On October 19th, out of London came the article where this attack began. The article’s title gives the misleading impression that Obama has become overconfident in his standings and has written off the election as a guaranteed win. Republicans jumped on the opportunity, stating that Obama’s lead is minimal and will close as the election nears. Quite possible but not really the point.
The issue with this response is the spin that the McCain campaign is going after. Obama is leading, no doubt there, but there was no indication from this article that he was picking his cabinet or treating the race as being over. Even more so, Obama has picked up the pace recently in rounding his troops, letting the people and his advisers know that sitting back will lose them this race. They cannot rest till the election is over. Being up 10 points, others would be more optimistic but it appears he is taking little chance in the matter.
Back to the discrepancy.
The article in reference discusses the idea of what an Obama cabinet might look like if elected, specifically that there are a long list of A listers looking to be involved and a great deal of high ranking Republicans being considered. Is this a sign of confidence? Not really. Two things are majorly at play. One, speculation – the mere impression that he is looking at a cabinet shows directly or indirectly to the press and people that he understands his role, where he is, the is planning for the best. Secondly, and I think more importantly – he is reaching across the partisan lines and letting the public know he is entertaining a great deal of Republican big wigs for important posts in his administration. Whether he carries through or not is in-material, but people will believe that if they do vote for him, they will see a more bi-partisan administration than the last 8 yrs, reflecting a greater degree of democracy.
Again and again I read these articles with no understanding of the reasoning. Do the parties and the advisors think that the people that follow and read are that stupid to be turned by a simple article that was written in a non-national paper with a title that leads little to the substance of the writing. I stay confused at McCain’s campaign even spending the time jumping on something like this, knowing that even with the smallest of investigation you will quickly see that was not his adversary’s intent. Loss of respect and a waste of money is all I see from the time spent going after this one. Check for the Democrats.
Jason Monastra is an entrepreneurial professional, building his foundational principles on the Christian faith. His political views maintain traditional morale values with a mix of both conservative and liberal views on economic policy and other government intervention.
Jason Monastra maintains the political blog, http://www.justliars.com – which looks to disclose the truth on major political issues with a focus on bringing out facts on issues that appear not to be presented at face value by the main stream media.