Sunday, September 14, 2008

A DemoGimme, But Will the Obama Campaign Answer the Call?

On the one hand, we've got news today of the power of the moderate-to-liberal counter punch to John McCain's culture war selection of Sarah Palin: Obama raises $66 million in the wake of the McCain selection, indicating in my opinion that Sarah Palin is galvanizing the left against the McCain ticket.

On the other hand, is Obama going to blow this opportunity that 8 years of George W. Bush and Bushie candidate McCain are laying in his lap? The Telegraph sees that as a distinct possibility:
The Sunday Telegraph has learned that senators, governors and union leaders who have experience of winning hard-fought races in swing states have been bombarding Obama's campaign headquarters with telephone calls offering advice. But many of those calls have not been returned.

A senior Democratic strategist, who has played a prominent role in two presidential campaigns, told The Sunday Telegraph: "These guys are on the verge of blowing the greatest gimme in the history of American politics. They're the most arrogant bunch Ive ever seen. They won't accept that they are losing and they won't listen." ....

Since Sarah Palin was unveiled as Mr McCain's running mate, the Obama camp has faced accusations that it has been pushed off message and has been limp in responding to attacks.

A Democratic National Committee official told The Sunday Telegraph: "I really find it offensive when Democrats ask the Republicans not to be nasty to us, which is effectively what Obama keeps doing. They know that's how the game is played."
Is he going to run around the huge hole that liberal contributors have opened up for him by ignoring the sage advice of people who have worked in the trenches and aren't above preemptive strikes and decisive incursions against Republicans? The Obama campaign cannot just demand unity from any progressive who may or may not have supported him but refuse to offer the same to other liberal camps who know how to beat Republicans in states where Obama lost to Clinton.

I still have the same question about Obama now that I had when I went into a primary voting booth and struggled with the decision to vote for him or Clinton. I am still waiting for him to show the mettle it takes to treat this as a campaign rather than a popularity contest and to battle the Republicans.

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