McCain has pulled out of Michigan. McCain/Palin is doubling back to campaign in perennial red states like Nebraska. McCain/Palin have lost serious ground in the polls in all 50 states. And finally, McCain/Palin have nothing left but character attacks on Barack Obama.
If all of this doesn’t look like a political campaign that has already lost, what does?
Across the Republican landscape, and that includes right wing talk radio, Obama is being skewered with lies and half truths relating to his background. Republicans are dredging up old topics that have already been addressed like Reverend Wright and William Ayers. Most people know about the Reverend because he was covered by every news organization out there. The William Ayers thing is a bit more obscure so the Republicans think they can get away with slanderous statements because they think the voters will listen to them enough to question whether or not it is true.
Well, to set the record straight, Obama was on the board of a school committee. Mr. Ayers happened to be on that same committee. Ayers ended up donating to Obama’s Illinois State Campaign. That’s it. That’s all there is. Obama and Ayers were not friends, or buddies. They didn’t hang around together, go to dinner, have play dates, etc. Their relationship is the equivalent of being in the same homeroom in high school. Yes, you are somewhat in the same area at the same time. Yes, you may be involved in some activities together for whatever reason. But you are not scampering around together, at night, dressed all in black with black wool caps, plotting to blow up buildings together.
But McPalin would have you think differently saying that Obama was an associate of Ayers. There’s vague word: “associate”. What the hell does that even mean?
I can only hope that Obama, Biden, their supporters, and those on the fence but leaning their way can hold out long enough to keep things in perspective. Question everything you hear. A desperate campaign will do desperate things. You will begin to hear to truly terrible things about Barack Obama and Joe Biden. But don’t fall for it. They did the same thing to John Kerry in 2004. Can you say “Swift Boat”? It is now a verb.
McCain’s run for the presidency is over. And those that think Sarah Palin is perfectly set up for 2012, think again. What people will remember about her is how negative she was against the other side, how she turned into an attack dog in the final days of the campaign, and the Katie Couric interviews that will haunt her forever. Let’s face it, simply not screwing up too badly in the VP debate isn’t enough to make you a star in politics. And McCain will be close to 80 years old by then. Their best bet is to pick a Republican Moderate next time around. America is sick of extremist anything, including our own political parties.