenged with "How many hours are YOU spending on the phone banks?" questions.

        You are absolutely right. The tactic of smearing a black Dem candidate with sleazy blondes worked against Harold Ford, and it could work against Obama. Perception is 90% of the game, and the media shapes perception. I firmly believe that the Paris/Britney ads were aimed at two groups: the jingoistic bastards that make up the hard-right Republican base ("Lookit that n****r up against them purty blondes!") and the media. Why the media? To get every pundit on the airwaves talking about Obama in conjunction with the ad and the blondes. McCain can't win this on the issues, so he's going to mount sleazy personal attacks and innuendo. Obama can't refute them by tsk-tsking them.

        While I don't think Obama's campaign is as clueless and flailing as Kerry's, but it has to ward against complacency. These negative attacks from McCain can work.

        The History Commons needs your participation.

        by Black Max on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:20:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Obama police (4+ / 0-)

          I just dont understand it that everytime someone makes a valid point about the Obama campaign , this person has to be labeled a 'conern troll".

          Ive been on the Obama camp since day One...I remember fighting off Edwards supporters when they used to attack Obama as being to bi-partisan minded.

          People are acting as if Obama is jesus and doesnt make any mistake...He's clearly making the huge mistake of not taking McCain attack ads seriously.

          He's not even trying to define McCain and allowing them to do all the defining.

        •  FAILED!!!! (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Black Max, Cantinflas, oak510

          I've been jumping up and down screaming this same case for two days now....

          Obama is about to get derailed and is going to lose if he doesn't snap out of it and come out swinging....


          They are trying to drown him in negative press then everyone will be off mentally to the Olympics.

          MSNBC will litterally be on vacation and he will not have anyone on the teevee to balance the Republican attack machine.  Do you think he can get a positive word on CNN or Faux News for the two weeks the Olympics are on.


          John McCain said what?! Once again he has proven to be out of touch, lacks sound judgement and is unfit to be President.

          by Moxie Gurl on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:17:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  disrespectful (4+ / 0-)

      The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. - Dante

      by GinaNY on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:05:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  BOHICA ad hits the internet today (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, Cantinflas, GinaNY

    Help spread it around please.

    I think Obama should mainatain a certain amount of decorum. Fight back, yes. But in a dignified way.

    But that doesn't mean we don't hit hard.

    I know one thing: I'm not running for president so i made this up today.

    If we get enough support we'll shorten it for TV, form a PAC and buy ad time in selected markets.

    I would link you to my diary on the subject but I'm new and sort of don't know how.

    Give Em Hell!! OBAMA 08

    by mdmslle on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:02:05 PM PDT

  •  Obama's success speaks for itself. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Obama has heard every one of these attacks before and he prevailed.  I see no reason for him to change his attitude just because it's another candidate who is attacking him.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:05:03 PM PDT

  •  The high road is for the candidate who is in an (5+ / 0-)

    election with a gentleman. McCain and his posse are not gentlemen. Obama better be tougher that just pointing out how silly McCain ads are for they are working.

    The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. - Dante

    by GinaNY on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:07:10 PM PDT

  •  The press was waiting for some sparks to launch (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Black Max, Cantinflas

    the advertising season for themselves. McCain gave it to them with stupid attack ads that seem to have a multiplier attached b/c there being rebroadcast at nauseum why the question the republicans want asked.

    "You needed a vehicle. The vehicle was W.M.D" Paul Wolfowitz

    by Just enough on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:13:30 PM PDT

  •  Relax (0+ / 0-)

    It's early. We haven't even nominated anyone yet. If McCain wants to shoot his wad with fleeting, childish ads now, let him. Obama doesn't want to peak out in July. We have a long way to go. Think of this as the starting point of a long, slow crescendo.

    •  The election is not decided after the convention. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Black Max, BlueStateLiberal

      Impressions of each candidate are formed throughout the campaign. Images of McCain are solid - those of Senator Obama are fluid since he is new on the scene.

      "And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night." Matthew Arnold

      by Cantinflas on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:17:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Apparently no one (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Cantinflas, Robert Davies

      here recalls Dukakis and Gore, both who were easily defined by the repubs--as was Kerry.

      What makes BO think he's immune to redefinition by the repubs?

      Bush's presidency is now inextricably yoked to the policies of aggression and subjugation. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:23:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't think (0+ / 0-)

        you can compare Obama with Dukakis or Gore. Remember, Gore's big problem was that he tried to be the guy his advisors wanted him to be, instead of just being himself.

        Lets stop trying to convince Obama to be something he isn't.

        Trust me on this, people have been telling Obama that he has to get nasty from the very beginning...when he was 20 points behind Hillary. He wouldn't go there. He knows what he is doing. Have faith!

        •  Again , you're too confident (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Robert Davies, oak510

          People need to remember that it was the philly debate which derailed Hillary.

          People need to remember that during that debate , everyone jumped on her and got aggressive.

          Obama was forced to get more aggresive toward her and he did that...although he was very ineffective.

          It was Edwards who connected heavy blows and derailed her.

          I sincerily believe Obama would not be the nominee today if it wasnt for the Philly debate in which Hillary was painted as a flip flopper.

          Obama did not win by just being the nice guy....He won because democrats got tough on Hillary.

          Obama has got to start defining McCain....He cant run the same kerry campaign or he'll lose.

        •  A difference (3+ / 0-)

          There's a difference between fighting back and being nasty. You can fight back with the truth.

          Nancy Pelosi is nothing like MY Sicilian grandmother!

          by Anthony Segredo on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 04:00:37 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  And why should I (0+ / 0-)

          'trust' you?

          BO's just playing the same movie I've already seen over and over and over, not only at the national level, but the local level as well.

          I'm not saying he has to be 'nasty,' but he cannot let the repubs define him.

          BTW, I don't have much respect for what he did in the primaries regarding HRC.

          Bush's presidency is now inextricably yoked to the policies of aggression and subjugation. Mike Whitney

          by dfarrah on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 08:20:17 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  I see strength in Obama’s tactics. (0+ / 0-)

    The more these ads are played, the more McCain comes across as juvenile in the eyes of "values voters". McCain is the child and Obama is the parent. That completely flips their values narrative to favor Obama. It is why self-aware (and honest) conservatives confess their jealousy that he is a Democrat.

    With the joy of responsibility comes the burden of obligation. -Hank Hill

    by sanglug on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 03:43:45 PM PDT

  •  Well said, Cantinflas. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    I wrote a quick piece working off your read on this.

    You're saying what needs to be said.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site