September 15, 2008
Financial Times to Dems: You're in a hole. Stop digging.
Posted by: Kevin
Clive Crook, of the Financial Times of London, joins in urging the Democrats to stop digging themselves deeper in the hole their in:
For Mr McCain to win the election against the odds that faced him pre-Palin – with the economy in the tank and the incumbent Republican president setting records for unpopularity – would be sensational enough. For this to happen because of his vice-presidential pick, a decision that is usually of next to no consequence, beggars belief. The Democrats had to bring all their resources to getting themselves into this fix. They proved equal to the task. ...
Certainly, the Democrats can see they are in a hole. Somehow, though, the word has gone out: “Keep digging.” Mr Obama is also urged to be less cool and lose his temper. Voters adore an angry candidate, you see. “Dig faster, and be more angry,” is the advice coming down from the political geniuses who decided it was a fine idea to laugh at Ms Palin in the first place. A recurring television image in the past few days has been the split-screen contrast between a serenely smiling Republican operative and a fulminating red-faced Democrat about to have a stroke.
Efforts to smear the governor proceed at a frantic pace. ... Of course, they will find things. They may even find something important. But the sheer swarming zeal for trivial malfeasance and family embarrassments is rapidly raising the bar for impropriety. I think that many voters – and not just committed Republicans – find this whole spectacle disgusting, so on top of everything else Ms Palin is now getting a sympathy vote.
Democrats will deny it, but they opened this new front in the culture war by their response to the Palin nomination. The mess they are in is their own fault. They still seem intent on driving significant numbers of women and moderates over to the other side and Mr McCain’s political instinct is doubtless to help this rift in the electorate widen further. It could be a winning strategy. But good politics is not the same thing as responsible leadership. I intend it as a compliment to Mr McCain when I say that if his means to victory in this election is to divide the country, it is a victory he should not want.
Read the whole piece. Crook is not a GOP fan at all, but a very incisive British observer in Washington. I'm still undecided in this election. And I think that unless things change direction in the Obama camp, this will indeed be another 1988 and not another 1980, no matter how I vote. Frankly, Crook is speaking for me when he says many voters find the current spectacle disgusting. I'd hoped this would be an unprecedentedly issues-driven, honorable race. Now, I'm tuning out.
If you're an Obama fanatic, it does your cause no good to continue operating in a fog of denial. Pull yourselves together, people. You're blowing this election.
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