by LiberalDebunker, Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 06:44:42 AM EDT
The 50 state strategy regularly talked about as being a better strategy then just ceding "red" states is finally here with enough money and talent to make it a viable strategy.
From the NYT:
Senator Barack Obama's general election plan calls for broadening the electoral map by challenging Senator John McCain in typically Republican states -- from North Carolina to Missouri to Montana -- as Mr. Obama seeks to take advantage of voter turnout operations built in nearly 50 states in the long Democratic nomination battle, aides said.
On Monday, Mr. Obama will travel to North Carolina -- a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 32 years -- to start a two-week tour of speeches, town hall forums and other appearances intended to highlight differences with Mr. McCain on the economy. From there, he heads to Missouri, which last voted for a Democrat in 1996. His first campaign swing after securing the Democratic presidential nomination last week was to Virginia, which last voted Democratic in 1964.
Senator Obama also plans on 1) going after McCain and defining him and 2) preempting GOP attacks on him and his wife (who will be getting senior staffers to assist her as well) by being proactive and setting the narrative before the GOP gets the chance to.
With his overwhelming fundraising ability and his devastating ground game the GOP will be challenged in states where they normally don't spend money or worry about losing and they will have to chose to either take their chances or fight back in those states wasting their precious resources.