Saturday, September 06, 2008

New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready

JED Report: Todd Harris, a GOP strategist who is close to the McCain campaign, says Palin won't be available to the press for about two weeks. His defense? She might make "a mistake."
If she goes out and makes a mistake, that is something that [voters will] care about, and that's something that will haunt [McCain] for awhile, so I think this is a smart move.
This has got to be one of the craziest messaging decisions ever: Harris is conceding that Palin's not even ready to be a vice presidential candidate, let alone be president.
I just don't see how they can sustain two weeks of keeping Palin in hiding. Every day the McCain campaign keeps her away from reporters just highlights the fact that they don't think she's ready.
This strikes me as a pretty impressive strategic blunder.
Reader comments:
  • yoda: Great point. If she's not ready to take questions from reporters in September, is she really prepared to be second in command in January?
  • lorisc: If she can't answer questions from reporters, how does she meet with world leaders? Wake up America, this isn't American Idol!
  • eclecticbrotha: When they say "ready" what they mean is "we haven't finished programming her yet."
  • piktor: READY TO STEP IN ON DAY ONE TO DEFEND AMERICA FROM HER ENEMIES! Ready for the media sorta TAKES A LITTLE LONGER! ...People are watching, it is being noticed. You cannot spin a gimmick. It is what it is.

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