Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McCain's Strategery

A few days ago, the McCain campaign acknowledged that as far is it was concerned, the 2008 presidential election wasn't about issues; it's about personality.  Yesterday and today, we've seen how this philosophy will guide their campaign:  any time Obama or Biden attempt to engage on the issues, the Rove-advised McCain campaign will assert that they've attacked McCain or (more likely) Palin personally.

Yesterday, Obama repeated an old phrase he's often used in declaring the McCain, who's been in Washington for decades, can't seriously be considered a change candidate, saying "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."  McCain's campaign accused Obama of calling Palin a pig.  What?

At nearly the same time, Biden pointed out a potential inconsistency in Palin policy positions.  While she's promised to be an advocate for children with special needs, she opposes stem cell research.  Biden argued that one cannot be seriously committed to both positions.  While Biden's position is certainly subject to attack on its merits, the McCain campaign didn't do that; instead, it accused Biden of personally attacking Palin's family.

Obama has responded to the "phony controversy."  In part, he says:
I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics. Enough is enough.

His full response, below, is well worth a couple minutes of your time.

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