It seems someone has out-charismatized Obama, and he doesn’t know how to handle it. But it’s important to temper the enthusiasm for McCain/Palin to avoid being just another celebrity — there’s already one celebrity running, we don’t need another.
The pit pull line was good, as well as playing “Barracuda” at events, but it’s time to focus on reality — Obama is nothing more than a replay of Jimmy Carter, and we remember those years and don’t want to relive them. McCain needs to remind everyone how much Obama acts exactly like Jimmy Carter and his disastrous administration (and how he’s afraid to meet in townhall meetings away from the teleprompter). From windfall profits to pathetic energy policy (which actually makes the problem worse), it’s amazing how similar Obama is to Carter.
Windfall profits tax? (to reduce supply and increase prices) Check.
Ridiculous energy policy? (Wear a sweater vs. inflate your tires). Check.
Horrible foreign policy? (Hostage crisis, surrender, so on) Check.
McCain/Palin win on the issues — national security, taxes, energy, reform, and so on. While Palin’s popularity isn’t a bad thing, it’s important to know it’s on energy, taxes, reform, and security McCain/Palin beat Obama/Biden every time. The more people find out how much taxes will go up, how the no-energy policy will keep gas prices high, and how unprepared Team O is on foreign policy, and how he’s abandoned virtually every promise he made in the primaries (Iraq, public campaign financing, FISA, gun control, new style politics, etc) the less likely they will be to support him.
… we have to guard against the same kind of cult of personality that arose around Obama and continues to this day. We want the large crowds, but we need to have them pay attention to the message. That message can’t just consist of “hockey mom” and “pit bull”, but a coherent public-policy philosophy along with a demonstration of how Palin’s record and experience supports it. …
That means being realistic about Palin’s experience. As governor for only 20 months, she has more executive experience than Barack Obama, but that’s a quip, not an argument. McCain chose her because she has a record of real reform, and of risk-taking in cleaning up politics, that includes more than just her term as Governor. We need to press that message and show how Palin commits McCain to change by outlining her achievements over the last several years, and focus on that rather than the Palin family. …
We’ve been fortunate in one regard: for some reason, Barack Obama has chosen to run against Sarah Palin rather than John McCain in the last two weeks. We win that argument every time in two ways: Obama can’t beat Palin on experience, and McCain winds up looking like the only person running for President. However, we can’t count on that foolishness lasting forever …
When Obama says “lets talk issues”, McCain should repeat his challenge for Obama to join him in town hall style discussions. McCain should immediately run ads repeating the challenge, and use Team O quotes about “focusing on the issues”, and then ask why he’s afraid to talk. McCain should give his schedule for town hall discussions for the next few weeks, and invite Obama to every one (if they want, bring along Biden).
The presidential debates are a joke — too scripted and rehearsed. Want to know if someone can handle the pressure and think on their feet in unscripted moments (you know, like the situation room)? Get ’em in a townhall style discussion. It would be good for the country for both candidates to travel together and meet daily in townhall discussions. It would also stop some of the attacks — after all, it’s hard to be mean when someone stands right next to you.
Since Obama wants to focus on issues, why does he continue to reject the offer? Could it be he knows he lacks good judgment and lacks ability to think on your feet and improvise? McCain could even offer … ummm … to have … let me say first … teleprompters … umm …. available … you know … umm …. if Team O wants ’em.
It’s been said by some the first and most important choice of a presidential candidate is the choice of VP. And Biden recently said Hillary would be better for VP.
“Make no mistake about this, 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,” Biden said testily when a voter told Biden he was glad the Delaware senator had been chosen and not Clinton.
“She’s a truly close personal friend and 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,” he continued.
Oops. Even Obama’s pick for VP admits Obama didn’t use good judgment in what many people say is a candidate’s most important decision — that of VP.
Ready to lead? Even Obama’s VP says no.