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This is one such diary. But it's very brief.

As Robin Abcarian and Peter Wallsten point out in today's LA times, McCain has taken the experience issue off the table. Attacking Obama on his lack of experience was a loser; McCain's only shot at winning now is to out-Hope-Change-and-Believe the Hope-Change-and-Belief agent. McCain's new campaign meme is reform: Palin is the REAL agent of change, the All-American (all white, all gun-toting, sports-loving, highly reproductive) agent of change. She is Obama minus all that heartland Americans find disquieting about him:

I still believe that the Palin pick is principally geared to white conservative middle-class men who do not want to vote for a black man, but now have a chance to embrace "change" by casting their vote for a white woman. And there is a fantasy angle to this, too: If you want to spell it out bluntly, Palin offers white men a chance to save a white woman from a black man. For this audience, once the Obama campaign starts attacking Palin casting their vote for Palin is a "Birth of a Nation" style ride to the rescue of the All-American white girl in distress. I think this is why Obama has not frontally attacked Palin and will not go there for the rest of the campaign.

Unless you want to simply ignore her (which is difficult given the kind of traction she is getting with her target audience), and assuming that Abcarian's and Wallsten's analysis is correct, the only way of attacking Palin is questioning her credentials as a reformer.

There is some substance to that claim, mainly that she was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it.

More importantly, this means that you should drop or scale back all other lines of attack, particularly the inane discussion about whether or not her baby son is her child or her daugther's. That one is definitely a trap.

UPDATE: The Dems are onto it:

Originally posted to Berliner2 on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 02:36 AM PDT.

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  •  Bingo! (2+ / 0-)
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    balconesfault, jayden

    Connect her to her party - she is a Republican first and foremost. The "reformer" mantra will fall apart easily when her record is connected to her party. MORE OF THE SAME.

  •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

    More importantly, this means that you should drop or scale back all other lines of attack, particularly the inane discussion about whether or not her baby son is her child or her daugther's. That one is definitely a trap.

    Fine.  But too many of us are batshit crazy now.

  •  Agree Completely (1+ / 0-)
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    The right theme is to just point out over and over that McCain-Palin just puts new faces on the policies of the last 8 years.

    Questions to Palin shouldn't be about her experience - they should be about what decisions she'd make in specific situations.  Let's get her on record before she gets up the learning curve.

  •  The Woman To Nowhere! (0+ / 0-)

    When people reflect on what this pick Really means if McCain were elected, that due to his age and health issues, he could die today or tomorrow and Sarah Palin would be sworn in as President Palin!  And that scares a lot of people.  It don't take a lot of intelligence to realize she is the wrong person at the wrong time for this most prestigious and awesom job.  McCain made a terrible mistake and he will pay for it at the ballotbox and in public opinion.  

  •  Bingo -- they are going to crush her in AK (0+ / 0-)

    Remember Politics is dog eat dog.

    When you abuse power, people tend to love to get even...

    I hate to say it, but John McCain may have ruined Palin's political career by not vetting her properly. There are a number of AK blogs with tons of oppo -- these are Republicans mind you -- that have a stake in becoming the "real" reformer of AK. <-- read here.</p>

    Right now there we need to list the memes --
    executive competitence --
    reformer cred --
    and on McCain's
    "country first"
    "judgement" -- mccain shifted the debate there, and if we tear-appart Palin's cred, then we will have destroyed McCain's

    Now, Obama can be on full-bore offense tearing

  •  Twofold attack: she's corrupt and extreme-right (1+ / 0-)
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    We need to pretend at least we're taking her seriously, and project any flaws we see in her on the anti-change/corrupt GOP angle or the extreme-right wing angle onto McCain.

    Palin's involved with Ted Stevens?  So is McCain.  Corrupt Republicans.

    Palin's in with big oil?  So is McCain.

    Palin's views on abortion are out of touch?  So is McCain on everything.

    People will naturally realize she's clueless - we don't have to tell them that.  It's our chance to frame her - we should cast upon her the flaws we want to emphasize in McCain, and use it to help further the narrative about McCain.

    Don't call him "McLame": call McCain John Sidney McCain, III to help sink in the fact that he's out of touch.

    by barath on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 03:10:15 AM PDT

  •  E-voting (0+ / 0-)

    The only chance for McCain is to steal votes via E-voting machines.  For this reason Dems must make every effort to PROTECT THE POLLS.

    This administration and the GOP are exercising their control of media outlets to make the race appear closer than it really is in order to cover much of the vote stealing they have planned for this election.

    The most HEINOUS crime imaginable in a democracy is to subvert the will of the people to freely elect their representatives.  


    I never was that interested in politics until Bush, with the help of K. Harris and "Fat Tony" Scalia, stole the 2000 election.  I knew at that moment that we were in serious trouble.

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