Sometimes the tactics of the Karl Rove team advising John McCain just boggle the mind. Business Week’s marketing blogger David Kiley reported the following.
What the McCain campaign doesn’t want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was…wait for it…using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch. I guess that’s political hardball. But another word for it is the one word that most politicians are loathe to use about their opponents—a lie.
Pretty amazing how so few members of the traditional media are willing to use the word “lie” to describe what Karl Rove, Steve Schmidt and their slimeballs are doing. But of course McCain says he’s proud of these ads, so I guess they will continue. McCain is well aware that the enthusiasm gap among Republicans for his campaign is very low (chart above). He has no choice but to try to bring Obama down, since he will never get above 44%.
The source of McCain’s desperation is of course the polling in the battle ground states.
If you had told a Democrat a year ago that, on the last day of July, their candidate would be ahead in Ohio and Florida, well ahead in Pennsylvania , way ahead in California, tied in Montana, within single digits in a couple of states that went really red in 2000 and 2004, they’d be pretty thrilled with that set of polling.