Daily Archives: September 12, 2008

Is This The Real John McCain?

Follow this link to the story about a “Whistleblower breaks 15-year silence to allege McCain hid wife’s drug abuse”.

Don’t blame me if this story turns out to be a hoax.  At least that is what John McCain would have us believe.

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Remember, “I am fair and balanced.  I report, you decide”.  Now let me see … where have I heard that before?

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Could the Obama Campaign Be Improved?

Follow this link to the brilliant article from George Lakoff explaining why McCain is winning and Obama is losing this phase of the campaign. After you read this, you will know exactly what has to be done.  One can only hope that the Obama team reads it and wakes up.

In this article he puts some real meat onto his theories of Framing.  He discusses how brilliantly Obama ran his campaign to win the nomination.  He discusses how he seems to have lost his way.

I thought of another example that Lakoff does not mention.  If you watched the 2004 Democratic Convention, they did a devastating job of attacking George Bush.  I believe that Bush went way down in the polls after the convention.

After that great performance, Kerry decided that he would stop attacking Bush and start being cool and statesmanlike. Things turned around pretty quickly when Kerry turned off the heat.  Instead, he should have turned up the heat on the successful strategy that had gotten him to where he was.

Obama’s Ads on 09/12/2008

Follow this link for the ad titled Still.  This is the one where McCain admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer.

Follow this link for the ad titled Real Change. Here Obama defines what he means by real change.

These are supposed to be examples of the new hard hitting ads that really take it to John McCain. Now I am really nervous about the Obama campaign. Does he really get it?

Follow this link to a pretty devastating analysis of the Obama campaign’s weak response. At some point it may be time to panic.  Are we there yet?

Follow this link to the interesting discussion that I started on the Obama site about the effectiveness of these ads.

Follow this link to the George Lakoff article mentioned in one of the responses in the above conversation. In the Lakoff article, he gives some excellent examples of how Obama should get away from McCain’s frame and onto the Obama frame.

If Obama must remain cerebral, how about an ad where Obama tells you that his ads are trying to get you to think and McCains ads are trying to get you to react?  Look where pure reaction has gotten us in the last 8 years or any time a Republican has been president in the last 28 years?

How about an ad where McCain is poking at a sleeping bear (Russia) and is totally surprised when it rears up and attacks him?  Maybe Sarah Palin poking at a moose would do it.