Campaign's Course Becoming Clear
John McCain is now being portrayed as the Old Washington White Guy, as the NYT slime-piece on an alleged affair morphs into a story of his dealings with lobbyists.
The story, with McCain's staff first denying meetings with a TV station owner on an FCC matter, then having to admit that the meeting did exist, not only plays him up as just another typical "for sale" senator, but also attacks his carefully constructed political straight-shooter brand .
This is clearly the best course of attack on McCain, because with his decades of history in Washington, he is probably vulnerable to string of similar charges, and he will have difficulty brushing them off. That will take the focus off his military record, his stubborn stands against earmarks, and his greater qualifications for leadership during war.
The woof to this thread's warp is the rising anti-patriotism meme encircling the Obama camp, as evidenced by this AP story:
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama's refusal to wear an American flag lapel pin along with a photo of him not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem led conservatives on Internet and in the media to question his patriotism.That story, coming on the heels of yesterday's Politico story on Obama's relationship with Weather Underground terrorist bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, is the perfect set-up for Obama. While McCain's record is long and out there for all to see, Obama is a mostly blank canvas that is going to be painted not just as weak, but also as Socialistic, radical and un-patriotic.
Now Obama's wife, Michelle, has drawn their ire, too, for saying recently that she's really proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.
(Here's another such story, on Obama's woeful lack of understanding of the military, and his quick, unpatriotic assumption that the military is screwed up. Hat-tip to Jim.)
The right will rally around McCain, making them look forgiving of Washington shenanigans, and the left will rally around Obama, making them look just as unpatriotic as he.
Throw into this the difficulty McCain, an aging white man, will have confronting Obama, a young black man, and we have a general election campaign that will make the tempests of the primary season seem like spring breezes.
Hold on to your hats.