Man, I am depressed this morning. Last week when I saw Obama pulling ahead in the polls, instead of being happy, I got this strange sense of dread. I just knew that the Republican machine would not go down without a fight. I told Ty (my wife) to get ready for some serious negative campaignin. I actually kind of preferred it when the polls were close because McCain's campaign did not feel backed into a corner. My sense was that if/when Obama started to pull ahead, we'd see the tone of this campaign change swiftly and decisively into territory both McCain and Obama promised us they would not go into. Over the weekend, the McCain camp did step up the negative rhetoric.
The wild thing is the McCain campaign has announced they are stepping up the attacks. I'm not sure I understand the strategic thinking behind that. But, we have a direct quote from Sarah Palin saying they are taking off the gloves. And we have this: "We're going to get a little tougher," a senior Republican operative said, requesting anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss strategy. "We've got to question this guy's associations. Very soon. There's no question that we have to change the subject here." McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers told CNN, "We are coming up on 30 days until the election, and there are a lot of unanswered questions about Sen. Obama's judgment.
"The Obama campaign has been calling Sen. McCain a liar and distorting his record on immigration, stem cells, health care. We're going to fight back," he said.
Obama has been being advised not to allow himself to be Swift Boated. He has been warned time and time again to not make the mistakes Michael Dukakis and John Kerrry made. I just started reading "The Audacity of Hope" this weekend and I can tell just from the prologue and the first chapter, he does have a good handle on politics and an amazing understanding of political history. He will not make the same mistakes Dukakis and Kerry made (he'll make other mistakes I'm sure).
This morning, I got an email from Obama's campaign manager. Unfortunately, Obama is releasing a 13 minute video informing the American public about the Keating 5. I assume is in response to Sarah's Palin's announcement that "It's time to take the gloves off." and her accusation that Obama is "palling around with terrorists".
Sorry folks. It's been a pretty smooth flight so far. But, from here to the landing, it's going to get choppy. I think we're about to see a "surge" from McCain's side because they feel they are losing this war. Obama is not going to sit idly by while the Rovian tactics play out. This is one time I hate being right.
p.s.- in case you are distracted by the "connection" between Obama and Ayers, below is a link to an article that describes it pretty well. Several other publications, including Time magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New Yorker and The National Review, have debunked the idea that Obama and Ayers had a close relationship. FactCheck Here is another. It's even better, from NPR with an audio interview with a Chicago Republican that debunks the myth. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95442902