I’d be willing to link to an Obama supporter’s vision of events, but the Obama campaign has carefully avoided forecasting what its objectives will be.
The presidency-as-performance-art is what has been sold, with a wide-eyed President Blink in the starring role, which is why we see the third close poll in three days: the IBD-TIPP poll, which put the gap at 3.7% with 12% undecided –following yesterday’s AP poll which pegged the race at 1 point, and the Battleground Poll of a day earlier which was also at 1 point. Most of the polls have Obama with double digit leads, but this trio of head-shakers underscore the enormous volatility in the electorate as well as the difficulty of the polling environment.
Karl Rove writes today about the various strategies open to John McCain and Sarah Palin, and his argument boils down to the three key arguments I discussed on air yesterday:
1. Obama’s judgment must be evaluated through the lens of his past decisions to associate closely with people like Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright and ACORN. If elected Obama will staff senior jobs in the U.S. government. These will not be your father’s Democrats, but hard-left activists from KosLand and the training fields of ACORN.
2. Obama’s plan to hike taxes across the board –including the death tax– while raising trade barriers is a recipe for taking a short and shallow recession and making it deep and long. Americans want their money back and their retirement accounts to grow again. That’s can’t be done unless the markets recover and the markets can’t thrive under huge tax burdens and declining international trade.
3. The country and the world will be an enormously more dangerous place under a President Obama, just as a fats car in the hands of a 15 year old driver is an enormously dangerous vehicle. Yesterday’s story in Haaretz confirmed Joe Biden’s warning from Sunday that the world is nearing an enormous crisis, one for which Obama is simply unprepared.
Mr. McCain should also use vivid imagery to highlight concerns about the freshman Illinois senator. There are plenty of warning signs about Mr. Obama we ignore at our peril. Mr. McCain needs to explain what they are.
America’s economy got into trouble when people didn’t heed warning signs.
The Washington Post assures us this morning that “the emphasis on Obama’s friendship with [convicted felon Tony] Rezko has had little impact on voters.” I haven’t seen any of the ads the Post says have been unleashed by the GOP on the Obama-Rezko relationship, but I know that McCain-Palin needs to keep hammering on Obama’s judgment, Obama’s tax hikes, and Obama’s naivete about the world’s worst actors. If IBD-TIPP, Ap and Battleground are right –and even if the big margin polls are right– there is plenty of time to close whatever gap exists in the key states.