Shortly after presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama and DNC chairman Howard Dean announced Obama’s 50-state campaign plan, John McCain’s campaign announced plans for their ‘battleground state’ campaign where they will target a whopping 17 states.
These 17 states are expected to be the key swing states of the election. Obama, on the other hand, plans with his 50 state campaign to put more states into play than had previously been on the board.
In previous elections, campaigns ignored the sure wins and sure losses targeting primarily the states that could go either way. Even the closer races that usually went in one direction only received minimal attention.
Obama hopes that with his 50 state approach, he may be able to open the door to some previous sure-fire Republican states. At the very least, the feeling is that it could assist with the races on the rest of the ticket.
Money is usually the issue since campaigns are generally as good as their fundraising.
McCain’s fundraising has improved since the Republican primaries though no doubt pales in comparison to the Obama fundraising machine.
McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis said, “We’re not being out-raised by hundreds of millions of dollars this month or last month.”
Hundreds of millions? It seems very likely that Obama is out-raising McCain by 3 or 4 times a month. Neither campaign is bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars a month. Nice spin Ricky.
The only areas where McCain out-fundraises Obama would be with the 527 Groups which have really nothing to do with the candidate but with large organizations that can raise large sums of money. These 527 Groups are notorious for smearing an opponent using lies and baseless distortions. The classic example of the 527 Group is the ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’. They used exaggerations, distortions and flat-out lies to present John Kerry as the opposite of the Viet Nam war hero he was.
It is only a matter of time before we see what these 527’s will produce for Obama – more Wright nonsense? Secret Muslim? Racist fears? Too liberal? His drug related past? Tax and spend? The list goes on. There are a group of people sitting and scheming as we speak. Even Floyd Brown, the creator of the infamous 1988 Willie Horton ad that was used against Michael Dukakis, has been called upon to come up with some smear ad against Obama.
Finally, with the rejection of the PAC and federal lobbyist money the other day by Obama and Democratic Party, it will be interesting to see how they respond. Will they find a loophole in order to get their money to the Democrats of their choice or will the money shift over to the Republicans?
It is sad that the Republican Party must resort to lies and despicable smear attacks in order to win an election.