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Governor Sarah Palin has been given the job to lead the frontal assault on Senator Barack Obama and the reason that Senator McCain – who said he would not partake in negative campaigning – is allowing it is because he has used all the weapons in his arsenal and none of them has worked. Now he is resorting to the last weapon – the dirty tricks. Governor Palin has a closet full of skeletons and the state of Alaska is about to unleash a barrage of information relative to an investigation about the Governor’s abuse of power while in office. But is she presently governing Alaska? Unlike Obama, Biden and McCain, there are 97 Senators to carry on while they are on the road campaigning; however, Alaskans have – or think they have – one governor, who is “missing in action” in the lower 48.
“The attack dog,” as she is labeled in the media has very limited experience on the national stage and all of her interviews, appearances and campaign exposure are carefully choreographed and monitored. Not even Palin can alter the effects of the Republican economic meltdown with her Johnny six-pack and hockey-mom sashaying. But the reality is what the Republicans are doing is misleading the country and setting the stage for an explosive eventuality. When Palin exhort a crowd of supporters with words such as, “He’s not like you and me; he’s not one of us.” What does that infer to an angry and unruly crowd? So far, it has generated responses like “terrorist,” “socialist” all in an insidious attempt to exploit the fears of the people relative to the economy rather that offer viable solutions.
The recent Republican strategy has been to try to change the focus of the campaign from the economy to Obama. But the problem is not with Obama; the problem is the economy. Without Obama, the downward spiraling of the economy would still exist. They (Republicans) have said they will go “cultural” on Obama. Translation: resort to racial fear. So words emanating from Republican rallies like “terrorist” and “socialist” are code words for the n-word, which is about to come out in the near future.
Even though McCain ostensibly tries to distance himself from Palin’s rhetoric, and it seems to be getting louder and bolder, it is supposed to be the McCain campaign. He is the principal. But his straight-talk express is not consistent with his “actions express,” neither from him nor his surrogates. He appears first and as Palin follows, the crowd chants and jeers louder and louder, casting negative, sometimes violent aspersions when Obama’s name is mentioned. And both McCain and Palin are encouraging it. They are setting the stage for violent consequences and it seems to be spreading throughout pockets of Republican strongholds.
In upstate New York, hundreds of absentee ballots were mailed with Barack “Osama.” One of the election commissioners, who was overseeing the mailouts, a Republican said it was a typographical error, but was it?
During the last debate, McCain referred to Obama as “that one” in a very condescending manner. And after the debate, when the candidates were mixing and mingling with the crowd, Obama – acting statesmanlike and presidential – shook Cindy McCain’s hands. McCain did not shake Michelle Obama’s hands. That appears to be the real McCain bubbling to the surface.
Palin is being used in the most vicious way as the gap between Obama and McCain seem to widen. Is she really a hockey mom or is she the new and improved version of Karl Rove? Obama’s approval rating will continue to climb as the economy continues its descent and the American people are realizing, “It’s the economy, stupid.”