Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Republicans: Surgeon's Scalpel Will Defeat Obama

we need to know the opposing side's strategy in the general election. right? this story by tony blankley says that hillary clinton has shown what won't work in defeating obama.
He cheerfully and in a cool, understated tone will slice and dice overly broad charges, such as Hillary's "inexperience" taunt or her ill-considered "words vs. action" charge.

he concludes mccain won't win with sweeping allegations, such as "he's too liberal."
If Obama can be defeated, it will not be with a meat cleaver but with a surgeon's scalpel. This is difficult in a national campaign in which the public, almost of necessity, must be communicated with by slogans. But Obama is the master responding to blustery charges with wry, dry irony.

here's what the writer says:

The Republicans must systematically make a hundred tightly argued, irrefutable critiques of very specific examples of Obama's policy being wrong for at least 60 percent of America.

America may be going through one of our episodic style shifts. In 1932, FDR's conversational style trumped Hoover's old oratory. In 1960, JFK's coolness and wit caught the emerging post-World War II sophistication of our culture. Twenty years later America, tired of sophisticated cynicism, was ready to return to Reagan's old-fashioned sentiments and values.

Obama is tapping into a curious alchemy of youthful idealism tempered by Internet edginess. Republicans must communicate their values and policies through that prism, or they will not communicate at all.
Obama newspaper endorsements

Blueprint for change
Obama’s speeches

what are presidential qualities?
Roosevelt was called inexperienced

Historians for Obama