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Yo Momma So Ugly, McCain Pulled Out Of Her

The McCain camp is understood to be making tough decisions on where to campaign in the dying days of the race, now regarding Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa as falling out of Senator McCain’s reach. All three states voted for George W.Bush in 2004.
Australian News

McCain is concentrating all his efforts on a last-ditch attempt to win Pennsylvania, in an attempt to squeak by in the election. As 538 notes, his campaign has also stopped allocating money to ads in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Maine and Minnesota. See also the CNN article on giving up on colorado which raises the point:

The McCain campaign is looking at an Electoral College strategy heading into the final two weeks that has virtually no room for error and depends heavily on a dramatic comeback in Pennsylvania, which hasn’t backed a Republican for president in 20 years.

In some ways, I think the big victor of this campaign is the 50 state strategy that the democratic party switched to using in 2006. Howard Dean’s strategy was to campaign in all the states and try to win in all the states rather than to come up with a game plan for winning just slightly more than 50% of the electoral votes (which was the plan of the RNC (Republicans) and the DLC — a splinter group of democrats run by the Clintons distinguished from the DNC (what folks usually think of when they think Democrat.))

McCain, because he had the now traditional2 ‘win just enough’ strategy1, has been acting on following through with winning the key states and not trying hard in the states he didn’t need to win. Palin, perhaps, is symptomatic of this strategy — since you’re only trying to win the states where you need to win (considering anything else as a bonus), you have to concentrate on appealing to and getting out the base and not the country overall. This is also what conceptually drives the idea of ‘real america.’ Those plans are now upset and he’s now struggling with the narrowing alternatives.

Obama benefits by the work that the Democrats generally have been doing over the last several years, and also by his own campaign, which is quickly becoming omnipresent in towns and areas where you wouldn’t expect them. As the tide comes in, you note other things, like McCain using call centers and having trouble getting volunteers to fill its call centers while Obama’s campaign is relying on volunteers.

Obama’s campaign is a return to the idea sloganeered by “democracy is an efficient marketplace of ideas,”4 which is why he’s been moving slowly to the center as the general election proceeds while McCain’s “control from the strong position” strategy moves followers of it inexorably further out to the edges.3 This also gets reflected in the rhetoric — while Obama is now comfortably claiming traditional republican talking points like the middle class and taxes, McCain has the wilder route of negative campaigning left because he has to make sure that all his constituents are as motivated as possible to show up by whatever means he can dredge up.

So, I guess we’ll see.

On a lighter note, hilarious hockey advertisement tangentially related to this post.

1 and also an inheritor of the GOP’s anti-african american Southern Strategy.
2 whose recent implementation was the brainchild of Karl Rove.
3 WJ Clinton’s campaign being an exemplar of this, as he would sit on the center and seize on ideas from both sides like they were hot interns.
4 I lifted this phrase from Tongodeon.

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