Michael Crawford

McCain Strategy: Attack, Attack, Attack

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 06, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, election 2008, John McCain, political advertising, Republicans

Its lines like this that make me more than a little gay for Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos:

Many people will warn against "getting complacent". I like to approach this potential problem differently -- we have a chance to rip out the GOP's jugular. We can throw them an anvil. We can kick them while they're down. No matter the metaphor, the underlying meaning remains -- we can destroy the Republicans. Now's not the time to slack, it's the time to pick things up. We've got them in a near rout. Let's destroy them.

In his post Markos is warning people to expect a scorched Earth wave of negative attacks from the McCain campaign against Obama because of Obama's rising poll numbers with 30+ days left in the campaign. In the attacks we can expect McCain to question Obama's patriotism, religious faith, and experience. You can also expect to see the return of Rev. Wright, madrasahs, Bill Ayers and anything else McCain can think to pull out of his magic hat of political distraction to keep from talking about the issues that matter to voters. Nearly 100% of McCain's ad spending is devoted to attacking Obama.

What you want see from the McCain campaign is something like this:

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I get that negative attacks are a part of the political game and that they can be quite effective. But McCain's campaign strategy of "attack, attack, attack" is much like the GOP chant "drill, baby, drill." It is a whole lot of smoke and mirrors that doesn't address the issues at hand and fails to deliver the change that we need now.

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Baby, I don't mean to be rude, but you're already "more than a little gay."


Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 7, 2008 7:09 AM

Just as I wanted to see some red meat on the first night of the Democratic Convention. We must not only inform the voter of what the Democrats desire to do, but what we fear the Repugnintcans would do.

Thank you Michael and I'm glad you are more than a little Gay. After all, in for a penny, in for a pound!

Drill, baby, Drill.