Some people might suspect that it’s just “the biased liberal media”, but I’m not so sure. I remember 4 years ago when Al Gore was getting all of the heat for being a heartless, robotic, tree-hugger. In the Bush/Gore race, it seemed like there was a greater balance in the political ecosystem than there is now.
I suspect that this race has boiled down to a large number of mistakes by Senator McCain, Governor Palin, and the people actually running the campaign, and I’ve accumulated a list of thematic discussions which I believe have characterized the race and shaped the election.
- Cops: McCain Worker Made Up Attack Story – CBS News reports that a John McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter “B” scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack, police said Friday.
- McCain Campaign Violated McCain-Feingold law with Palin Clothing Purchases – In what has to be one of the most embarrassing turn of events for the McCain campaign thus far, it appears that in purchasing $150,000 worth of clothes for Sarah Palin and her family, McCain and his campaign and/or the RNC have violated the 2002 McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act.
- Making Sure Every Vote Isn’t Counted – Accusations of mass voter disqualifications, “legalized vote suppression”, disqualifications based on grammatical errors made by the state, and more are not helping Republicans in general.
- Joe McCain is not helping his brother John – 911 calls cursing at the police, jokes about Virginians being communists, nasty e-mails… it’s like Billy Carter all over again!
- Al Qaida Web site Endorses McCain – Senior advisers to John McCain on Wednesday lashed out at the news that a prominent al-Qaida sympathizer is rooting for their candidate.
- New Questions Over McCain’s Health, Times Reports – Last May, McCain’s campaign and doctors released nearly 1,200 pages of medical information, far more than the three other nominees. But the documents were released in a restricted way that leaves questions, even confusion, about his cancer.
- Prominent Republicans Line Up Behind Obama – Charles Fried, a Harvard Law professor and former Solicitor General in the Reagan administration, Scott McClellan, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, Ken Adelman, a prominent conservative on foreign policy matters and more.
- Palin says Obama friendly with terrorists – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin accused Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday of “palling around with terrorists,” in the latest sign the campaign is turning increasingly nasty.
- McCain supporters constantly calling Obama Un-American – In this video McCain is forced to stick up for Obama twice in one rally when supporters attack Obama’s patriotism. The Obama camp claims this is the norm.
- Palin paints picture of “American” and “Un-American” parts of country – Among Colin Powell’s reasons for endorsing Barack Obama was a criticism of the Republican Party and the McCain campaign’s attempts to paint Obama and his supporters as “un-American”. Sarah Palin refers to “pro-American” parts of the country and to McCain supporters as “patriotic Americans”.
- McCain Criticized for Racial Slur against Asians – “If Sen. McCain had been captured by Nigerians, could he call those people `niggers’ and think he wasn’t going to offend everyone who is black?” Akoi asked. “We can all feel for what he went through, but if that’s his level of sensitivity, I’m very disappointed.”
- Joe the Plumber isnâ€™t really a plumber. And doesnâ€™t make $250,000. – McCain’s choice of unvetted citizens to thrust into the American spotlight has been unfortunate. They all seem to hurt more than help.
The bottom line is that I just don’t see any good news coming McCain’s way. Every story seems to be one of distraction or defection. At some point, you want something to go right for the guy. After all, the only thing I’m likely to remember coming out of the 2008 Republican campaign this year is “Drill baby drill!”