Obama Attacks Demean his Presidential Campaign
By Jamie Miller
Many in the news media and certainly Whoopi Goldberg are trying to appeal to voters after the “Palin Bounce” by trying to revert to the campaign that won Barrack Obama the Democratic Nomination for President – racism.
Yes, there is but one racist in this year’s Presidential race and it is Sen. Obama. Where are the cries to condemn Whoopi Goldberg’s comments when she asks about a McCain Presidency, “Should I worry about being a slave again?” I hate to tell you Whoopi, but you’ve only been a slave to a horrible career as an actress. Obama seems happy to have racism used on his behalf.
Barrack Obama should condemn these race-baiting comments. But, he won’t. At least Whoopi is trying to bring some negative attention to the Republican ticket. Obama has no choice but directly attacking the Republican ticket himself because no one wants to take on Gov. Palin for fear of looking like someone who is anti-women (that’s one thing no Democrat can afford).
America is ready to elect an eloquent black man who wants to change how Washington works, but Americans will not vote for a thug who wields negative campaign ads like a criminal brandishes a weapon.
The more Obama personally attacks McCain and Palin, the more he appears to be the agent of “politics as usual” vs. the change that gained him the Democratic nomination.
McCain had one thing that could save him going into the convention — he had to regain his GOP maverick status — which is the reason he won the nomination. He successfully regained that status and completely separated himself from the Bush Administration with the pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The Obama campaign planned on winning this election by tying McCain to the unpopular Bush and now has trouble finding its footing after those attacks no longer seem to work. I’ve worked with many candidates and campaigns, and from what I can tell in the Obama Campaign, the decision and the attacks are coming from the top.
Just this week, Obama, not surrogates, called Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin “liars,” and he mocked McCain for being “computer illiterate,” and referred to the Gov. of Alaska as “lipstick on a pig.” These attacks are not very becoming of someone who wants to “unite” and bring “change” to Washington. Especially considering McCain’s lack of computer skills is due to his inability to type on a keyboard due to his Vietnam War injuries.
Obama isn’t finding any legitimate surrogates to take on Palin so he’s decided to do it himself with adverse effects to his campaign and his popularity.
The Obama Campaign is likely delighted to see even illegitimate surrogates like the Hollywood Elite fill the void. Including a “slave” remark made by Whoopi Goldberg; Pamela Anderson of home porno-movie fame suggested the Gov. of Alaska “suck it” when the animal lover was asked if she had seen a photo of Palin with a fur in the background. Matt Damon has suggested that people take a long look at Palin since “McCain won’t survive a full, 4-year term,” I doubt that anyone could make that remark about Obama without having these same Hollywood Elite demanding a visit by the Secret Service.
Obama’s Campaign has had a tough week. With less than eight weeks left in the campaign, it is very possible that Obama stops the hemorrhaging and wins the election, but another possibility is that he simply doesn’t understand that McCain is his own man separate from George Bush, and that Obama must come up with something more than one word, “change,” to be elected president. As I’ve written in previous columns, change is coming to the White House, regardless of which candidate wins. Obama is foolish to think that one word will carry him all the way to a new residence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Jamie Miller is a political consultant specializing in political campaign management, strategic planning, public relations and crisis communications. He has been involved with running and managing political campaigns since 1994. E-mail him at: Repjam@aol.com.