By picking Palin, McCain’s new call “Change” is really Republican code for “Reform”. McCain and Palin will try to own reform the same way the Obama campaign has owned “change”. And they are hoping the choice of Palin will reinforce that message, even if it’s more in Point of View than in terms of actual facts. At the very least, it’s designed to make it harder for Obama to tie McCain to Bush.
So how should Obama respond? Of course, as usual in politics, both McCain and Sarah Palin’s records of “reform” are highly overrated. For instance, Palin has been embroiled in a scandal where allegedly her staff fired Plain’s, brother-in-law, the state trouper who was involved in a custody battle with her sister.
But the true gold may be because of three possible points. Palin’s ties to a very corrupt Alaskan Republican party, Palin’s Pro secessionist views tying her to the Alaskan Independence Party , and Ted Stevens.
With the trial of Ted Stevens beginning next month and a verdict likely in the case before election day, what happens to the Republican presidential ticket if and when the case comes to a close in mid- or late-October?
By picking Sarah Palin, McCain is wholeheartedly embracing the Stevens machine in Alaska and Capital Hill. With Palin so closely aligned with Stevens and under an ethics investigation herself, what happens if and when a verdict in the Stevens trial comes down, say, on October 20th, roughly two weeks from election day?
What if it comes down on the Thursday before election day? I’m not sure we know the exact answer, but I’ve got a feeling that such an outcome wouldn’t be a great one for the McCain campaign.
The Obama campaign needs to highlight what is happening in Alaska and weave it into a storyline that rings so familiar in the public’s memory. That of the Republican corruption in Washington. In doing so, they will expose how absurd it is that McCain and Palin are trying to run as “reformers.”
There’s plenty of dirt on McCain too – The Keating Five might not be so relevant anymore, but Abramoff’s ties to Palin and some key people on McCain’s campaign staff sure is.
Don’t get me wrong, the Obama campaign should still try to link McCain to Bush. But the good news is that they don’t need to try to tie Palin to Bush – not directly. She already has a great tie-in in her own home state and the tie is called old fashioned Republican Corruption.
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