My son, a recent Iraq veteran and once conservative Republican, rearranged my head last night with this stunning observation -- McCain/Palin was rapidly becoming a more terrifying proposition than four more years of Bush/Cheney. It took only a moment of consideration to accept the once unfathomable was now real.
... As such, Gov. Palin's image as a "reformer" is part of the storyline the McCain campaign needs to complement the top of its ticket. Her quip about passing on the bridge and "building it ourselves" has been a staple of her stump.
But she's drawn considerable fire as result. Sen. Obama's campaign released an advertisement pointing out her original support of the bridge. And on Monday, an Obama staffer emailed a photo of Gov. Palin holding up a T-shirt that was made shortly after the bridge caught national attention. It reads "NOWHERE ALASKA" and "99901," the zip code of Ketchikan.
The McCain campaign jumped back with spokesman Brian Rogers calling the attacks "hysterical."
"The only people 'lying' about spending are the Obama campaign. The only explanation for their hysterical attacks is that they're afraid that when John McCain and Sarah Palin are in the White House, Barack Obama's nearly $1 billion in earmark spending will stop dead in its tracks," Mr. Rogers said.
At a rally today, Sen. McCain again asserted that Sen. Obama has requested nearly a billion in earmarks. In fact, the Illinois senator requested $311 million last year, according to the Associated Press, and none this year. In comparison, Gov. Palin has requested $750 million in her two years as governor -- which the AP says is the largest per-capita request in the nation.
So, the Democrats, the media and the Obama campaign have been the subject of untold blogosphere angst in the past few days. There is no hope, there is no fight, The End Is Near and we should all consider sepuku now while we can maintain our honor.
Perhaps the folks running the current Democratic presidential campaign, perhaps the media, and perhaps even the bulk of the Democratic political machine has an idea of how to fight back. Maybe, maybe even Senator Obama can throw a punch.
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"For them to run an ad that doesn't basically present an accurate record of their positions on issues. I think, should raise some issues on how they would run an administration," said Obama, referring to the ad where the claim is made that Palin was behind canceling Bridge To Nowhere funding.