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Sex Dominates GOP's First Day
Rove's protege, Steve Schmidt, who is now running McCain's campaign, is boohooing about press coverage of the Palin fiasco.Classic move, and one that always plays well with the base. Only problem: the strategy for this election wasn't to get out the base, it was to pull in moderates and independents.It appears that approach is mostly by the wayside now. It's going to be stir up the base, throw Hail Marys and pray.Campbell Brown of CNN interviewed a McCain proxy yesterday. His new line was to claim Palin had a lot of executive experience by virtue of being the CIC of the National Guard.(Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.)Ms. Brown behaved the way an interviewer should: she didn't let the subject avoid the question, but kept coming back to it: "name one of the executive decisions she made." Of course the proxy couldn't do it.It would be great to see American newspeople start doing what BBC interviewers do as a matter of course: tough interviews.The "Straight Talk Express," derailed for some time, continues its plunge into the darkness.
Oh, and McCain just hired one of the guys who orchestrated the smear of McCain on Bush's behalf in South Carolina in 2000. As you may recall, a lowlight of that campaign was a push-poll of Carolinians as to how they would vote if they heard that McCain had fathered a black baby. It was effective.Is there no limit to how low McCain will go? I think we know the answer to that one.
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