Being for McCain in Madison
Ok, I wasn’t too excited about John McCain at first. I’m a little to the right of him and all his "reaching across the aisle" stuff didn’t sit right with me but I admit that he does kind of have a point because very often, it seems that nothing gets done in Congress – but that might be a good thing seeing what is coming through these days.
I found an interesting article from a student who seems to like McCain as a moderate conservative (?). Her article is encouraging in a city where there has been mild violence shown against McCain supporters.
McCain’s campaign is finally going in the right direction, and the polls and the tone, even in Madison, reflect that. Yesterday, I was at the student organization fair, handing out McCain paraphernalia with Students for McCain. We ran out of signs three times, and had to have someone from the campaign drive to the Kohl Center with more materials. It’s not scary to be a conservative in Madison anymore — it’s exciting. After listening to Obama whine and complain about conservatives and avoid the issues one time too many, it seems Madison may be on the verge of realizing who the progressive reformer really is in this campaign.
They ran out of signs 3 times… wow. So they thought they brought enough, ran out, went and brought in more hoping that was enough, ran out and then did that again and ran out… on the UW-Madison Campus. Amazing.
Obama really is showing is his inexperience. In the first debate, McCain was naming names of all the foreign leaders he has met and also scolded Obama several times saying he didn’t get it. What does Obama do? At rallies this last weekend when McCain took some time off, Obama’s talking point was that McCain didn’t get it. Wow, really original there. Where did you get that line. Obama? Obama is avoiding issues and is talking like a child basically. He’s not mature and wise enough to lead our nation.
More on the first debate:
Obama has a subtle, condescending speaking style. His hand gestures of constant pointing fingers, frequently raising his fingers to eye level, jabbing constantly, make’s one feel he’s lecturing us. Yes, John Kennedy jabbed, but only occasionally.
Obama also made some serious tactical mistakes. Twice in the debate he repeated the allegations of others, first saying he was “liberal” and later saying he was “naive.” Repeating labels is a no-no.
Obama came across as slick trying to making himself sound more moderate than his record demonstrates. He says he doesn’t really want to spend $800 billion on new programs; he really isn’t the most liberal member of the Senate; he doesn’t really want to meet with dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; and so on.
On Iran, again one of the most contentious issues, McCain won because his comments grasped the gravity of the crisis.
In sum, McCain had the most to lose from this debate. Obama is known as the great public speaker.
McCain did more than hold his own.
And most importantly he demonstrated several things that will resonate with voters.
First, he is ready on day one to be Commander in Chief.
Second, he can be trusted. His word is good.
Third, he is one of us.
Getting back to Madison… to realize that Wisconsin is a swing state is something incredible and Katie here thinks that Madison may be turning toward McCain. For McCain to reach the liberally slanted independent voters in this area, he would have to show himself to be in the middle and not as far right as Bush – no doubt. So he may very well be succeeding here. We’ll see.
Here’s a blog post about election ’08 yard signs on the west side of Madison:
(which can be better headlined like this: "FOR OBAMA" surpasses "FOR SALE" on Madison’s west side
This does not take into account that people can’t put out any McCain signs in fear of getting a rock through the window. Those that have the McCain signs out are probably hiding in the bushes with a shotgun.
I think there will be some surprises on election night.