Barack Obama: Kicking Butt and Taking Names

Rumors have been flying about Obama’s Veep selection coming sometime this week.  I’m waiting with baited breath for my text message along with 2 million others.  With Obama mostly staying on the high road, keeping the McCain attacks to a minimum, many experts believe that his running mate must be a bulldog-type.  Joe Biden fits the bill and has risen to the top of the now very short list of candidates.

But the Obama campaign is now going on the offensive.  Many supporters, myself included, believe that Obama should have done this long ago.

This new approach is hysterical.  They are talking smack – beating their chests – and challenging McCain to keep up.  I love it.

“It’s ‘game on, the money’s in the bank, we’re going to have a huge financial advantage, let the McCain campaign chase us around the country, if they can find us,’ ” said Steve McMahon, a Democratic advertising strategist

Obama was not vague in his confidence or his strategy:

“Our job in this election is not just ‘win,’ although I’m a big believer in winning.  I don’t intend to lose this election. John McCain doesn’t know what he’s up against.

“He can talk all he wants about Britney [Spears] and Paris [Hilton], but I don’t have time for that mess.”

“These are the judgments I’ve made and the policies that we have to debate, because we do have differences in this election.  One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism. I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same.”

“Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country.”

And Tucker Bounds, McCain’s spokesman is staying on the talking points:

“Barack Obama has made it clear that unconditional withdrawal in Iraq is more important to him than victory in Iraq. That’s not a criticism of his patriotism, that’s a criticism of his judgment.”

Convention fever starts next week and Obama will be announcing his VP choice prior to then.  Add to it, that Obama is sharpening up his campaign strategy and we’re ready to fly into the General Election cycle. 

On August 29th, McCain turns 72 and in order to subdue some of the Democratic Party’s convention Obama-mentum is scheduled to announce his running mate (I’m betting on Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge).  McCain is turning 72!

Obama did say that he doesn’t intend to lose this election.  Amending this slightly – With McCain promising 4 more years of Bush, we can’t afford for Obama to lose this election.


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