What McCain Is Up Against

1 comment October 15th, 2008at 07:30pm Posted by Eli

This is not a good omen for St. John Of Maverick…

I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well. He’s a guy who’s always thought Obama had a “glass jaw,” and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder.

Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state, showing them the kind of ad he thought would work: A no-holds-barred attack, cut for an independent group, which hasn’t aired.

I’m just going to reprint his amazed e-mail about the focus group:

Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.

Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he’s too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON’T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT…but they STILL don’t give a f***. They said right out, “He won’t do anything better than McCain” but they’re STILL voting for Obama.

The two most unreal moments of my professional life of watching focus groups:

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, NASCAR fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”

That’s how bad it’s gotten for McCain and the GOP.  People are saying, “I don’t care if he’s a terrorist, just so long as he’s not a Republican.”

(h/t Jane; cartoon by Dave Ravenwood)

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Spear and Magic  |  October 15th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    This strongly suggests that Obama might not want to play up the bipartisan, reaching-across-the-aisle kind of stuff. Pallin’ around with domestic terrorists is one thing. Pallin’ around with Republicans, well, that’s beyond the pale.

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