Originally Posted by SDW2001
Yes, I thought that was a good move at the time.
Of course you did.
It all comes down to what a shitty campaign he ran.
Yes. It does.
He had many opportunities to nail Obama.
And that is where you go off the rails and don't seem to see what the rest of us do about this election. "Nailing" Obama is the Lee Atwater/Karl Rove strategy of the utter destruction of the opponent by any means necessary. Obama's campaign hinged on the repudiation of those tactics. Why do you think he ran a campaign about "hope," for God's sake?
I think if he had refused to debate to work on the bailout, it might have helped.
No. It would have completely destroyed his campaign. Think about what you're saying: threatening to not debate looked bad, but REALLY not debating would have worked? Aree you serious? It made him look erratic and inconsistent. It made him look like he panics.
And he didn't make enough of Ayers, Wright and Obama's complete inexperience...not until it was too late.
We had weeks and months of ALL THREE of those and none of them stuck. They didn't stick for the following reasons:
1) It's more of the "destroy the opposition," which, as I said before, is a strategy that has worked for the GOP for 40 years and that, I hope, has just been resoundingly repudiated.
2) No one cares about Ayers except the core of the GOP.
3) You can't make an argument for inexperience and not make an argument for "more of the same." It also doesn't help that at the same time people were making the tortured argument that Palin was super-experienced that it was abundantly clear that she was stunningly ill equipped.
This is the problem, SDW, that adda and I pointed out earlier when we were laughing at Redstate. The GOP doesn't need to rethink strategy. It needs to rethink itself, its coalition, and how it campaigns.
Some advice (since y'all do it every time the Dems lose)
Step one: tell the evangelicals to fuck off.
Step two: elevate the libertarian wing of the party.
Step three: cut out the wedge issues.
Oh, and clearly, move to the left.