This Week With 'The Presumptive Democratic Nominee' Barack Obama, July 28-August 2, 2008

obama in cedar rapids, ia


barack's speech in springfield, missouri


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Kathy Hilton Calls McCain's Celebrity Ad Frivolous, A Waste Of Money, A Waste Of Time
Obama Central: Peace, Harmony and Deep Secrecy
Obama, McCain to meet in September — but probably not sooner
Thousands of demonstrators expected at GOP convention
Hollywood floods Dems' red carpet
For Obama, Hurdles in Expanding Black Vote
Delicate Obama Path on Class and Race Preferences
Clinton touts her support for Obama
Running While Black

women for obama, luncheon, chicago, il


McCain and His Negativity Vibe Continues

McCain gained relevancy this week by letting his campaign become hijacked by former Bush/Rove operatives.

"The motor behind his operation now is Steve Schmidt, the shaven-headed strategist who earned his bones running Karl Rove's war room in 2004, Frenchifying and de-war-heroizing John Kerry. What Schmidt and his associates have apparently concluded is that McCain's weaknesses -- on the election's most salient issues and as a candidate -- are so pronounced and Obama's vulnerabilities so glaring that the low road is their guy's best, and maybe only, route to the White House. They've concluded, in other words, that even if McCain may not be able to win the election in any affirmative sense, he might still wind up behind the big desk if he and his people can strip the bark off Obama with sufficiently vicious force."

Yep, that sums it up.

McCain gained relevancy this week by running negative television and web ads, mostly mocking and attacking Barack Obama.

But what about John McCain? What about the maverick? What does he stand for? What does he not stand for?

That is the question. It is up to the Obama Campaign to not get in the mud with McCain, but go after him, hard and heavy with fact. And if you ask, icebergslim, every opening should be:

If McCain is such a "maverick", why has he voted over 95% with George W. Bush?

In each ad, define EXACTLY how McCain voted with George W. Bush.

As I expressed to my online comrades:

we don't have to go dirty, just be civil and hard hitting with dirty facts, that's all.


Obama in Rolla, Missouri; Meet the Press, August 3, 2008; Obama in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Obama in St. Petersburg, Florida; Obama meeting with Economic Advisors in Washington, D.C.; A Message from Maya; A Conversation: How Race Influences Two Voters; Candidates Take Turns At Urban League Podium; Obama Return, McCain Ads Cap Week In Campaign; The Digital Divide Between McCain And Obama; Obama's Technology Outlook; McCain's Technology Outlook; Week In Review: Race In The Race; Barack Obama: We Can't Afford the Bush-McCain Economy; Obama in Titusville, Florida; John Bush McCain's Worst Nightmare: Barack Obama Fights Back

Campaigns spar over drilling as leadership issue
Gergen: McCain Using Code Words To Attack Obama As "Uppity"
Both US presidential candidates rip Bush on record deficit as economy returns to forefront
Obama links McCain to 'reckless' GOP economics
Obama, Bernanke discuss U.S. economic risks
McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in G.O.P.

obama in springfield, missouri

Shoutouts, Stuff You Should Read

One of the saddest parts about Mccain's new sleaze strategy by John Aravosis; How Shitty Was McCain? by Andrew Sullivan; Mel Martinez: Race Card Not Played by Marc Ambinder; Which candidate ran an ad calling himself "the president"? by daveweigel; Gotcha! Gallup Commits "Polling Malpractice" Startling New Info/Controversy on Poll by Excelscior1; Obama in MO: SLAPS McCain on Economy (Finally) by dansac; John McCain: Liar by Todd Beeton; McCain's LIES about his (rather dismal) Civil Rights Record by Muzikal203; Sole Black Reporter Booted from McCain Event by thinkbridge; I just got back from the Obama town hall in St. Petersburg by smash artist; Some thoughts on the race card by zenbowl; Women in the military more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq. by LaKathie; The Great White Hope by billmon; The DNC/Obama $20 million Latino effort by kos; Andrea Mitchell: McCain's Ad Is "Literally Untrue" by BarbinMD; ExxonMobil is our faithful servant by Jerome a Paris; We Are The War Room We Have Been Waiting For by Al G for The Field

Obama up, McCain on low road
GOP's celeb-Obama message gains traction
McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch
Obama Tries to Show Missouri Concern for Small-Town Issues
Obama Asks McCain About Paris/Britney Ad: "Is That Really the Best You Can Come Up With?"
The big, bellwether battlefield
Michelle Obama on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List

obama with senator claire mccaskill, union, missouri


Obama pushes for full Fla., Mich. convention votes
Obama aids American in Mideast custody battle
Obama, McCain to visit Michigan next week
Obama risks voter ire by opposing new oil drilling
Obama to McCain: Your "Juvenile" Tactics Are Fattening Our Campaign Coffers
Obama proposes $1,000 energy rebates for consumers
Clinton reportedly choice as keynote speaker
McCaskill: Obama Didn't Play Race Card

Photo Diaries

Cafferty: McSame is a Jealous Pri*k -- (Plus Amazing Photos and Tasty Snacks) by Al Rodgers; Wanna See Something Way Cool? Click Thru by farmbo; Obama, Yes to 3 Debates...Florida Pictures... by icebergslim; Obama Missouri Pictures by icebergslim; Obama Democratic Caucus Meeting in Washington, DC Pictures by icebergslim; Obama's Economic Meeting Pictures by icebergslim

icebergslim’s last word: organize

While the McCain Campaign is attempting to remain relevant in its negativity, let’s not lose focus on organizing in all 50 States.

The best thing that came of the primary battle was Obama’s chance to visit all the mainland states. He was able to organize on the ground and get things moving.

There is much mumble in the McCain Camp of the Obama advantage in doing so. While Obama has boots on the ground now, organizing, voter registration, canvassing, offices opened everywhere; McCain, not so much.

McCain so far is running a more traditional campaign, targeting perennial tossup states such as Florida and Ohio, sending smaller staffs to those states than Obama, but spending more on television ads. His campaign manager, Rick Davis, said recently that his staff will eventually increase to about 450. By earlier this month, it had opened 11 regional offices in key states and another 84 offices across the country in a joint effort with the Republican National Committee.

Through the McCain attempt of confusing and muddying up the waters, the real deal is the ground game. We must remember, “We have seen and been through this show”. While the Clinton Campaign thought the battle would be in the air, the reality was that the battle was on the ground. This is what Obama knows how and what to do, and he did it well in the primary. Now all this is a massive push for the general election.

"Between the Obama staff and the Democratic Party staff there will be several thousand" paid operatives on the ground deployed across the country, deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said in an interview. "I don't want to get too specific; it gives away strategy."

...Obama and the Democratic Party have about 200 paid staffers working in Florida and more on the way, 90 in Michigan with plans to expand to 200 by August, at least 200 each eventually in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and 50 in Missouri with plans to expand to 150, according to published reports and interviews with Obama campaign officials. Hildebrand said state organizations should be at full strength by the end of August.

Now you get the understanding of going negative, now and early, for the McCain Campaign. While much hand wringing is going on, the focus must remain on organization. To be frank, the McCain Campaign must be worried, especially with the lack of enthusiasm gap for its candidate. As much disdain us have for these negative and frivolous ads, these ads are really targeted to their own base, to get them excited. Will it work? The jury is out on that one, you cannot continue to be negative and don’t offer folks the reason to pull the lever for you. That is just common sense.

So, let’s continue on with our organizing. One thing we have learned is that the Obama Campaign knows how to do it.

If you need information on volunteering, click here. If you need information on conducting or participating in a voter registration drive, read kath25’s detailed diary with all the information you need, here. And if you want to donate, click here.


weekly slideshow roundup....

well we are in the seaweeds early in this campaign and it stinks. one good thing i come away with is that obama must be making major inroads for mccain to be proud of touting britney and paris. sigh. anyway, keep positive, keep the message straight and keep the peace....focus on obama and not the drama....


cross-posted @ This Week With Barack Obama


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