The days until the election are counting down, and now is the time for the McCain campaign to take a moment to refocus and prepare for the stretch run. First and foremost, discipline, not caution, has got to become the watchword. They need to hammer, on a daily basis, the policies that they intend to implement if they take office in January. They need to make clear that those policies would have been clearly articulated earlier had Barack Obama honored his earlier pledge to engage in townhall style meetings.
Less energy needs to be spent worrying about trifling issues, and zero time needs to be spent on misguided efforts like trying to categorizing things as sexist. (the lipstick comment would have been name-calling, not sexism, if it was intentional, which it really did not seem to be) Let the media, and especially the blogosphere take on issues of this nature.
The next commercial has already been written, and if it isn’t already in the can, and ready to run, somebody is not doing their job….it is simple…run the video of Joe Biden…
“Make no mistake about this,” Biden responded. “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America, and quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight.”
source…a moment of pause, and the then… “He has doubts about the decision…. Do you?”
Make Barack Obama engage in policy discussions. Stop with tautologies. It is time for specifics. Barack Obama cannot seriously compete if the issues become the focus at this point, which will force him into a very uncomfortable position.
He cannot go more to the left at this point without exposing his moderate flank, and if he moves one step to the right, the hard left will simply choose to sit this one out.
Discipline will mean victory in November….