The Score Is In: Obama 50 – McCain 17 Plus Lies & Smears

Barack Obama and John McCainShortly 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.

Battleground StatesIn 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.

Vote SmartDuring the heat of both primaries, Obama was bringing in over $30 million a month to about $3 million for McCain.

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.

Willie HortonIt 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.

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2 responses to “The Score Is In: Obama 50 – McCain 17 Plus Lies & Smears

  1. Despite perceptions that Sen. John McCain has spent more time on the attack, Sen. Barack Obama aired more negative advertising last week than did the Arizona Republican, says a study released yesterday.

    Seventy-seven percent of the Illinois Democrat’s commercials were negative during the week after the Republican National Convention, compared with 56 percent of the spots run by McCain.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/17/AR2008091703581.html

    “If we’re going to ask questions about, you know, who has been promulgating negative ads that are completely unrelated to the issues at hand, I think I win that contest pretty handily,” Obama said.

  2. Glenn,
    McCain has been attacking Obama for most of the last 3 months. There is a difference between pointing out issues and differences between the candidates but does your study include the amount of lies and smears the McCain campaign has dished out? Just check out the ads on McCain’s campaign site.

    I watched less than 10 minutes of the Sarah Palin speech today and she told no less than 5 lies.
    Obama saying McCain has voted with the current administration 90% of the time is perfectly fine because it is factually the truth.
    McCain saying that Obama’s plan will raise taxes on everyone in the middle class isn’t because it is factually wrong and is a lie.
    McCain implying that Obama is ‘the chosen one’ is offensive and a smear.
    When Karl Rove says you are lying, then you know you’ve gone too far since Rove is on McCain’s payroll.