Is Obama Scared Of Sarah Palin?

September 1, 2008

After releasing his latest ad: “No Change“, many are questioning candidate Barack Obama’s lack of criticism toward opposing vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, who (let’s not forget) has posed as a giant target for almost every American democrat lately. 

But is this really true? I disagree.

In dissent, Sarah Palin is truly a tough target to hit in many ways, no matter how large of a dart-board she looks right to your average political commentator. This problem, in a primitive sense, is similar to ‘telling on’ a teacher’s pet, no matter how guilty they may be. The liberal press (or the press at all) can report all they want on Palin’s troopergate scandal, but if Obama takes a shot at it, it will most likely backfire as a sign of weakness or rage, similar to Hillary Clinton’s “Change You Can Xerox” remarks, ending in harsh boos. 

And who is the teacher — blocking all of these would be Obama talking points, you may ask. 

Its actually a hybrid of John McCain, the army of conservative bloggers and youtuber’s, and to stir it all up, Hurricane Gustav and its effect on the GOP convention. This three headed press monster strikes in more places than one, and is designed specifically to rebound any Democratic attacks.

First, John McCain, who chose Palin as his running mate, has chosen a move thought to be defensive to many liberals but in truth very effective, in his act of “taking off his party hat” and undressing the festivities of the GOP convention in the wake of hurricane Gustav. But by doing this, McCain has also created an Obama trap. 

If the liberals try to take any kind of shot at the Republicans, the Right Wing will be able to not only defend themselves in a political way, but then question their relentless attacks in a time of crisis (referring to hurricane Gustav). 

So while nothing official can happen between both parties for now, the McCain camp will have this week’s victory, both letting the press flood away any news stories about Obama’s speech with news of the hurricane and sending some sort of political point out of his convention.

Meanwhile, the third and last head of the press monster (behind McCain and hurricane Gustav) is the conservative “www” army, flooding blogs everywhere and taking up mostly all youtube comment sections under Obama videos. Although this kind of attack, below, is not official to the McCain camp, it poses a huge scary reminder to the democratic senator of how many devout McCain supports are willing to relentlessly attack everywhere on the public web, no matter how badly they would fair in a debate with each other. Although Obama may know more about the web than his opponent, with campaign accounts everywhere filled with conservative spam messages and attacks, he just may have to admit loss in this category.

So as Sarah Palin keeps letting out attack points, from her Troopergate scandal to her 17 year old daughter’s pregnancy, she is merely bait for McCain’s press monster to trap Obama in a whirlwind of backfiring remarks.

My advice for Obama? Stay out of the spotlight for a week, and then, when the storm comes to a close, make up for lost time with more than one attack ad.


8 Responses to “Is Obama Scared Of Sarah Palin?”

  1. Jamie Holts Says:

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  2. Larry Genkin Says:

    When viewed as a “marketing” decision, this VP choice is one of the worst blunders in history. Here’s why and what McCain needs to do in order to overcome this near fatal blunder —–smart-or-not.aspx.

  3. pacer521 Says:

    thanks for the comments.

    larry, I read your link — very well written and you have great facts. As a liberal, I agree fully with the fact that she is less experienced than Obama, but you must admit as far as news coverage, marketing, and PR wise, the Palin decision has been a success in the first week. But after that….we’ll see


  4. Jamie Holts Says:

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  5. Great food for thought and agree with pacer521, let’s wait and see how this all pans out after the initial reaction and Palin’s had some time to settle in as the Pubs’ VP nominee.

  6. The most important thing that you point out is how Obama takes his timing with Gustav. A wayward or ill-timed attack during a national disaster can really be political suicide. During his Hurricane and the aftermath McCain/Palin will basically be Teflon.. so best to wait until next week to bring on a strong well-thought out attack ad (or multiple, as you suggest). GOPers should also be readying their defensive guns and maybe an attack ad to blunt the post convention blitz.

  7. pacer521 Says:


    thanks for the compliments. I agree with you, as a democrat — I would love to see the hurricane die down and the convention finished — then we can have some meaty political battles, which will fare very well with the democrats.

    I would also love to see a Palin/Biden debate, as many (republican’s and democrats) are comparing her to Obama. This would be a fair and proving way to show that the Dems have a better ticket as well as more experience.

  8. pacer521 Says:

    Strong Moderate,

    I whole-heartedly agree with you. In the conservative point of view, although they may be guarded right now, they should use this time effectively as well as the democrats, because an attack ad (or two) is certainly brewing. Great blog as well — good insights and point of view, a new regular read for me.

    Very interesting comments everyone. This election is really a unique one, PR and advertising have played HUGE roles in how the respective campaigns are viewed publicly and I am certainly enjoying and learning from all the great point of views written in to me.


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