posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 01:34 AM
Since I lean toward the right I'll limit myk posts to why I think O made the choices he did, and what I think should be different---what advice I'd
First: I don't think he was ever really free to pick clinton as a running mate. The dems who got him this far are the "hilary haters" in the
democratic party. It would be a total betrayal of his fundraising base.
Second: I don't think he could have trusted Hilary as a vice president. It is critical to have loyalty in a vice-president. And hilary couldn't
be trusted to give it after the primaries they went through. (Most of you probably don't know that in the USA, originally the Vice president was the
runner up. When the parties coalesced, they changed it, because it seemed to invite assasination and political blackmail, etc.)
Third: I think Biden is an absolutely horrible choice. Almost a slap in the face to O's younger supporters. Biden is everything old school, Ted
Kennedy-esque, and corrupt about the democrat party machine.
Fourth: O's European tour was a HUGE blunder with the working classes. Having a buncha furriners (germans at that) cheering for you is not the best
way to reach the grandchildren of WWII vets in the corn belt, where memories linger, and every town has a 105mm dedicated to the men who died at Omaha
Beach. In lots of those fly-over states, "international" is a negative term. It alienated the undecideds in droves. I still hear about it from
working-class people I know.
Here's how I'd advise Obama:
-Be seen honoring the flag. Seriously. Go to an elementary school and say the pledge along with the children. The democratic base will overlook it
if they find it distasteful, and it will frame him as being patriotic; frankly a soft spot for every democratic hopeful after Jimmy Carter.
-Take a "photo op tour" of an oil rig. Without any comment. Just pose near one in a hard hat, especially with Biden. The two of you go ask
roughnecks about their work. The left will think you are looking at all the environmental damage, and the right will begin to think you're at least
interested in the idea of affordable fuel for the working class.
-Talk about how the republicans have created an industry out of taking money from pharmaceutical lobbyists. Talk about how K street in washington is
"occupied territory" controlled by pro-republican lobbyists. Talk about how if McCain wins, Big Pharma will NEVER be deconstructed. Go after the
Dems in your own party who take money from big pharma, then show how long the list of republicans really is.
-Try to get McCain's health records released. Claim that the records released have been edited to cover up his heart condition, cancer, etc.
Release it through the media so it doesn't come back directly to you.
-Find pictures of McCain taking a nap or nodding off. It doesn't matter when or where. At church or in a hammock in his own back yard. Use the word
"tired" when referring to anything about him or his party: "tired of the same old inaction," "tired of this do-nothing, know-nothing,
change-nothing presidency." Be relentless.
-Hint that McCain is in bed with big oil. Show pictures of people wearing hard-hats at the republican convention. Overlay with scenes of oil rigs on
fire from Gulf war one. Show oilfield workers with dirty faces and dirty hard-hats. Get an announcer with a gravelly voice to ask a
baiting question: "Why won't Mcain come clean on his connections to big oil?" "Why has McCain had to abstain from so many senate votes about
oil?" (cut to a shot of an oil tanker leaking oil, then to birds on a beach flapping their wings in oil.) "It's time to come clean about the oil
industry, Mcain. It's time for the truth . . . " swipe to a picture of Obama, in a white shirt with sleeves rolled up, and a clean
hard-hat, standing under a big wind turbine. Fade to children gathered around a flag. Superimpose the words "clean up washington. Obama for
And that's just round one.