Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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Any Openings for McCain?

As we look back, a cycle of the McCain campaign is discernable. From roughly mid-July to the week after the Republican convention McCain was running circles around Obama on a daily basis, culminating in a slight lead in the polls on early September after the Palin nomination.

But with the financial crisis obviously the wheels have come off the Straight Talk Express Bus. Right now McCain-Palin think Obama is vulnerable on the fact that many voters still don’t know that much about him, and especially how left he may or may not really be. Fine and dandy, but it may be too late for this to work. I suspect Obama has a strong answer in the can to use tonight about William Ayers if McCain brings it up. Will McCain have a hide-ripping riposte?

Suggestion for McCain for tonight: Go after Obama on the union card-check wish list. McCain should say that Obama wants to take away union members’ right to a secret ballot--an issue that polls 90-10 against among union households, and allow union goons to show up at your house to "help" you fill out and turn in your card. Why hasn’t the McCain campaign made an issue of this at all? Baffling.

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The race is over. If I were the RNC, I would be running damage control. A big risk, in my mind is that the campaign, surrogates, or associated PACs now do even more damage to the Republican brand. I think McCain/Palin should campaign hard, but the RNC needs to route money to local candidates and avoid alienating an even large portion of the electorate than they already have. Time to start planning for a 2010 or 2012 movement on the Congress and, perhaps, the presidency.

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