10.17.08 I’m Voting Obama & Other Random Thoughts
The McCain campaign has mirrored the Hillary Clinton campaign in one key aspect: once the race was (as good as) lost, both of them devoted almost all their effort to trying to destroy Obama. There are a couple of key differences, though:
· Once he put Palin on the ticket, McCain was unable to replicate HRC’s infamous “3 AM” ad, having taken experience off the table for the fall campaign.
· Clinton’s attacks on Obama worked and McCain’s haven’t. The primary reason for the difference is that McCain was unable to turn the topic to “what’s wrong with Obama” once the economy and his own fitness for the job became Topics 1 and 2. Clinton, on the other hand, made the end of primary season 100% about Obama’s (un)fitness for the job. If she hadn’t aleady nearly drowned in her own hubris, she would have won.
The McCain campaign has mirrored the overall Republican performance over the past eight years: philosophical evil combined with utter incompetence. I had a feeling last spring that McCain would not wear well as a candidate. But I had no idea just how awful his campaign would be.
I’m going to vote for Barack Obama. Big surprise, eh? Well, those of you with long memories will recall my declaration in July that Obama’s lack of principle and hard tack to the center would lead me to cast a protest vote in here in the safe state of Maryland.
I remain less than enthusiastic about Obama in many ways; however, I now believe that the total margin of his popular vote victory nationwide is important. As Markos Moulitsas, the editor of Daily Kos puts it, it’s time to annihilate and completely demoralize the GOP, sending them to the wilderness for as long as possible. Whatever I lack in enthusiasm for Centrist Obama, Kos’s clarion call more than makes up for!
©2008 Keith Berner