McCain is desperately trying to change this increasingly unchangeable scenario, campaigning in two “must win” states, Pennsylvania and Florida. He will undoubtedly run himself and his cash-starved campaign ragged trying to convince voters in those states that he solely is the power and the glory for the American experience. Unfortunately for McCain, he faces two daunting obstacles:
1. He is unable to campaign for long before attacking Obama on everything from taxes to jobs to prosperity.
2. He has less than five days to change the minds of at least 9% of Americans.
One area where McCain and his incompetent campaign cronies made a huge mistake was taking Obama’s comments about “spreading the wealth”, spoken to a reporter at the time of emergence of Joe (Sam) the not-very-articulate tax-liened plumber. McCain morphed this simple concept into a “redistribution of wealth” issue, using something a bit heavier than nuance (i.e., lies) to define the latest thrust of his campaign.
Obama’s original idea of “spreading the wealth” is not such a bad concept. It implies that there is abundant wealth, and it should be spread so that all have wealth. “Redistribution” means making wealthy folks poor so the poor can be wealthy. The McCain campaign planners tried to pull a Karl Rove, but lacked the finesse of the Bush campaign engineer. As a result, McCain, his not-so-cooperative talking head Palin, and his entire campaign staff has lost credibility.
With his credibility showing cracks, McCain’s ability to change the minds of 9% of Americans who are already decided, a third of which have already voted in early balloting, seems impossible. For those who follow such things, the polls are not offering McCain any encouragement. If you are interested, you can see all the national polls and their daily changes HERE.
In the meantime, there is reason to believe that Sarah Palin and her inner circle are seeing a probable McCain loss as an opportunity for future grandeur. It’s actually amusing to watch this situation unfold, since both McCain and Palin describe themselves as mavericks. So…are they mavericking against each other?
It seems that Palin is. The word on the street is that she is focusing on 2012, when Obama, presuming that he wins next Tuesday, will be running for re-election. It appears that she sees herself as the future savior and supreme leader of the GOP, being a dynamic woman who could unseat the other minority guy occupying the White House in 2012.
There is no question that Palin is a good public speaker and that is, perhaps, her greatest non-physical asset. In fact, she is too eloquent for the McCain campaign staffers, who wish she would stay on message, instead of venturing off the reservation during campaign stump speeches. But Palin has her sights on her future.
Too bad she is such a divisive ditz. If she had an original idea in her head besides personal ambition, she just might become the leader in the moribund GOP. But she is too transparent for most people to take her seriously. She lambasted Obama for “spreading the wealth”, while touting her own record in Alaska of making sure that Alaskans got a share of the oil pipeline profits, or, in other words, “spreading the wealth”.
Thus, in effect, McCain’s choice of vice-presidential candidate is another campaign mistake. That’s makes three insurmountable obstacles.
In fairness to McCain, he should have won the 2000 republican primary season, because if a republican had to win that election, McCain would probably had been a much better president than George W. Bush. But he couldn’t defeat the Karl Rove strategic plan. So why would anyone believe that he could defeat the strategic plans of any of our enemies?
One last thing to ponder before November 4th. Alaska republican Ted Stevens, convicted of eight felony charges involving accepting major gratuities, is barred as a convicted felon from voting. But he’s not barred by law from serving as a US senator. The GOP sees nothing wrong with this scenario. Is that bizarre or WHAT?
And don’t forget Larry Craig, the republican senator from Idaho, who pleaded guilty to public misconduct for soliciting sex in an airport men’s room, whom is also running for another term as Idaho’s senator. The arrogance of these folks should be enough to warn American citizens against voting for these folks and the party they belong to that cannot and/or will not hold them back.
But there is no accounting for citizen stupidity.
Make sure you vote on or before (if able) next Tuesday, November 4th. Demonstrate to all that you’re smarter than most.
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