The “Change” Battle Continues

We are continuing to see both campaigns battling over which one is going to bring real change to Washington.  Over the past two weeks McCain has been winning this battle.  First, his pick of Sarah Palin only solidified his “maverick” reputation.  Second, the convention’s central theme was that McCain/Palin would bring reform and they effectively argued they would do so by reminding those who watched of their records as reformers.  Third, the past two ads from the McCain campaign have centered on this battle.  The first, which I posted a few days ago, labeled Obama as just another liberal.  It claims Obama is not a “change” candidate at all.  And just yesterday, the McCain campaign released this ad:

Here we see, just as we did at the convention, a reminder of the past successes both McCain and Palin have had in bringing reform.  The McCain campaign is arguing their case well.  When there is a record to stand on, it is much easier to make the argument.

Obama, of course, has not been silent. Read More…


McCain Gets His Bounce…But For How Long?

Well its the Monday after the Republican National Convention.  And the polls look very different than they did before the convention:

Rassmussen: McCain +1

USA Today: McCain +10

Gallup: McCain +5

Zogby: McCain +4

This should not be surprising because the Republicans, as always, gave a great convention.  Read More…

Obama’s Current Plan of Attack Won’t Work – Tilly

In my last post I gave three reasons why Palin makes a great VP pick.  The last I gave, that Palin strengthens the McCain campaign’s message of reform, might well be her strongest asset to the ticket.  That combined with McCain’s independent reputation defines the ticket as one that will bring change.  Before Palin was named as the running-mate, Obama had been desperately trying to define a John McCain presidency as “four more years of Bush”.  While this was already a hard message to sale because McCain has over 20 years of being a Senator who refused to toe the Republican party line, with his pick of Palin, this attempt by Obama becomes impossible.

Obama’s first ad after the announcement of Palin is more of the same attacks.  It paints McCain as a Bush follower.  What is the most bizarre thing about the ad is the it shows pictures of McCain picking this Washington outsider known for getting rid of corruption in her state and then saying McCain is more of the same.  While the narrator in the ad certainly attempts to make the point that McCain is like Bush, the pictures do not.  The very first clip you see is that of McCain with Palin!!!  Mr. Obama, dont you know people dont see Palin as more of the same??

McCain and Palin are taking further steps this week to show they will be a different administration than the Bush administration.  They have traveled to Mississippi in the wake of the coming hurricane.  McCain also cancelled all but “essential opening day activities” at the Republican Convention.  Gustav reminds the American public of Bush’s failings with Katrina.  This hurricane, which many may believe hurts the Republicans, will actually help them.  McCain/Palin are showing the American people a response unlike Bush’s.  This strengthens the idea that McCain is different than Bush. Read More…