Why aren’t Republicans angrier about McCain’s strategy?

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Vierdsen is absolutely flummoxed by the ineptitude that seems to be overtaking Sen. John McCain’s operation. Coming out of the Republican National Convention, he had a lead, was pulling good numbers among women and had essentially tied the Electoral College count. He had leads in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio and Nevada. He was challenging in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

And, it’s all gone to shit.

Sen. Barack Obama has benefited because he is the “other.” Like it or not, the electorate blames the party in power during an economic downturn. With his “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” remarks, McCain didn’t help himself any. He also didn’t help himself with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin.

In another election environment (say, 2004), Palin would have been fine. That was a base election. But, this is not a base election year. You can’t hit the same buttons and expect to win. Hence, former Gov. Mitt Romney, who was considered the heavy in the GOP primary on economic matters, would have been a much better choice.

So, instead of concentrating on the economy and hammering Obama on economic issues, McCain’s effectively ceding the ground and going on and on about these bullshit topics like Bill Ayers and ACORN and, don’t forget, Obama’s middle name. This is absolutely the dumbest political strategy Vierdsen’s seen in some time. Oh, sure, it works for the base. State GOP communications director Rob Godfrey has been Twittering so-called “facts” from the McCain talking points for the past couple days. Sure, people like him are going to love that shit.

The problem is, most people are voting their pocketbooks. That’s why, even as McCain and Palin have ratcheted up their attacks (apparently airing 100 percent negative ads), Obama keeps expanding his lead and is threatening to break 350 electoral votes.

While the base loves its red meat, it should be extremely pissed off that McCain is driving his campaign into the ground.

An analogy: John loves the running game. Put three guys in the backfield. Wishbone, flexbone, Maryland-I, single wing, whatever. But, if the other team is holding you to two yards per carry, you have to put it up, sling the ball down field.

McCain’s wishbone isn’t converting on third down. He needs to be going four-wide, five-wide, empty backfield. It’s simply shocking that there are so many Republicans that seem to be willing to punt after consecutive three-and-outs instead of making a change in the offensive strategy.


4 Responses to “Why aren’t Republicans angrier about McCain’s strategy?”

  1. October 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    The ACORN thing should be huge. That has alot to do with the economy. It looks like he’s trying to lose…


  2. 2 Bill
    October 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    We are not mad becase we have given up. Our leaders, in DC and Cola, have traded us for power and fame. We have been a bullshit party for years, not caring about the people of this country nor having the honor to fight for what is right.

    Our leaders spend their time in private jets, on TV and enjoying the glory of power. We the people are left to pay the bills and do the work.

    We deserve to lose. And if McCain were to become president…what the hell would that old bastard do for us? He and First Lady Lindsay Graham will continue the Bush screw job…

  3. 3 lancastermommy
    October 16, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Even with mistakes and mis-steps, the Republicans are the best thing going. True conservative Republicans with core values realize this. I think McCain has tried to remain above board with the whole race issue. If he tells the truth, the the left liberals yell, “discrimination”.

    I vote my conscience and have no problem voting for McCain. That’s not to say that I agree with everything he does/says, but he more closely represents my opinions than a socialist who only spews inexperienced and often completely idealistic views. Nothing wrong w/ having ideas, but Obama has no substance or how to get to the results he wants us to believe he can magically create.

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