Yesterday I remarked how negative and defensive Obama sounded in his latest emails from the campaign trail. Then he stumbled badly. The video of him talking about lipstick and the pig does not make good viewing for his supporters. Let us assume he did not mean to attack his new opponent but her policies, it was still a very ill judged remark and was bound to remind the wider audience that the Republicans had put a woman on their ticket. Meanwhile it reminded the Democrats that he had sidelined Hilary, despite her popularity with half their party.
Yes, people want change Mr Obama. The issue is what change? How would it be brought about? If Mrs Palin wins and is “let loose” on Washington it could be just what is needed. If Mr Mc Cain is up for curbing the voracious appetite of big government to tax, spend and regulate, that would be news. The problem for Obama is his money raisers and advisers are telling him to run negative ads and copy on the Republicans. This just means he loses what made him different from the rest. He loses the image of hope and optimism, and looks like other spin age politicians, raising too much money to pander to what the polls say.