James, I don’t care how much an Obama appearance in Alaska (or Wyoming, or Texas) might help some down-ticket Democrats, or how much money he has to burn, a presidential campaign is a presidential campaign. If Obama were a popular incumbent, running for re-election with a 15-point lead in the polls, it might make sense for him to try to “share the love” without regard for his own political fortunes. But the Gallup poll indicates a neck-and-neck race, and there are only so many campaign days between now and Nov. 4.
Team Obama does not necessarily need to follow the swing-state pattern of recent elections scrupulously, but they do need to target states based on legitimate strategic value to their campaign — and it is very difficult to see any value in sending Obama to Anchorage. The logistics alone argue against it.
In fact, assuming that David Plouffe hasn’t gone completely bonkers, I think it safe to say that this talk of Alaska — and Wyoming and Texas — is just that, talk. Either Plouffe’s trying to head-fake the McCain campaign off-balance, or else he’s trying to deceive Democrats (and their media minions) into believing that Team Obama is such a mighty juggernaut that the candidate can afford to kill time in Wyoming to help local Democrats, rather than campaigning in a state he might actually win. I frankly think they’re over their heads, they know it, and they’re talking this bold talk as a facade to hide their own panic.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online