September 9, 2008


Shaken Dems fear Obama on downslide (Alexander Bolton, 09/09/08, The Hill)

Palin was the talk of the Hill as lawmakers returning to Washington woke up Tuesday morning to headlines declaring that Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), the GOP nominee, has pulled even with Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) in national polls. The jump is due to a 20-point swing among white women, who now favor the McCain-Palin ticket by 12 points, according to a Washington Post–ABC News poll.

“That’s all people have talked about since we got back,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat who represents Missouri, a projected battleground state. “I received a phone call from an Obama fundraiser who said we’re going to have to go back and revisit the strategy.”

Since Palin made her national political debut last week, Obama’s campaign and other Democrats have been slow to criticize Palin, preferring to let mainstream news outlets and liberal blogs raise questions about her record.

But Democrats are growing concerned that Obama’s campaign has not challenged Palin’s lack of experience and views on abortion, creationism and the Iraq war more aggressively.

While he wouldn't have been our first choice for the ticket, we weren't much troubled by the prospect of a Maverick candidacy. We're Republicans and our party always nominates the next in line. With Jeb bowing out--who would have been our favorite--it was just Mr. McCain's turn and there's nothing not to like about a conservative Southwestern war hero (except that he's only a Senator).

Still, if you'd told us that he'd run his campaign so brilliantly that Democrats were going to emphasize three issues in the Fall--killing babies, Darwinism, and surrender in Iraq--even we wouldn't have believed you. It's like they're trying to estrange themselves from America just to prove a point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2008 7:23 PM
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