Barack Obama is in trouble, so he is going to get tough, starting today.
Apparently, in Obama's mind, the merciless smearing of Sarah Palin and her family and the besmirching of John McCain's honor has been civil and a proper way to campaign.
The new plan includes TV ads and more forceful attacks, carried out by Obama and his surrogates.
Will the country respond to an angrier Obama? I don't think so. Obama doesn't lose his temper, but he does get very snippy in a way that's very unbecoming.
Are Matt Damon and Pamela Anderson and David Letterman and Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews official Obama surrogates?
The Obama campaign has to do something, but I don't know if taking a sharper tone, meaning stepping up the slime, is the way to go.
It was such a terrible miscalculation to go for the jugular with Sarah Palin. I seriously doubt that Americans will respond positively to more dirt.
From the New York Times:
Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket and increasing nervousness in the Democratic ranks.
Mr. McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate and the resulting jolt of energy among Republican voters appear to have caught Mr. Obama and his advisers by surprise and added to concern among some Democrats that the Obama campaign was not pushing back hard enough against Republican attacks in a critical phase of the race.
Some Democrats said Mr. Obama needed to move to seize control of the campaign and to block Mr. McCain from snatching away from him the message that he was the best hope to bring change to Washington.
After back-to-back attack ads by Mr. McCain, including one that misleadingly accused Mr. Obama of endorsing sex education for kindergarten students, the Obama campaign is planning to sharpen attacks on Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin in an effort to counter Mr. McCain’s attempt to present himself as the candidate of change with his choice of Ms. Palin.
The new tone is to be presented in a speech by Mr. Obama in New Hampshire and in television interviews with local stations in five swing states, backed up by new advertisements and appearances across the country by supporters.
...“We’re sensitive to the fluid dynamics of the campaign, but we have a game plan and a strategy,” said Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe. “We’re familiar with this. And I’m sure between now and Nov. 4 there will be another period of hand-wringing and bed-wetting. It comes with the territory.”
"We're sensitive to the fluid dynamics of the campaign..."
"There will be another period of hand-wringing and bed-wetting..."
That's funny. I get what Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, is talking about, but his choice of words is hilarious.
Yes, Obama must respond to the fluid dynamics in this period of bed-wetting.
...In the midst of all this, Mr. Obama had a private lunch on Thursday with someone he battled with for much of the year but who knows how to put the Republicans on the defensive: former President Bill Clinton. Discussion topics, aides said, included how Mr. Obama might handle Ms. Palin in the days ahead.
During Barack and Bill's private lunch, Bill gave Barack advice on how he "might handle Ms. Palin."
I wonder what that conversation was like. The mind reels.
Will the voters respond to an angry Obama?
I don't think so. The campaign's savaging of Sarah Palin backfired. The attacks against John McCain weren't successful.
Take the embarrassingly biased for Obama lib media and add the goofy comments from Obama's Hollywood supporters and you get Obama the elitist.
The Obama Citizen of the World Tour was presumptuous. The Invesco Field extravaganza was a mistake. He's not connecting. He's out of touch. I don't see how a sharper tone will undo any of that damage.