Saturday, October 4, 2008

Public Service Announcements...

A couple of reports out this morning that the Republicans are getting ready to hit Obama hard on the 'character' issue...

I'm reminded of this quote from Pat Buchanan on MSNBC in May, he said " I do agree with this: they have to take down Barack Obama. Eighty one percent of the country thinks we are on the wrong course. They have to make the change agent unacceptable. That‘s why these Swift Boat ads, by the end of this election, will look like public service announcements. "

A good piece in the NYTimes this morning about Obama's relationship with Ayers... in my mind it's an absurd connection to try and make, as Obama has pointed out, he was 8 years old when Ayers was with the Weathermen... and when Obama met and served on a foundation board with Ayers he was a respected college professor. Not to suggest that the ad's won't work, in fact they probably will. Ayer's and Rev. Wright have opinion's and worldviews that swing voters don't come into contact with very often... which in itself means there's a good chance the politics of fear will win out with a number of people.

It would be refreshing, and probably politically ill advised, if Obama tackled the 'character' issue straight on. I'd love for him to spend a couple of campaign stops reminding people that he is the Horation Alger story in this race... he did exactly what he was 'told' to do - he worked hard, pulled him self up by his boot straps, played by their rules, and became 'successful'. Yet, now the Republican's suggest it's his character we should fear. As the email I received last week suggested, perhaps they would prefer it if he had cheated on then divorced his wife and made his fortune from wife number two? Or if he hadn't been smart enough, or worked hard enough, to excel at Harvard and instead had gotten in school because of his family connections and then finished near the bottom of his class? Or perhaps if his daughter became pregnant out of wedlock... maybe that would make those concerned with his morals and character feel better?

A really good radio spot for Obama, done by the great Ralph Stanley... Obama should play this spot all across rural America...



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