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So, I've been waiting... his opponent getting more aggressive, his supporters getting squeamish, and everyone acknowledging that Obama will have to summon some of the fighter spirit to beat back attacks.

And I thought, hmmm, you know in October last year, Barack sat down with the Times and explained how he was going to hit back harder on Clinton in an article entitled Obama Promises a Forceful Stand Against Clinton.  I don't recall him ever having to lower himself that much, but just the act of stating that he intended to bring the fight to her heartened his partisans and told the press he wouldn't be pushed around.  I also remember this one article changing major dynamics in the race, while he largely remained clean.

Maybe he should do that again...

Well, unsurprisingly, I look online this morning and I find that Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets.

Man do these guys know how to play the game.

First up, same 'team' of reporters who love the process story, Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney.  Just check out some of these choice quotes and consider what Barack is actually doing here.  (One thing to note here is that the October 28th article was from a direct interview with the Senator, today's article is based on high level sources including Axelrod and Plouffe).

Just look at the openers to these two pieces:

"Senator Barack Obama says he will start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully..."

"Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks..."

OK, so first we telegraph what we're going to do to reassure those freaking out, allowing the campaign to actually keep the high ground in practice.

"Mr. Obama said the plan had always been for him to begin taking on Mrs. Clinton more directly in the fall. "

"(T)hey were not planning any major deviation from a strategy that called for a steady escalation of attacks on Mr. McCain as the race heads toward the debates."

Then reassure people that you know what you're doing and can handle anything.

And one more for emphasis:

"(A)ides said they were startled by the effectiveness of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, and worried that her support was not as brittle as they had once believed."

"By every indication, Mr. Obama’s aides underestimated the impact that Mr. McCain’s choice of Ms. Palin would have on the race."

Always concede the obvious, otherwise you lack credibility.

Bottom line, Democrats get nervous, it's in our DNA, but these guys are pros and they're always thinking ahead.  I'm part of the largest field operation in hte history of this country, I'll leave the tactics and strategy to the big brains in Chicago.

We've been here before, David, David and Barack have been here before, and we all will succeed again.

Originally posted to NYPragmatist on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 06:56 AM PDT.

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  •  well put (1+ / 0-)
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    pvlb

    he's got it under control, folks

    •  If you hate them so much (0+ / 0-)

      Write to Planned Parenthood or other 527s to get their ads on the air, and donate to them.

      The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world goes from gray to colorful.

      by alkatt on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:08:52 AM PDT

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      •  Here's what I wrote to Planned Parenthood (0+ / 0-)

        "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGBa-4ufCFg

        This ad NEEDS to be seen in all the battleground states.  I will donate to get this ad on the air.  Many others want to see this ad up as well.  Your site isn't clear where it will air or how it will be shown.  Please let me know and I'll spread the word.  Thank you."

        Anyone shows me another 527 ad that they feel does the job, I will check it out and donate there as well.

        The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world goes from gray to colorful.

        by alkatt on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:16:36 AM PDT

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  •  Well put (0+ / 0-)

    Obama is master of the Rope a dope

    "For the love of god learn to think on your own" Me

    by givemhellHarryR on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:05:41 AM PDT

  •  will you all stop saying this: (0+ / 0-)

    Bottom line, Democrats get nervous, it's in our DNA...

    You're just confirming that your weak with that statement.  Stop it.

    Bottom line, the GOP has stolen two elections in a row and nearly destroyed the American Dream...so yeah we're nervous, because these folks are pros at lying and cheating their way into office.

    Isn't that better?

    "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." ~Voltaire

    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:10:40 AM PDT

    •  No I won't (0+ / 0-)

      This is what happens, strong people calm their nerves rather than blaming others for pointing out reality.

      And whining about having things stolen from you definitely doesn't make you appear strong.  So save the semantical debates.

      •  It's not semantics. (0+ / 0-)

        The difference is you've implied it's a inherent trait for Democrats to be nervous.

        It's one of the reasons republicans pound Dems on National Security.  Do you want the guy with "nervous" in their DNA with their finger on the button?  Hell no you don't.

        Being nervous is fine, and one can overcome being nervous/afraid to push through a situation (see: bravery), but to claim it as a PART OF WHO YOU ARE is just a bad idea.

        Not to mention the fact that it's not true for a LOT of Democrats.

        "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." ~Voltaire

        by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 04:34:49 PM PDT

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    •  The diarist is right. (0+ / 0-)

      I prefer to see it as Stockholm Syndrome.

      McCain? Maverick? Please. He's a broken down jalopy stuck in a junkyard of corruption.

      by eclecticbrotha on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:21:46 AM PDT

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      •  I agree with his final conclusion... (0+ / 0-)

        David, David, and Barack have been here before.  In fact, other than the Palin choice, I think they have done every single thing they wanted to this point.  And I don't think the Palin thing shook them up as much as the traditional media said it did either.

        Keep in mind, according to the media: "The Obama campaign doesn't know how to handle the Palin issue" was why Obama wasn't saying anything about her.  But look back at the coverage.  He never had to get involved, because the media was vetting her.

        Again, I agree with the diarist's conclusion...I just disagree with saying all Democrats are inherently nervous about elections.  Look at republicans.  They will go on TV and know they are beaten.  KNOW they have no answer, and they will still sit there and spin as hard as they can.

        Democrats are RIGHT most of the time, and they don't even have that confidence or resolve.  It's got to change, and it's things like saying "look Democrats are nervous by nature" that reinforces that narrative.  Not just in the media, but in fellow Democrats.

        "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." ~Voltaire

        by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 04:41:46 PM PDT

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  •  I don't believe Obama's the problem. (0+ / 0-)

    I believe the lack of backbone among his supporters is the problem. I have never seen so many people shit bricks at once. Even when there's good news the same cabal of naysayers descend on the diary to carpet bomb it with defeatism. I imagine the Republicans come to Daily Kos every day to lurk and read the bizarre rants of some of the most active defeatists while they get to sit back and laugh their asses off.

    McCain? Maverick? Please. He's a broken down jalopy stuck in a junkyard of corruption.

    by eclecticbrotha on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:19:11 AM PDT

    •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

      Does anybody really 'get' how steely the campaign has to be not to go off into screaming attacks of the kneejerks?

      It's not about blind following.  It is about pattern recognition.

      Sarah Palin: The personification of American Ignorance and Hubris. Talk to your friends about Counsel for Change (see homepage)

      by pvlb on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 07:41:45 AM PDT

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