Diary

I Think I Might Smell a Little Strategy Here........

I think it’s safe to say at least 90% of us have been really ticked off with the way John McCain hasn’t come out swinging on Barack Obama on Fannie and Freddie, as well as a score of other issues. He’s obviously trying to play the bi-partisan, populist tone here. We all think it’s not working, but something tells me that this might be one of those trick plays that football coaches hold close to the vest, and waiting for the right moment late in the game to let it go.
Of course, I could be wrong, but for the sake of argument, let’s stick to my original theory here.
McCain’s been annoying the hell out of me (and a lot of us as well) by not teeing off on all of the obvious lies, deceit, omissions, and bad policies that Obama and his minions have supported. He’s pretty calm (er, I mean unemotional) at the stump, but fairly effective in his message. While I think the majority of America views him favorably, he obvioulsy has an issue relating to people. So why would it make sense for him to swing away with partisan attacks, and to say he feels their pain? It probably wouldn’t be very credible. While he can recite policy specifics very effectively (in my opinion, anyway) Obama has him beat in charisma and electrifying an audience.
No kidding? Seriously?
However, Sarah Palin has been able to steal Obama’s thunder with crowds. Is she as charismatic as BHO? Maybe. But, she has the ability (better than any other three people on the tickets) to relate to everyday Americans and filter out the Washington jargon. She’s competent, but is able to convey the message in a way that people can understand it because she is one of us. She’s not a rich lawyer or decorated war veteran with years of experience in the beltway. She’s a hockey mom who happens to be in a presidential race who has a good grasp of the issues and can speak our language.
I’m not saying that McCain’s strategy was to get behind six points in the polls and in danger of losing red states as well as critical battlegrounds, but his strategy might be for himself to play the bipartisanship message, and let Sarah Palin rail against Obama. Let her talk about how his tax increases and spending will affect average Americans. Let her convey how Obama’s dangerous stances on national security and foreign policy affect the midwest and the south.
All the while, McCain gets specific about policy and keeps the partisan tone down. Sarah can be Sarah, and McCain can stick to the narrative he’s most comfortable and effective with.
Like I said earlier, I could be completely wrong on this, but I see a little strategy here. Maybe this is what the McCain campaign is planning to do the last five weeks of the election. Get her out among the people and “localize” her; we like her because she’s one of us. Hopefully McCain will now realize he can use this to his advantage.