Skip to comments.Democrats anxious for Obama to widen lead
Posted on 08/02/2008 12:59:58 PM PDT by edzo4
With just one month to go before Labour Day many Democrats fear that time is running out for Mr Obama to overcome the suspicions of this key swing vote.
We have got to move away from these beautifully choreographed speeches which appeal to groups of voters who are unassailably in the Obama camp already, said a non-staff adviser to Mr Obama. What plays well with the educated liberal voter sometimes grates with the blue-collar folk, whom we need on our side if we are going to win.
At this stage in the 1988 presidential race, Michael Dukakis, the Democratic candidate, had a 17 percentage point lead over George H.W. Bush, who went on to win the election. John Kerry emerged from the 2004 Democratic convention with a strong lead over George W. Bush only to lose the election as well.
That only reinforces disquiet about Mr Obamas inability so far to take a decisive lead. Even on his worst day, Bill Clinton was able to signal that he understood voters concerns and that he felt their pain, said Douglas Schoen, a Democratic consultant. Obama has no trouble with the campaign stagecraft. But this isnt Harvard, its the beer hall. He has to talk in language that people understand.
Conventional wisdom also suggests Mr McCains campaign overstepped the mark by moving on to direct negative attacks on Mr Obamas character. But Mr Obama has also kept up a stream of material for them to exploit. At a meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday, he said he represented the worlds hopes for America. This is the moment the world is waiting for, he said when asked about his overseas trip. I have become a symbol of restoring America to its best traditions.
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Obama scares all but his fellow travelers.
Well, they put up with Bill Clinton, and they didn’t like his politics. Apparently, they can get used to things.
The more they get to know the OBOMINATION, the more frightened they are of him and it has NOTHING to do with RACE.
McPain - point out an ad on that!
It's not his “funny name”, or his “race” that scares the hell out of people. It's his POLICIES that leave people petrified.
barack mcgovern will bring down a surprising number of rats. Watch it happen.
Another elitist statement coming out of the Obama camp.
When I sit back, take a few moments, and really think about it, I just can’t see the American voter putting this guy in the WH. The only way Obama is going to win is if he continues veering towards the center and snookers enough of the sheeple that he really isn’t a hard-core radical Marxist.
That’s why Rush, Hannity and all the rest have to keep hammering away and keep reminding everyone that, in fact, he is a far-left, radical.
Which only goes to show that Dems need to see a huge "fluff factor" in their polling numbers due to the fact that they already know most of the inflated numbers are in fact, just 'fluff'
This is the moment the world is waiting for, he said when asked about his overseas trip. I have become a symbol of restoring America to its best traditions.
All caught up in his own flower and pomp, Obama is exactly what he describes himself as: A Symbol ... nothing more, nothing less
Also no matter what liberals claim - they are RACISTS at heart. A white liberal will hesitate to vote for the Obomination. I believe “fabricated “white guilt” will stop when it comes time to chose. He can’t win on just the black vote.
excuse me, but the blue collar folks are the ones that 'THE MESSIAH' said were clinging to their GUNS and Bibles.
Isn't educated Liberal an oxymoron? if you are really EDUCATED -- you wouldn't be a LIBERAL!!!
Democrats are always putting the cart before the horse. You actually need to have a lead before you can widen it.
You should read the article in the WSJ on July 30, called Barack Obama, Shaman, by Michael Knox Beran. It’s the most thoughtful article on Obama’s candidacy that I have read.
Or put more bluntly, we need to have Obama lie sometimes so we can trick the blue-collar democrats into voting for him.
“Educated liberal voter”, eh?
Reminds me of the joke:
Q: What do you get when you send an idiot to college?
A: A college educated idiot.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
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RE: What plays well with the educated liberal voter sometimes grates with the blue-collar folk, whom we need on our side if we are going to win.
“Another elitist statement coming out of the Obama camp.”
ABSOLUTELY! My exact thoughts as I read it. So now I guess we’ll see BO touring some middle-America county fairs, judging pie-eating contests and the like. Will he shoot at clay pigeons with “the folks?” Wouldn’t that be fun to watch?
He's already done that by dissing us po' white trash for clinging to our guns and religion.
In other words, the idiots.
You should read the article in the WSJ on July 30, called Barack Obama, Shaman, by Michael Knox Beran. Its the most thoughtful article on Obamas candidacy that I have read.
Here’s the link:
Eva, great article!
Can these people EVER open their mouths without arrogance dripping from every statement?
I concur. Polls for the last thirty years have tended to overstate the Democrat candidate’s actual standing. In all probability, Dukakis never really had a 17 point lead. At best, he probably led by 8-9 points. Usually by the time of an election, poll numbers are adjusted back to reality.
“...But this isnt Harvard, its the beer hall. He has to talk in language that people understand.
He’s already done that by dissing us po’ white trash for clinging to our guns and religion...”
You sound like a typical white person!
“...Dukakis never really had a 17 point lead. At best, he probably led by 8-9 points....”
....and he LOST! There is gonna be a huge degree of buyers remorse come October.
My gut tells me Hillary is working the in background to see to it he doesn’t win. Then in 2012 she can say, “See, I told you so. He was not electable”. She’d be sure to get the nod as the dem candidate then.
Well, you’re half right. I like to think I’m not THAT typical.
“...Well, youre half right. I like to think Im not THAT typical...”
Ha! Yeah, you are unique, just like everybody else.
LOL....have a good day.
We also find that tendency in nature. They call them Lemmings. And they gladly follow each other over a cliff to their death without a second thought.
Obamba is more like “the wiener the world awaited”
Beer hall unedumacated could dig that.
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