POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Frank Rich: How do you run against flashy flimflam? You don’t.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2008

Frank Rich writes in today’s NYT …

  • the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive.
  • No longer able to remember his principles any better than he can distinguish between Sunnis and Shia, McCain stands revealed as a guy who can be easily rolled by anyone who sells him a plan for “victory,” whether in Iraq or in Michigan.
  • A McCain victory will usher in a Palin presidency, with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney.


Since Palin knows nothing about the issues facing America, her agenda will be force-fed to her by the same people now stuffing her with one-line talking points. That will be our President. A terrifying prospect!

  • The cunning of the Palin choice as a political strategy is that a candidate who embodies fear of change can be sold as a “maverick” simply because she looks the part.
  • How do you run against that flashy flimflam? You don’t.
  • Obama should keep stepping up the blitz on McCain’s flip-flops, confusion, ignorance and blurriness on major issues rather than her gaffes and résumé.
  • If Obama focuses voters on the 2008 McCain, the Palin question will take care of itself.


I’m not sure I agree with Mr. Rich on this point. I think we have to do both. Focus on the differences between the Obama and McCain plans for America. And continue to discredit Sarah Palin’s competence to be our President.

What do you think? Post your comments.


Read Frank Rich’s entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14rich.html?hp


One Response to “* Frank Rich: How do you run against flashy flimflam? You don’t.”

  1. Kerry said

    I had the chance to listen to Politically Direct’s David Bender on XM yesterday and a discussion he was having regarding the Palin Effect. It seems his recommendation to get off the topic of Palin altogether and focus on the lies of the campaign has been heard by Obama as one of his new spots attests to:

    Bender was advocating that at this time people need to trust the Obama campaign strategy, relax and stop fretting about Palin. It’s hard to do that when she’s on the cover of everything, but above all I think Tina Fey’s send up of the hockey mom will get through to a lot of people that simply don’t pay attention to mainstream media.

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