June 27, 2008

THERE'S A MISTAKEN IMPRESSION...:

Campaign Scorecard (Mark Halperin, 6/27/08, TIME: The Page)


McCain's Good Week (Jonathan Chait, 6/23/08, TNR: The Plank)

[M]cCain did a spectacular job of stopping Obama this last week. Obama was trying to focus on the economy, and he got virtually no traction because McCain has been driving the debate by attacking him on debates, public financing, and terrorism.

The first two, especially, seemed to take a toll. Political reporters are interested in politics, not policy, and a process fight will always eclipse a debate over economic plans. And it's pretty clear that Obama's image has been tainted by the process fights.


...that the quality of the campaigns matters, when really the race is just a function of political dynamics. Everything that helped Senator Obama defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination is a liability for him in the general, while nought that aided John McCain is. Now, Senator Obama has to jettison all his baggage -- his identity politics, his voting record, his affiliations, etc. -- and can't help but seem two-faced as he does so. Worse, since no one really knows who he is their first impression of him is that he's so changeable as to be hollow. Republican attacks on his original politics and his shucking them for political purposes simply reinforce this image.

Maverick isn't winning so much as Senator Obama can't win.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2008 11:55 AM
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