Wednesday, March 5, 2008

McCain must be wondering why a liberal is using his campaign

Isn’t it ironic that the issues of experience and terrorism are now working for Hillary Clinton? Or that Clinton is now viewed as the candidate that takes a strong stand on issues and has specific plans if elected? Clinton is even claiming the media favors Barack Obama. Whoever thought we’d see the day that a Clinton could claim media bias and actually have a valid case?

All of this is bad news if you’re John McCain.

McCain probably was planning on using the exact same campaign against Obama in the general election that Clinton is using right now to badger the Illinois senator in the primaries. Clinton’s 3 a.m. phone call ad could’ve easily been designed by a republican operative. Obama’s lack of experience and weakness on terrorism were probably set to be two of McCain’s main talking points. Cries of media bias would’ve helped McCain shore up even more of the republican base that so despises his sometimes liberal ways.

Instead, Clinton became so desperate to stop Obama’s momentum that she made these her issues. And it’s working.

Let’s assume Clinton wins the nomination. A good chunk of people now might actually associate her with being strong on terrorism and having experience. Any objective observer knows this to be untrue, but that’s beside the point. By using McCain’s own campaign strategy against him (out of necessity, not out of brilliant strategic thinking), she already has a leg up on McCain. It’s going to take McCain longer to debunk the myth that Clinton has the necessary experience and the stomach to fight terrorism than it would have had Clinton cruised to the nomination. Maybe he won’t be able to debunk the myth at all.

Two weeks ago, Republicans were praying that the Democrats would nominate Clinton. Now they’ve probably changed their minds; all because Clinton is suddenly experienced, with the will to fight terrorism despite being constantly harassed by the bias media.

Mrs. Clinton, John McCain wants his campaign back.

3 comments:

Simon said...

You are beg the question with your statement "A good chunk of people now might actually associate her with being strong on terrorism and having experience. Any objective observer knows this to be untrue, but that’s beside the point."

And given the media's wild shift rightward, is it any surprise that the right's constant 'blame the liberal media' tripe is being picked up by Democrats?

AC said...

If you consider John McCain a shift to the right, then I see your point. However, once the general election starts, and the media realizes McCain might actually win the thing, that shift right will cease.

And you're 100 percent right. Hillary should be playing the blame the media card. It would be stupid not to. I just find it ironic that Hillary seems to using Republican talking points to grab the Democratic nomination. What happened to universal health care? The global warming crisis? Bringing the troops home? It's going to be interesting to see how Hillary carries over this sudden shift in image and tries to balance it out with the left's core beliefs in the general election (assuming she's the nominee, of course).

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