Tags: Barack Obama, checklist, Democratic National Convention, John McCain
Emphasize Biography: Check
Unify the Party: Check
Tie McCain to Bush: Triple Check
At this point, should the Republicans even bother with a convention? Save your money, RNC…or use it for gas money as you follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell.
Tags: John McCain, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mitt Romney
Romney just dropped 30 points in the prediction markets while Kay Bailey Hutchinson spikes by 20. Wow.
Update: McCain to announce VP at 11 a.m. Friday in Dayton, Ohio
Tags: Barack Obama, bill clinton, Hillary Clinton, John McCain
Tonight, Bill echoed one of the greatest tactics Obama used against Hillary in the primary. When Obama was criticized by the Clinton campaign as being too young and too inexperienced, he responded that there was another president 16 years ago who was told the same thing. That man was Bill Clinton. It was a brilliant tactic that the Clinton campaign never successfully rebutted. Tonight, Bill echoed Obama’s line, the same line that chipped away at his wife’s campaign–that he too was chided as too young and too inexperienced. Bill, who recently told ABC News that no one is truly every “ready” to be president, used Obama’s line to impress his own seal of approval on Obama’s readiness for the presidency. Yay Unity.
Tags: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama killed two birds with one stone tonight, headlining Day 1 of the DNC with a speech focussed on her husband’s biography — as well as her own. The strategy from the Obama campaign is to answer any remaining doubts and questions voters may have about the soon-to-be nominee with stories about Obama’s background. But, Michelle also talked about her own biography and how no where in the world is her story possible. The line that stands out is her profession of love for the country, an obvious effort to silence criticism that she is not a “patriotic American.” Tonight, Michelle marked a clear end to that debate, erasing question marks regarding her level of patriotism with a poetic, emotional, and vulnerable delivery. More importantly, Michelle inoculated herself against any future attacks the McCain campaign may have up its sleeve. Simply, unless Michelle trips up on the trail, she’s in the clear. No one can touch her. And the McCain campaign will have to resort to towing the tired empty-celeb line and lame attacks ads starring Obama supporter, Hillary Clinton.
Tags: Barack Obama, gaffe machine, Joe Biden, new york observer
Intrade gives Joe Biden a 56% chance of becoming the VP nominee and his stock continues to rise, literally. But am I in bizaro world or something? Are we all so short-sighted to completely ignore the history of Biden, the perpetual gaffe machine, with conventional wisdom now holding that he’s an elder statesman sure to shore up Obama’s foreign policy credentials? In case you forgot the obvious, here are the best of Biden bloopers:
“I mean you got the first mainstream, African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking, I mean that’s a storybook, man.”
-Biden on Obama candidacy, New York Observer, January 2007
“You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
-CSPAN, June 2006
“[Delaware was] a slave state that fought beside the North…that’s only because we couldn’t figure out how to get to the South, there were a couple of other states in the way.”
-On Delaware’s Confederate history, November 2006, Rotary Club meeting in Columbia, S.C.
Admits ”a mistake’‘ when he plagiarized a law review article for a paper he wrote in his first year at law school.
Told New Hampshire voters that he graduated in the “top half” of his law school class (actual standing: 76 out of 85)
Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Las Vegas, Nevada, Tom Vilsack, Yucca Mountain
According to a Nevada poll taken during the primaries:
Nevada voters remain overwhelmingly opposed to federal plans to store the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, according to a statewide poll…The survey of 600 likely Nevada voters conducted for the Reno Gazette-Journal found that 76 percent oppose the project and 57 percent say the issue will be important in making their choice for president.
Now the Obama is up in key battleground Nevada running this ad slamming McCain for supporting the storage of nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain.
This is classic David Axelrod, using localized issues to attack an opponent and win over key demographics. He did it with Tom Vilsack in Iowa, running ads providing a solution to the smelly pig farm problem. It’s brilliant and flies way under the radar of national news. I say forget national polls at this point, focus on the battlegrounds and who’s winning the West.
Tags: Barack Obama, bill clinton, Don't Stop, Fleetwood Mac, Hillary Clinton
Any idea what Obama’s campaign theme song is? If he doesn’t already have one, maybe the Clintons could make another gesture at unity by loaning this oldie but goodie to the Obama campaign.
Tags: Barack Obama, Dick Gepherdt, Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Kathleen Sebelius, New York Post
Any takers the New York Post will get it wrong again this year?