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October 25, 2008

Where the McCain Campaign Went Wrong

Filed under: Daily Observations,McCain,Palin,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 7:58 pm
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Here is where the McCain first went wrong; they choose a follow the leader strategy. First it was based on experience, a tact that Hillary Clinton took against Obama and lost at; then it was a message of change an obvious attempt of theft of Obama’s message of change, but I have already discussed this in the past. But, here is where the McCain went terribly wrong, they took on Sarah Palin.

The McCain campaign readily admits she was not ready the reason why they kept her from talking with the press.

“But two sources, one Palin associate and one McCain adviser defended the decision to keep her press interaction limited after she was first picked, both saying flatly that she was not ready and missteps could have been a lot worse. They insisted she needed time to get briefed on issues on the national and international stage she was not familiar with and has never dealt with, and on McCain’s long record.”

This goes to the character John McCain in his first major decision; Palin’s vetting process was flimsy at best.

“Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate.”

“McCain did not speak face to face with Palin until Thursday morning, at his retreat in Sedona, Ariz. He talked to her by telephone the previous Sunday.” This was the week before the RNC.

As the campaign season wore on McCain became erratic in his public behavior toward the financial crisis, and engaged in such personal vicious attacks either from himself, but mostly from Sarah Palin; a move that has turned off independent voters, a group he needs to win over if he really wants to become President of the United States.

Here is the real sign that John McCain is in real trouble for not winning the White House. It is not just the national polls, or the Electoral College polls showing McCain behind with only nine days left to the General Election. It is not even the heavy early voter turnout, which always favors Democrats it is this: Sarah Palin has started positioning herself away from John McCain.

“A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.”

But this is the most damaging of all:

“With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.”

Nasty in fighting is the tell all of a campaign on the ropes and headed for defeat.

It appears as though the three pong approach of their follow the leader strategy is costing John McCain and the Republican the presidential election, not mention both Houses. November fourth promises to be a bloody day for Republicans and they can thank John McCain and his campaign for that.


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  1. I agree… I totally agree… I really hope she doesn’t get to be the VP, I see a national crisis if she does… SIGH

    Comment by Terra — October 25, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

  2. I totally agree with you.

    Comment by Kymberly — November 6, 2008 @ 12:30 am

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