Falling into a trap
“The brilliance of the McCain strategy and messaging is that it includes a trap for Obama,” Democratic political consultant Joe Trippi writes at JoeTrippi.com.
“To push back on the McCain claim of ‘country first’ and ‘the original mavericks who will shake up Washington’ the Obama campaign’s attack of ‘four more years of George Bush’ becomes a problem. In a country that yearns for post-partisan change, the Obama campaign risks sounding too partisan and like more of the same,” Mr. Trippi said.
“It would not surprise me if in one of the debates, Obama or Biden uses the ‘You voted with George Bush and supported him 93 percent of the time’ and it’s John McCain that retorts ‘that’s the kind of partisan attack the American people are sick of.’
“What worked for Obama is now working for McCain. The important lesson for the Obama campaign is that the Clinton campaign kept looking at its research, kept stressing experience and did not adjust until it was too late. The McCain campaign has not only adjusted to the Obama message, they have changed the terrain.
“Now the Obama campaign and its allies need to understand that in arguing that John McCain represents a third term of George Bush and the GOP agenda, it is the Obama campaign that risks sounding partisan in a country that yearns for the post-partisanship of ‘country first’ and ‘shaking things up in Washington.’ ”