It’s going to be a slugfest from here on out. The Republicans have demonstrated once again that they have no scruples when it comes to political campaigns. John McCain’s most recent attack ads against Obama have been nothing short of despicable. And their recent effort to gin up a phony controversy over a completely innocent remark made by Obama is just the tip of the Rovian iceberg.
So while Obama has done well at defending himself against these attacks, he can’t sit back and restrict himself to running an exclusively positive, issue-based campaign. He is going to have to hit back hard. That doesn’t mean that he should lie and lie and lie like Sarah Palin does. And it doesn’t mean that he should just make stuff up like John McCain does. We Democrats have to maintain some standards. But he will need to go on the offensive and not let up until election day.
He doesn’t get any credit whatsoever for playing nice. The average uninformed voter just assumes that both sides play dirty anyway. So he might as well get his hands dirty, he just doesn’t have to swim around in the raw sewage like the other side.
Today is the 7th anniversary of 9/11 and so there will be no campaign attacks launched today. But starting tomorrow expect the gloves to come off.
I want to see some pro-Obama 527 groups unleashed to go after McCain/Palin. There is no shortage of fair-game targets right now.
How about an add highlighting Sarah Palin’s close ties and affiliation with a radical, America-hating seccessionist group in Alaska?
Let’s see a series of adds on the TrooperGate scandal that the Republicans are desperately trying to cover up now.
Let’s highlight all the endless lies about the Bridge to Nowhere and Palin’s earmark record, and all of McCain’s flip-flops and lockstep support of Bush’s policies.
It is a shame that it has to come to this, but the sad truth is that so many people are so blithely ignorant of what is really going on and how it will effect them that the only way to reach them is with hard-hitting attack ads.