Sunday, October 21, 2007

Obama Game Plan

One observer of Barack Obama's campaigns in Illinois, and of his strategist David Axelrod, believes that the Obama game plan involves a big push in the late going.

In his Senate primary race, Obama surged ahead in the last few months. Presumably then, the campaign would be holding back some key ammunition for use at the last minute.

Stealth plans of this type are quite commonly used by underdog candidates. There could be some important endorsements, contributions, ads, etc. in storage for a late assault just before the Iowa caucuses. According to this mode of thinking, Hillary Clinton's "inevitability" is not such a bad thing. In fact, it contributes to the environment that this type of game plan tries to create.

Often a stealth plan will have some "dirt" that is unloaded at the last second giving the opposition minimum time to respond. Obama's camp has disavowed any kinds of personal mudslinging, but possibly they could have some bombs that are relevant and fair game for a electoral campaign. Basically anything that has do with a candidate's public record and service is considered vital information for the electorate.

Of course, stealth means keeping things secret, working quietly to build up the apparatus needed to execute the "big push."

There may be some questions over whether such an Obama game plan would work in a national election were such great resources are needed to do anything. Obama's handlers are working one state at a time, so the first goal would be to make it work in Iowa. But then will there be more surprises for the other three early states, and for Super Tuesday?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been A Barack Obama fan from the start of this whole primary mess and until last night's debate, I could go along with most everything Barack has done. Now however, my opinion of him as a candidate in a national race for the presidency, has slipped somewhat. Why did it take him 50 minutes of talking about REv Wright, the "Bitter" comment,etc....before deflecting the debate to things that matter.

Charlie Gibson, George S., and Hillary had him totally on the ropes all night and would appreciate it if someone on his advisory staff would tell him its OK to push back a little. ALSO give him some training in avoiding noticeably long pauses and have him stay away from the "UHS", "ERRS",and "UHMS". It has him coming across as either uninformed or just plain slow.

Anotherafrican said...

Are the 3 Doing some Serious Strategic Planning?
I think Obama's capaign is in serious trouble and if the three top people Barack Hillary and Joe are not meeting in serious caucus, they should be.
May I suggest a strategy?
I recommend that they swallow their pride and consider Joe resigning in favor of Hillary as the VP. Joe can immediately be appointed to the job he is most qualified for - Secretary of State in the new Obama government. Hillary will be able to win back all her supporters who have already decided, or are seriously considering voting for the McCain/Palen ticket. This is the only way the Dems can be assured of winning the votes needed to occupy the White House. Now, it's not going to be easy to do this for either Joe or Barack, but if they are sincere about putting the country first, this is the answer.

Anotherafrican said...

Are the 3 Doing some Serious Strategic Planning?
I think Obama's capaign is in serious trouble and if the three top people Barack Hillary and Joe are not meeting in serious caucus, they should be.
May I suggest a strategy?
I recommend that they swallow their pride and consider Joe resigning in favor of Hillary as the VP. Joe can immediately be appointed to the job he is most qualified for - Secretary of State in the new Obama government. Hillary will be able to win back all her supporters who have already decided, or are seriously considering voting for the McCain/Palen ticket. This is the only way the Dems can be assured winning the votes needed to occupy the White House. Now, it's not going to be easy to do this for eithe Joe or Barack, but if they are sincere about putting the country first, this is the answer.


 

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