Friday, August 29, 2008
...and How He Can Win in November
A few days back, I read a six-part series on the primary battle written and well-researched by Roger Simon at politico.com.
Relentless tells how Obama and his team won, how they thought outside of the box, and provides a pretty harsh look at why Clinton lost. While there is no point in beating a dead horse, the series is a good read, especially for political wonks, which is why I am posting a link to it here.
The article lays out how Obama and his team are well prepared, have contingency plans, and are disciplined. It discusses the strategies and smart-thinking that gave Obama the primary win, which gives me hope and confidence that this guy can take the general.
-When the pundits and professionals told Obama to wait his turn, his team talked him into running.
-When the usual team of campaign insiders were trying their best to pick a winner and jumped on the Clinton bandwagon, others resisted and saw something different in Obama.
-When Clinton was raising an "insurmountable" amount of cash from the Clinton high-dollar donor list, Obama went to small-dollar donors, shunned political action committees, and blew away Clinton's' fundraising.
-When Clinton campaigned in big primary states, Obama and his team campaigned in nearly all states, including caucuses ignored by Clinton.
-When people said there weren't enough Democratic primary voters, who could give him the nomination, Obama went after voters that everyone said would not show up to the polls.
-When the McCain campaign started calling Obama a celebrity, and the party insiders told Obama to go with a smaller convention venue, he and his team did not shrink or get defensive like previous Democratic candidates would have. Instead, they basically gave McCain the bird and held the thing in the largest venue they could get. (Which they probably could have been filled twice.)
photo: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times
-When media hacks told Obama to not even mention McCain in his convention speech, he instead hammered the guy.
-At the beginning of last night's speech I thought he was probably going too negative and maybe his speech was not as high-minded and lofty as convention speeches should be done. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but my analysis was wrong. The media coverage has been spot on to his message and he has walked away from last night looking tougher than any Democratic Presidential candidate in the last 40 years.
These people seem to know what they are doing and have the guts to fight. Every time the pundits say think they are doing something stupid, it turns out it is a calculated, smart move.
This guy may just pull it off.