Conservative blogger outlines GOP attack plan for Obama
Barack Obama appears to be riding high after winning his ninth and tenth primary contests in a row on Tuesday night in Wisconsin and Hawaii. And while Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign may be struggling to knock the Illinois senator off stride, all indications show that Republican political strategists are gearing up for their own attacks on the candidate if he sustains his momentum.
In a blog post at the National Review Online, reporter Jim Geraghty asked the question, "Once you take away Barack Obamaís likeabilityÖ whatís left?"
Geraghty argued in the Tuesday post that Obama is highly vulnerable to a set of criticisms that can only be made by Republicans, and that once they are deployed, they will reverberate with voters around the country and end the idea that Obama is untouchable.
John McCain can point out that Obama wanted to make it a felony if your gun is stolen from your residence and used in a crime, if the government determines you did not ďsecurely storeĒ the weapon. Hillary Clinton canít.
John McCain can point out how Obama opposes a ban on partial birth abortion ban, and who voted against a bill that would require medical care for aborted fetuses who survive. Hillary Clinton canít.
John McCain can point out how Obama was the only state senator to oppose a law that prohibited early prison release for sex offenders. For some reason, Hillary Clinton hasnít.
John McCain can point out that Barack Obama has been rated the most liberal lawmaker in the U.S. Senate by National Journal. Hillary Clinton canít.
As Geraghty goes on to explain, "In other words, the only information most Americans have encountered regarding Obama so far has been gushing press coverage, and ineffective attacks on him from Hillary from the left. Conservatives have not, by and large, focused their ire on ObamaÖ mostly because he ainít her."
Senator McCain himself seemed ready to contrast his candidacy with that of Senator Obama in his victory speech on Tuesday night after winning the Wisconsin primary.
"I'm not the youngest candidate. But I am the most experienced," he said. "I know what our military can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how Congress works, and how to make it work for the country and not just the re-election of its members. I know how the world works."
Republican activists also played up the experience theme.
"In November, American voters wonít have to decide between a candidate with no experience and a candidate who is untrustworthy," said Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan in a statement after Obama's victory. "I am confident Americans will choose the most qualified candidate to take on the big issues our nation faces, and that candidate is not Barack Obama.Ē
McCain's wife Cindy also took a shot at Obama's wife Michelle on Tuesday, highlighting her remark that "for the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country."
"I am proud of my country," McCain's wife said Tuesday in Wisconsin. "I donít know about you? If you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country."