October 28, 2008
Strengthening Mac's 'Fear The Redistributor' MessageBy Marc Sheppard
John McCain's use of his opponent's past words to expose the Socialism in his current dreams would be far more effective a vote-swayer were he to make clear why a President Obama might prove uniquely capable of realizing his Leftist vision. What's more -- such a strategy would likely bolster GOP forces on their state race fronts as well.
Just one day after a disastrously tongue-tied Sunday interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw, John McCain delivered what was perhaps his most powerfully effective speech of the campaign to date. Picking up on the day's buzz over Obama's revealing 2001 Public Radio interview, yesterday afternoon's Dayton, Ohio Mac Attack quickly turned to the hot topic of wealth redistribution:
Mac the Budget Knife Vs Barack the Redistributor
Indeed, with a week to go and a 7-year-old potential Obama immunity idol newly in hand, hammering this theme home and hammering it hard must be job one. But augmenting it with the unbridled powers The Redistributor would wield should sufficient down-ticket candidates ride his super-coattails is of equal if not greater consequence.
McCain touched upon this in an earlier Monday speech he delivered in Cleveland -- christening Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi "a dangerous threesome," and offering this clear distinction:
Flanked by economic heavyweights Mitt Romney and ex-EBay chief Meg Whitman, he briefly warned of the filibuster-proof "supermajority" the Democrats would achieve should they attain just 9 more Senate seats.
Good Start. But making crystal clear that nearly everything -- including Socialist tax policies -- passed by the Democrat-controlled House would be all but guaranteed enactment as law should Obama prevail and Senate Dems realize their supermajority is critical to not only McCain's, but the broader GOP campaign in the bargain. Particularly in swaying "independents" - who tend to complain about gridlock almost to the same extent their votes reflect an adverse proclivity to embrace it.
With much of the electorate likely unaware of either a supermajority's implications or its very possible imminence, both should be shouted repeatedly and loudly from all reachable rooftops. As should the fact that the Left's filibuster-ending goal post has just been moved decidedly closer to their scrimmage line.
Just hours after McCain's Dayton speech, Ted Stevens of Alaska was found guilty of corruption charges, essentially handing his opponent, Democrat Mark Begich, the Senate seat he's held since 1968. With New Mexico, Colorado and Virginia all poised to flip Democratic, the super-majority magic number now stands at an uncomfortable 5.
In Kentucky, Mitch McConnell remains ahead -- but is by no means out of woods. In Minnesota, tragic comedian Al Franken's challenge to Norm Coleman is somehow too close to call. And Oregon Republican Gordon Smith has recently fallen 3 ½ points short of the state's House Speaker Jeff Merkley.
In North Carolina, the once resilient Elizabeth Dole trails Democrat Kay Hagan by 2 points and faces a resource-strong Obama get-out-the-vote push. Georgia's Saxby Chambliss battles similar vote drive machinery while attempting to hold his meager 2.2 point advantage over former state representative Jim Martin. Yes -- Mississippi's special election currently has Republican Roger Wicker up by 5, but his opponent's economic good-times gubernatorial term (2000-2004) may ultimately prove a deciding factor.
And with Jeanne Shaheen now leading John Sununu by more than 8 points in New Hampshire, these remaining horse races are fundamental to preventing the "dangerous threesome's" Socialist wishes and Nanny-State dreams. Not to mention Union domination, Green-insanity inspired energy policies, restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, a liberalized, more activist Supreme Court, and military strategies dictated largely by war-protestors.
The Dems, of course, are downright giddy over such prospective power, as instantly evident all over Hillary's beaming face stumping here [Video] for Al Franken, touting the 60 Votes they'll need "to turn our economy around."
Oh they'll turn it around all right -- around 1929.
Moving into this final week, both team McCain and the RNC must launch a comprehensive effort to get the message out for the benefit of all GOP candidates - not to mention the future of our nation: The election of The Redistributor would launch a tax-and-spend-and-cut-and-runaway train.
But the election of an unbridled Redistributor would launch a virtually unstoppable one.
Marc Sheppard is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and welcomes your comments.