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Did Obama Trick McCain?

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Posted on Nov 5, 2008
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If John McCain’s strategy on the ground in Pennsylvania worked, why didn’t he win the state? The Political Wire reports that it’s possible the Obama campaign tricked McCain into wasting his limited resources in a state that was never actually in play.


Political Wire:

1. Obama’s campaign learns McCain has just $37 million entering October.

2. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he’s “nervous” that McCain is gaining ground.

3. Obama’s team “leaks” an internal poll proving Rendell’s anxiety.

4. McCain pulls back in other states to “flood” Pennsylvania with resources.

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By Purple Girl, November 6, 2008 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

Mac didn’t jsut lose and election because of this SOB’s tactics (and VP choice), he lost his integrity, his reputation and poss the impact of his own ‘glory Story’.
Of course many of Us who have been watching Mac since his loss to dumbass in ‘00 saw the auctioning off of his soul almost immediately…Anthrax came from Who? Surge What? Which Tax cut do you now support? What are you going to do about ‘illegals’.
Shit we could count on stablity from McCain as much as any Michigander can count on the Weather (‘Wait 5 minutes it will change’).So Mac lost not only Independents ,but also a good number of Dems who thought perhaps he would be a new type of Republican.
Many of US Dems went to the Polls holding our noses in ‘00 to vote for Gore (Before he became the ‘Green god’).
But what did him in, what put him in th e’place of no return’ was his new found Campaign stratedgy. In my opinion He and Hillary were working out of the same Handbook, obviously Autographed by Cheney and his Ghost Writer Rove.
McCain Lost far more than thinks. His concession speech was the first time I have seen John McCain in years.
I can only hold out some small hope that in years to come, John finally admits he intentionally threw the Race to finally end 40 yrs of Cheneycorp rule. He ‘took one for the Team’, He really did put ‘Country First’ by losing to this new Generation of leadership, not beholden to the Republican Machine, nor the Clinton Machine.John gave the speech of his life Tuesday Night, may it be the Real McCain of Old come back to haunt the Neo Cons and end their reign of Terror which they have inflicted upon US for Decades.

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By hippy pam, November 6, 2008 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

I just gotta think that mcshame is not a very hard person to make a fool of..I am SOOOooooo GLAD WE-THE PEOPLE-do not have to deal with EITHER OF THEM….Now we just gotta make sure “moose turd” does NOT GET ANY HIGHER ON THE “POWER LADDER”....

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By simonhhh, November 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment

“...Or maybe, simply, the sudden realization that he couldn’t, because he didn’t know how!....”

Correct… very correct…Mc Pain always displayed limited knowledge on just about anything….it was the failing economy where mc pain displayed the most ignorance…

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By doctor babble, November 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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Even if this story were true, it is just more evidence that McCain was not a good choice for president.  If he is so easily tricked into putting all his eggs into a dubious basket, how would he do dealing with the likes of Putin?

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By Louise, November 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Can we spell s.t.r.e.t.c.h?

McCain made that choice, for whatever reason. Possibly the same reason he made several other choices that proved to be not too smart.

A disfunctional and conflicted campaign committee. A willingness to accept bad direction and bad decisions from same. A reluctance to stand up and take command of everything and everyone, including Palin, when it started to look bad.

Or maybe, simply, the sudden realization that he couldn’t, because he didn’t know how!

I think that fact began to dawn on him about the time he suspended his campaign to save the economy. Then rushed off to save his running mate on CNN, then rushed off to save the economy, later the next day, then had no choice but to accept that his demanding a meeting in the Oval Office, probably did more for Obama than it did for McCain.

Obama couldn’t understand what value was in the meeting, and said so. McCain was counting heavily on a PR perception to give it value it didn’t have. And personally I think that’s the day McCain began unravelling. And I think that’s the day his campaign managers realised they couldn’t play this “wool over the eyes” game against the voters like they always had. Not anymore.

The Pennsylvania “head fake” was a candidate running out of money and losing in the polls desperately trying something, someone told him was a good idea. Not because it was a particularly good idea, but because they had to tell him something.

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