Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 15:50:53 PM EDT
oops, did I say that, wrong heading folks. I should be ashamed of myself, but I'm not.
He needs to stop playing jump rope and double dutch with Mccain and Palin. playing jump rope won't win him the election. American's want someone tough in the White House. it's time for Barack to show he is tough. I told you I'm not the only one wanting Barack to take off the gloves. Terence Samuel, the highly respected Deputy Editor of The Root is providing his own observations on this issue. In his post, Slaughter The Pig. Terence Samuel says, "Team Obama needs to break out the knives and start rolling in the mud, too." Here is more of what Terence Samuel has to say:
"So we wake up this morning to a Web ad from the McCain-Palin campaign accusing Barack Obama of sexism. It is a swift and superb effort and, from what we know about these things and the political climate in which we live, likely to be effective. It is a quick and dirty piece of television remarkable for the jaw-dropping, breath-taking, head-shaking dishonesty on which is it based.
The basic charge is that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig, and that is sexist. Nevermind that it never happened. It is now clear that the Republicans' strategy for victory is not to discredit Obama's views or his policy positions but to destroy the man himself.
Based on the current trajectory, what Obama may have coming will make the swift-boating of John Kerry look like a campfire song. And if Democrats are nervous and a little dispirited today it is because they have seen the effectiveness of this approach before. More importantly, they have seen it in combination with the complete inability of their own candidate to effectively respond. Obama's speech on charter schools and the importance of education in Dayton, Ohio yesterday did nothing to advance his candidacy. Instead, all the energy and resources of his campaign were spent explaining that the phrase "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig," is an old English axiom meant to convey that deception has limits. Even McCain has used the phrase on occasion.
With undecided white women moving to McCain, the sexism ad will further monopolize Obama camp resources."
Obama's counterpunches so far, have sounded a little bit naïve, almost idiotic:
"…The American people aren't stupid. They are going to get it," he told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann early this week. "But we've got to make sure that we are being clear, not only that they [the Republicans] will not bring about change, but the very specific kinds of changes we want to bring, in terms of green technology jobs in America, investing in our education system, making college more affordable, making health care accessible to every American." More HERE
This is not a civics seminar; it's a knife fight, and the McCain camp is bringing automatic rifles.
Terence Samuel, The Root
AAPP: I hope team Obama, including Jim Margolis get the message. As I asked before, Why is Obama's media campaign so weak? Maybe Obama needs some grassroots people (of all walks of life) on his campaign staff advising him on what can work for his advertising. Yes, His ads got him to this point, but I have to say... they are not working now. Terence Samuel and Sandy Goodman are both right. The public is lapping up McCain and Palin's garbage. And Obama better do something to change that if he wants to be the next president.
Nice guys like Dukakis and Kerry finished last.
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