In response to initial questions about how he viewed Barack Obama’s statements on Georgia, McCain said, “There’s no room for partiship now.”
Given that any lack of support for Georgia could be political suicide right now, this left Obama’s camp with four options:
1) Agree with McCain’s hard-line stance on Georgia and emphasize unity; this would reenforce the widespread concept that Obama just shifts towards whatever McCain says and make Obama look worse
2) Disagree with McCain’s stance but echo the need for unity; this would only make everyone point out how disagreements are not unifying and make Obama look worse
3) Disagree with McCain’s stance and argue loudly against it; this might be Obama’s best option, trying to differentiate his candidacy, but it would really only reenforce the widespread concept that Dems back down when conflict arises (see: Iraq), making Obama look worse
4) Agree with McCain’s stance but make it seem like there’s a difference; this might lead to aggressive and belligerent name-calling and be Obama’s worst option.
Looks like Obama chose Option 4 anyway. So, what did McCain say in response to reporters who asked him about the name-calling coming from Obama’s camp? He said, “This isn’t a time for partisanship and sniping. Hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people whose lives are being taken and who are being driven from their homes.”
Given that any lack of support for Georgia could be political suicide right now, this leaves Obama’s camp with four options…