Fall­ing into a trap

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

A Sept. 8 Gallup poll had John McCain ahead of Barack Obama “by an as­ton­ish­ing 10 points among likely vot­ers,” Kirsten Pow­ers writes in the New York Post.

“A Wash­ing­ton Post poll had that lead at only two points, but clearly showed a McCain surge — es­pe­cially among women. This wasn’t what Democrats were ex­pect­ing when they left Den­ver — yet they have no­body to blame but them­selves,” the colum­nist said.

“Obama’s tough­est chal­lenge has al­ways been to con­nect with work­ing-class swing vot­ers. So at­tack­ing the poster child for small-town val­ues, Sarah Palin, was a bad strat­egy.

“No, Obama didn’t en­gage in the mass sneer­ing at Palin — but he did fall into the trap of dis­re­spect­ing her. When McCain chose her, the Obama cam­paign’s first re­sponse was to ridicule the size of her town. Then the can­di­date him­self be­gan re­fer­ring to her as a ‘for­mer mayor’ when she is in fact a sit­ting gov­er­nor.

“When she re­tal­i­ated (jus­ti­fi­ably) by mock­ing his stint as a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer, the Obama camp was clearly rat­tled. Obama him­self ac­tu­ally be­gan ar­gu­ing about the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ing. His sup­port­ers am­pli­fied this cry — claim­ing Palin’s at­tack was a racist slur and pass­ing around e-mails ti­tled ‘Je­sus was a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer; Pon­tius Pi­late was a gov­er­nor.’

“Mean­while, the rest of the coun­try was prob­a­bly won­der­ing what be­ing a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer has to do with be­ing pres­i­dent.”

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