Now, I’m not a politician, and I may not have much experience in that area, but I have a brain, and, unlike many people of the general population it seems, I actually use mine.
It seems to me that the Obama campaign has not yet capitalized on the opportunities their opponents have given to them. McCain and his people have been the main aggressors, but Obama seems to have a kind of “media armor”, which is probably there partially due to his tendency to only stretch the truth rather than outright lie. I would really like to point out some openings that any strategist would point out are good places to apply media pressure.
First, there’s something that the media has begun to hit, and the Obama campaign recently released a video talking about this issue, but there needs to be more powerbehind it. While the McCain camp has been attacking Obama’s marginal relationship with Ayers, the Democrats have neglected to fully attack the relationship between John McCain and Charlie Keating.
Secondly, McCain seems to have a problem with keeping his emotions in check. Use this to your advantage! An opponent who is thinking with his emotions – especially that of anger – is an easier opponent to beat than one who is calm and seems to be in control. McCain is missing a piece for his “stone wall”, and there is nothing he can do about it, as it is “who he is”. This is not something to just let slide under the media spotlight, this is something to drag to the surface and point out whenever possible.
(The above point could also be used well during a debate – if the opponent visibly loses his cool on stage in front of millions of people, there will be no way to cover it up. It could be the perfect checkmate move.)
Third, don’t let statements like those made recently by the McCain campaign and Sarah Palin slip by undetected by all but those hyperconnected though the internet. These statements can be used against those who make them, and it is best to use these golden opportunities – the opening is there, one must just take the initiative and attack rather than sit back and watch and wait for others to do it for them. As is often said, “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”
Lastly, while I believe that the main debate should be about the differences between McCain‘s and Obama’splans for the future, I also believe that we should continue to keep Sarah Palin in mind, as, if the McCain/Palin ticket wins this general election (which continues to seem more unlikely as I continue to watch Nate Silver’s predictions on FiveThirtyEight.com), it is possible that we shall see that woman sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office in an official capacity – something I’m not sure many people would be happy with. The Obama campaign needs to address issues that threaten the union of the United States of America, and make sure that these facts are noticed by the public.
Many opportunitieshave arisen for Senator Obama and his supporters to make moves against their opponents, of which only a few have really been used to their greatest extent. Now, those points that have been exhausted (remember the lipstick on a pig arguments?) should stay retired, but new points – or old points that have not yet been dredged up – should still be hit, and hit hard.
Good luck to Senator Obama in this regard, and I am looking forward to watching the town hall debate tomorrow night.
Also, let our thoughts be with Senator Joe Biden and his family as they mourn the passing of his mother-in-law, Bonny Jean Jacobs. May her soul rest in peace.
Oh yes, a note. This will be my last post here, as I am moving on to bigger and better things. Hopefully someone will take up where I have left off, and I hope that they bring a intelligent perspective to the table. Best of luck to all of you.