Dick Morris gets it
I have never really figured Dick Morris out. I like that. I like that a lot. A lot of people have been scratching their heads over Obama’s campaign so far. To the average guy who doesn’t get caught up in hysteria or hype, it’s been very puzzling. It’s not to me. And, apparently it’s not to Dick Morris either:
……are so anxious to run against Bush, their animosity is so pent up, that they persist in running against a man who is not seeking a third term. In speech after speech, the Democrats knock the Bush record and then add, lamely, that GOP candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is the same as Bush.
……This pattern of shooting at the decoy, not the duck, gives McCain a bold strategic opportunity. He can nullify the impact of the entire Democratic convention simply by distancing himself from Bush.
Now, Dick goes on to list a LONG list of MAJOR differences between McCain and Bush. That’s not even the whole list. You can’t get much different within the same party as Bush and McCain right now. That’s where the deception is occurring. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary, and now Obama have based their current political position on trashing Bush mercilessly.
As I’ve noted here before, what are they going to do next? Bush is not running for anything. The more they trash Bush, the easier the ride is for McCain. The logic is simple: Republicans know the difference between Bush and McCain. Nothing Obama or Biden says will mean anyhing to about half the people that will vote. Now, the real shocker will come when they realize that a good majority of Obama’s core already know this as well. They were cheering McCcain when he trashed Bush in 2000. They were cheering McCain when he bucked Bush very visibly on several key issues. They cheered McCain when he teamed up with Russ Feingold to clean up campaign finance in DC. Now, they are being hammered to death that the man they cheered for being so different from Bush over the last eight years, is, in their candidates’ minds, the same thing as Bush. And, the man more likely to agree with and priase Bush on many key issues, Joe Biden, is the “change” they’ve been promised.
Go figure that one.
Better yet, go try to sell it.
Best advice for Obama, attack McCain, not the windmill.
Best advice for whoever might read this, read the rest of Dick Morris’s piece, it’s spot-on.