By Allan Erickson | Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 11:55 am
Here’s an excerpt from an email sent to Obama supporters at 1:39 AM this morning written by David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America:
“I saw John McCain’s attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign. But worst of all — and this deserves to be noted — they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.”
(Losing sleep David?)
What?! They lied? They attack ordinary people? (By the way, how do you insult an idea?) They denied ordinary people have a role in our poltical process?!
Yup. Can’t you hear dem boots a marchin’, coming to silence all the ordinary folks…
Actually David, average people found their voice last night.
They found a champion in an average person who has accomplished extraordinary things, without goverment subsidies, without left-wing foundations, without political machines and without entrenched interests — Sarah Palin, a small town American with a big heart and a
record of real accomplishments perfectly complimenting those of John McCain.
This is the real change ticket, the authentic reform agenda: McCain/Palin.
David, if you are trying to refashion the debate, trying to deny the wild popularity of McCain/Palin, you might as well try making water run up hill. Your gun is out of bullets David. Hope fades. You are losing the Change argument, you are failing to tie McCain to Bush, the inexperience argument launched in your direction got renewed traction last night, and on the issues, well, you have a big problem there too.
The economy. You mean the economy that slowed substantially because of liberal government policies in the lending markets, liberal energy policies denying us development of domestic sources for 30 years, and liberal policies causing a 40% increase in spending along with tax increases?
Let’s not forget to talk about the war on terrorism and our defeat in Iraq, you know, the war for oil.
Conservatives and average Americans have been villified by the Left for decades. Finally, as one conventioneer rightly said, we have stopped bringing knives to a gun fight.
David, you guys perfected the politics of personal destruction, and now you are getting an aggressive, effective, good humor response. Don’t whine when you lose the debate. Don’t sneer and resort to losing tactics — demonizing the opposition, crying foul, calling people liars, ridiculing our countrymen.
Encouraging rage in your constituency is a poor substitute for genuine inspiration, the province of the Republicans.
You Dems never learn.
If you’re going to hammer the opposition, do it with a smile and a laugh, do it with humor and class and good will. People love that. They will gravitate to you.
But when you hammer your opposition with a grimace, and a sneer, with arrogant personal attacks, displaying your contempt and hatred, it pushes voters away.
You’ll deny it, but you guys savaged Palin for five days.
Last night, she nailed you and your pals in the media, and she did it with such rhetorical flourish, you’ve come unglued. We get it: it is traumatic getting hit by a train just when you thought you had this thing in the bag.
We must have been watching different events on TV last night David. You saw negative attack squads and cyncial, lying politicians.
I saw a bunch of ordinary Americans celebrating traditional American values. I saw the beginning of a conservative renaissance in this country. I saw a huge crowd of very positive, enthusiastic and hopeful people engaging in debate with razor sharp wit and good humor, people avoiding personal attacks (unlike others we know), giving credit where due, but in good offensive terms, playing by the rules and fighting in a time and place, “of their own choosing.” I saw an intelligent and tremendously effective counter-assault, and the vast majority of people agree.
Sarah was brilliant: charming, intelligent, tough, yet feminine. I didn’t expect her to raise the dead but she sure as hell gave sight to the blind. From now on, Obama will have trouble gathering a few loaves and fishes. She was clear, authentic, enthusiastic and articulate on topics ranging from domestic and energy policy, to foreign policy and the economy and taxation. Most importantly, she connects with people and inspires them a la Reagan. She did a wonderful job contrasting McCain and Obama as well.
One of her best upper cuts came when she said:
“The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of ‘personal discovery.’ This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer.”
You know full well she not only energizes evangelicals, she persuaded a ton of women and independent voters last night. When evangelicals get off their butts and actually vote, Republicans win, every time, and now, joined by substantial numbers of Hillary
supporters and independents, you can understand why we see a raging wild fire of despair in bleeding hearts across the land.
Rudy simply destroyed Obama on the experience and judgment issues, not to mention national security and foreign policy. Rudy pointed out Obama has
“never run a city. He’s never run a state. He’s never run a business. He’s never run a military unit. He’s never had to lead people in crisis. He is the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years. Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing, nada. Nada, nothing.”
Huckabee was gracious, both in lauding the McCain/Palin ticket, highlighting their qualifications, and in politely asserting Obama is not up to the task.
Mitt nailed it on the economy, and Linda delivered rousing endorsements, another executive class act, another uppity woman who dares contradict Leftist definitions of womanhood.
Mitt, Mike, Linda, Rudy and Sarah enjoyed a rollicking time last night, and if the reviews are accurate, Republicans have taken the field and will likely hold it. All the speakers elevated McCain in serious and distinctive and credible ways.
If you think the majority of Americans perceived last night’s events according to your vision, I think your state of denial has now morphed into delusion, a very flimsy foundation from which to build a new campaign strategy, because without one, you are burned toast baby.
McCain is a true American hero with a real record of service and reform. He possesses outstanding, incomparable credentials to be President. There is absolutely no question about this. The questions about Obama’s readiness are many, legitimate and relevant. It is not negative, cynical or dishonest to raise these questions.
Palin radiates executive confidence. Biden seems like your grumpy old uncle, somebody to avoid because you know if he corners you, he’ll talk your ear off, with a vengeance.
Protest if you will, but there is no comparison between community organizing and serving as governor, no comparison between self-promotion and selfless servanthood, no comparison between a hero and a orator with good intentions, none, nada, zero.
No wonder you are losing sleep.
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