Hillary Clinton will be in attendance at tonight’s debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Hillary will be more than just an audience member.
“If there’s an opportunity to raise the Clinton name, it will be in this debate,” said Morris Reid, a Democratic communications strategist and former Commerce Department official under President Clinton. [snip]
A month ago, Mrs. Clinton’s blue-collar supporters were considered the key to Mr. McCain’s path to victory, and he was making active, public efforts to court them. That has receded, with the Republican mentioning her just once, in the first debate, praising her efforts to work on nuclear power. Mr. Obama has not mentioned her, nor did his running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden. Jr., or Mr. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Mr. Reid said he is surprised Mr. McCain hasn’t tried to do more with Mrs. Clinton’s former supporters.
“McCain’s team has been off of their footing and been off of their game, because they should have played that up. If you look back at the convention they were on their game and playing that up,” he said.
That included ads Republicans ran during the Democrats’ convention using Mrs. Clinton’s own criticisms of Mr. Obama. The ads were released, symbolically, at 3 a.m. – a takeoff on Mrs. Clinton’s own famous primary-season attack ad about whom voters trusted to answer a crisis phone call to the White House. [snip]
Still, Mrs. Clinton remains such a powerful figure that after Mr. McCain last week proposed a mortgage buyout plan in the debate his office leapt to tie it to a proposal Mrs. Clinton had made earlier – even though Mrs. Clinton’s office rejected that notion, and Mr. McCain in the debate said he alone deserved credit. [snip]
Fox News this week asked Mrs. Clinton whether Mr. McCain should follow her lead in taking “the gloves off” in her debates with Mr. Obama, but she said it’s not clear what the Republican can do in this final showdown.
McCain needs to do more than just mention Hillary Clinton. McCain should remind voters that Obama attacked Hillary proposals during the primary which Obama now tries to disguise as his own. McCain also needs to remind American voters that Hillary Clinton has made the same assessments of Barack Obama that John McCain has made. McCain must remind voters, in Hillary’s words, that Obama is a flim-flam con man who does not want his words nor his actions examined.
In the last debate John McCain stated nailing down Sen. Obama’s various tax proposals is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. McCain should not have restricted his critique merely to Obama’s “tax proposals”.
Recall, at the height of the Obama gay-bashing and race-baiting campaign – South Carolina – Hillary Clinton spoke about Obama and his record and accountability:
CLINTON: Well, I couldn’t agree more. But I do think that your record and what you say does matter. And when it comes to…
… a lot of the issues that are important in this race, it is sometimes difficult to understand what Senator Obama has said, because as soon as he is confronted on it, he says that’s not what he meant. [snip]
Now, why is this important? It’s important because I think elections are about the future. But how do you determine what will happen in the future? Well, you have to look to the record, you have to look to what we say in campaigns, and what we have done during our careers.
And I want to be just very explicit about this. We are not, neither my campaign nor anyone associated with it, are in any way saying you did not oppose the war in Iraq.
You did. You gave a great speech in 2002 opposing the war in Iraq. That was not what the point of our criticism was.
It was after having given that speech, by the next year the speech was off your Web site. By the next year, you were telling reporters that you agreed with President Bush in his conduct of the war. And by the next year, when you were in the Senate, you were voting to fund the war time after time after time.
So it was more about the distinction between words and action. And I think that is a fair assessment for voters to make.
McCain should use Hillary’s very own words, in the presence of Hillary, and confront Obama, to his face. Obama will say Hillary is a supporter and accuse McCain of distortion but McCain should come right back and quote Hillary to Obama to his face.
McCain must hold Obama accountable for his words and record.
McCain should remind the American people that Obama did in fact take weeks to come up with a speech that essentially said Obama would attack Pakistan and that Obama did in fact agree to meet with rogue leaders such as Ahmadinejad without preconditions and in his first year in office.
John McCain must hold Obama accountable. John McCain tonight must state that lack of accountability on Wall Street has led to the current economic crisis and that likewise Obama’s entire history and record must be held to account regardless of the “racist” charges which immediately follow.
Let’s make this point clear: McCain must make accountability a central issue. McCain needs to once again repeat that he (and Governor Palin) has made enemies within the Republican Party by holding them accountable too and that Obama will not hold the corrupt elements in the Democratic Party accountable.
McCain has to tie the economy, Wall Street and Chicago cronyism to what bothers Americans about the economic crisis. Americans are disgusted that Wall Street had a wild party making billions for politically well connected individuals and now the American taxpayer must spend trillions to bail out Wall Street partygoers.
But McCain has a case to make which merges the necessary questions about Obama’s character and the necessary answers to the economic crisis.
McCain must make the case that as a political maverick he has taken on his own party and his own party’s interests whereas Obama has never opposed his own corrupt friends.
McCain should acknowledge that his own party and its deregulation policies have contributed greatly to the economic crisis but McCain needs to point out that leading Democrats and Democratic policies must share the blame in the current economic crisis as well.
The difference, McCain must say, is that McCain will fight for the American people against his own party whereas Obama will continue policies that loot the American economy.
McCain has Antoin “Tony” Rezko as an example about what Obama would do in office.
Most importantly, McCain must make the case that when it comes to conflict between his corrupt wealthy benefactors and his constituents Obama will side with his corrupt wealthy benefactors. McCain tonight must make the case that Obama will side with Wall Street friends against bitter Main Street American.
Tonight Obama will try to bamboozle Americans and once again try to rewrite what he himself has said to a now famous plumber. McCain better not let him get away with it. McCain needs to use Obama’s very latest words to demonstrate how the Obama flim-flam works. Hillary Hater Charles Hurt of the New York Post on what Obama said:
The fracas over Obama’s tax plan broke out Sunday outside Toledo when Joe Wurzelbacher approached the candidate.
Wurzelbacher said he planned to become the owner of a small plumbing business that will take in more than the $250,000 amount at which Obama plans to begin raising tax rates.
“Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” the blue-collar worker asked.
After Obama responded that it would, Wurzelbacher continued: “I’ve worked hard . . . I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I’m buying this company and I’m going to continue working that way. I’m getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American Dream.”
“It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama told him. “I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success, too.
Then, Obama explained his trickle-up theory of economics.
“My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
Critics said Obama let the cat out of the bag.
“It’s clear that his main goal is redistribution of wealth, not growth,” said Andy Roth with the anti-tax group Club for Growth. “He’s perfectly happy to destroy wealth as long as he can redistribute it.”
Obama has been meticulous, Roth said, to conceal the “socialistic” nature of his tax plans. “But every once in a while, he lets it slip,” he said.
Republican candidate John McCain yesterday charged that Obama’s comment was telling.
“This explains how Senator Obama can promise an income-tax cut for millions who aren’t even paying income taxes right now,” he said in Pennsylvania.
“My plan isn’t intended to force small businesses to cut jobs to pay higher taxes so we can ‘spread the wealth around.’ My plan is intended to create jobs and increase the wealth of all Americans.”
If McCain believes what Obama said to plumber Joe Wurzelbacher is wrong McCain must confront Obama on this issue. When Obama tries to wiggle out of what he said, what he meant, what he really wante to say (remember WORM – What Obama Really Meant) McCain must use the moment to show American voters the Obama flim-flam technique.
Hillary: Obama is a mystery candidate on many of his positions. “It’s hard to know exactly … where he stands, and people need to ask that and to give that information to the voters,” Clinton told reporters in Manchester.
For the past 2 years Obama has campaigned and spent close to half a billion dollars selling himself. For the past 2 years Americans have seen many pro-Obama advertisements but rarely if ever have Americans seen, let alone heard, from any Obama life-long friends.
That is not to say we have never seen Obama friends. We have seen Obama friends that Obama has tried to hide from our sight. The names of the only long time Obama friends Americans have heard from are Ayers, Rezko, and Wright.
Ayers, Rezko, and Wright are Obama’s friends of more than 20 years. Obama is doing with these friendships what he has done with his history, record, books, votes, words and actions – rewrite the truth.
Obama’s real words on meeting with rogue leaders like Ahmadinejad, attacking Pakistan, his mansion purchase, his rise sponsored by Chicago cronyism and his Chicago machine wife, his long-time bomber friend Ayers, his long-time benefactor and bag man Antoin “Tony” Rezko, or his pastor/mentor Jeremiah Wright – Obama is busy spending half a billion dollars to bamboozle and flim-flam the American voter.
Obama is now busy trying to rewrite his history with ACORN and attempting to say that no actual voting has taken place so Americans should not bother informing themselves with the latest long-time Obama friend/benefactor/employer.
McCain has to talk about the economy and differentiate himself from Barack Obama. Most importantly McCain has to make the case that he can be trusted to take on Wall Street and both political parties on behalf of the American people. McCain must also make the case that Obama cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be believed.
After eight years of Republican looting of the economy, McCain must make the case that Obama would also loot the economy on behalf of his friends.
McCain must say that on the economy, Ayers, Rezko, Ahmadinejad, Wright and ACORN, Obama cannot be trusted.