A Long Two Days

One would think that if the McCain campaign had something game changing up their sleeve, they would have used it a long time ago.  Indeed, if anything, the McCain campaign has shown that they are not afraid to throw the hail mary or go in for the amazing campaign stunt.

Of course, one would also have to agree that Team McCain has not exactly established a solid record of making wise political decisions.

I’m a Democrat, which means that no matter how good the polls look, no matter how favorable a position my candidate is in, I’m always waiting for disaster to strike.  In fact, if I wasn’t blessed with uncannily strong genes from my father, I probably would have developed a string of stress related complications by now.

And yet, The Big One continues to not hit which leaves me fretting over a window of opportunity that could end up being a very long two days, a very long two days during which an anti-Obama October surprise could disrupt the very fabric of this election.

Tomorrow is not a good time for something like this to hit, not with the scheduled half hour of television that the Obama team is gearing up for.  With Obama presumably giving his final argument to America in their living rooms, should something damaging flood the wires before then, that half hour would in and of itself go a long ways towards damage control and/or softening the blow of the damaging story.

Likewise, this upcoming weekend wouldn’t be a good time to hit either for a couple of reasons which I admit are mostly theoretical.  Typically interest in the news on weekends isn’t as high as it is through the middle of the week, for one, and this is in a vital three day window during which undecided voters tend to make up their minds in high volumes.  Thus waiting until the weekend to drop a big bomb risks dropping it too late.

Just like waiting until the Monday before election day; you simply aren’t letting the damaging story have enough time to saturate the news and reach the most voters.

This leaves Thursday and Friday.  If there is going to be a major game changer, it has to come during that two day period in such a way that can take over the news cycle right before the final three days of the election when so many undecideds finally settle on a candidate.  That is the final window for McCain to drop a bomb.

But what kind of bomb could do the trick?  That’s difficult to say, especially in this election in which a lot of attacks that would stick under different, less economically trying, circumstances simply aren’t.  We can’t know for sure what would or wouldn’t upend this election, but we could get an idea from what hasn’t worked.

And what hasn’t worked has been an awful lot including the big three in Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, and Bill Ayers.  Nor was it the supposedly smoking gun audio which proved that Obama is a dyed in the wool Marxist (though Team McCain continues to push this line with zeal).  Drug use doesn’t work, and repeating his middle name doesn’t work.

So what could work?  I don’t know, but it would have to be more severe than terrorism, corruption, racism, and drug use, so… maybe… if there’s footage out there of Obama actually murdering someone?  Maybe?

2 Responses to “A Long Two Days”

  1. DrGail says:

    I’m a Democrat, which means that no matter how good the polls look, no matter how favorable a position my candidate is in, I’m always waiting for disaster to strike.

    Boy, you could replace “Democrat” with “Cubs fan”, and that sentence still would be true!

    Seriously, though, I share your sense of foreboding. It’s kind of like when you’re waiting for a tornado to either destroy your house and everything familiar to you or for it to vanish. Each morning, I nervously check the overnight news, dreading some potentially game-changing bombshell to totally rearrange my day’s attentions and give everyone a serious “oh shit” moment.

    But I think if McCain had some huge game-changer up his sleeve, we either would’ve heard some inkling of it (perhaps on the righty blogs, which I never read for fear of getting terrible cooties or cookies or something) or we would not be treated to a seemingly endless array of damaging leaks from the campaign.

    True, this could all be an awful head-fake, but if so it is masterfully planned and executed.

    The downward spiral we’re seeing in the McCain campaign looks exactly what one sees when an organization — any organization — is circling the drain. Even when awful stuff happens, like an embarrassing leak or admission from the campaign’s headliners and inner circle, no one seems to have enough energy or commitment to attempt some damage control.

    I think, at worst, they may bring out a slightly new twist on a tired story: Reverend Wright, perhaps, or something about ACORN. But it will be hard for them to get much traction for whatever it is, in part because the core of the story is tired, and also because the CW is that the campaign is in its death throes. It’s pretty hard to turn CW like that around.

    But what do I know? I’m a Cubs fan.

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