Before and after the debate tonight, I am going to mix it up a little again..
Before the debate, lets try some predictions. After the debate, lets put on the analyst’s cap and have at it.. Here is my “prediction”..
With the possible exception of the Nixon Kennedy debates, there has very rarely been anything resembling a “defining moment” that has swung the tide relative to the popular vote.
If McCain was going to unload upon Obama, it should have been done right from the get go. For it to be a full scale offensive tonight might appear to be “overkill” and can be easily deflected as “desperate flailing” by the Obama camp. Mind you, they won’t answer a single charge, they will just pooh-pooh them as “dirty politics”.. For those of us with IQ’s above room temperature, or for all of the millions of Democratic ACORN voters who themselves haven’t been above room temperature for the better part of fifty or more years, the fact that they WON’T answer the charge means that they CAN”T answer the charge..
McCain lost the “element of surprise” by not unleashing the facts as soon as possible, especially in relation to the Palin/convention “bounce”.
The “surprise”, which we all know is the BEST weapon to use against Obama, needed to be put into play at the FIRST debate, that way the liberal media could not “spin” what was happening “LIVE”. They should have let them make fools of themselves by “cutting and pasting” words together to try to cover for their Democratic hero when the whole country saw it happen “LIVE.”
The time in-between has allowed the Obamazombies to formulate greasy diversions as opposed to watching Obama stumble over the evidence before the lights and cameras.
The “hard hitting commercials” of late are simply that…”late”. As in “too late”..
I truly feel that the almost non-combative nature of the McCain performances to date has to do with the size of the “undecided”, the ones without yard signs, buttons or bumper stickers. The ones that say, “I don’t talk about politics” when anybody asks them.
Regardless of the polls from such obviously impartial sources as the NYT and others, this election is still clearly within the “margin for error”. The policy wonks always talk about the “plus/minus” of a given poll, based upon the abstracts of their statistical formulations. I however, take the “margin for error” to mean that “who ever makes the biggest error from now on loses..”
McCain, by playing it a little too safe for a little too long, is saying that he doesn’t want to be the one to make that “error.” He is hoping for a conservative to stand up and be like John Lewis, someone who will fire the “outlandish” salvos from the conservative cannon as it’s pointed at the opposition. McCain can then just brush aside the resultant “outrage”, saying that he had no knowledge and “so and so doesn’t speak for the McCain campaign..”.. Or the “rogue volunteer” who “no longer works for the McCain campaign..” who is then ceremoniously marched out of the campaign office. As I have said, at that point, it’s too late, the damage is done, the candidate is clean and the check is in the mail..”
These have been the hallmarks of liberal politics for generations. So much for “change”.. Republicans just don’t seem to want to “play” that way, the “undecided” might not approve..
The “undecided” never make it a point to disclose their pleasure or displeasure, which is why they are called the “silent majority”, so there is no way to tell if they would be offended by a frontal assault upon the Obama “sham-paign”. McCain already knows that the first response from the fevered liberal swamp would be, “you are just picking on him because he is black” and the previously mentioned liberals cut from the same odiferous cloth like Lewis would then take that mild “moral outrage” and amp it up, causing the media to feature the liberal crackpot at the top and bottom of every news hour..
McCain will win the debate tonight, but whether that makes any difference to those who “don’t talk about politics”, is uncertain.
What is certain is that those who are still uncertain will make their final decision once they get behind the curtain..
We have to have faith in their ability to read between the lies..