Barack Is Back

Barack is back.

The full-court press by Barack Obama is on. His surrogates started going to one-on-one microphone matchups yesterday, unfurling the history of the Keating Five Savings and Loan scandal as if it just happened last week. It is the timing, more than the coordinated effort itself, that seems inspired, coming after a two week effort by the McCain campaign to stop the bleeding on several fronts. With only 60 odd hours before Tuesday night’s debate, the domination of the news cycles by this new twist on the campaign trail narrative will certainly ruffle the feathers of an already irritated John McCain.

I would imagine the campaign has planned for the inevitable push by Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage to somehow connect last weeks O.J. verdict with Barack Obama. This is going to take a bit of imagination, but these guys can’t pass this up. Six Degrees of Separation will become Three Degrees of Taint by Association. Somehow, O.J.’s erratic, attention craving antics will be shoehorned into a box with all the misinformation about Obama, even though O.J.’s temperament and decision-making abilities are in the same league with McCain. If you thought you heard some convoluted logic during last week’s vice presidential debate, you better watch out, because the real bullshit is about to start flying.

But Barack is back, his troops manning up, a body on a body, refuting all Republican talking points almost as fast as they are conceived. Now they are playing a little offense, with a email blast/drumroll to announce in tantalizing fashion the unveiling of a 13-minute documentary called "Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis", available at today at noon, along with background information that every voter should know.

Did the "mavericks" think they were shooting at a sitting duck?

Once again, Barack Obama has changed the game, bringing out the big stick on the back nine, just like Tiger Woods does when he knows its time to put some distance between him and the rest of the field. The size and strength of his organization, with almost 40 million dollars and three hundred and fifty paid staffers in Florida alone, have begun to trump the McCain organization at almost every turn out in the field, rendering even the voter suppression tactics the GOP is famous for all but moot in the face of the largest voter registration drive in America’s history.

George Will made a very cogent point on the George Stephanopoulos show yesterday. He said "Barack Obama will be the beneficiary of the biggest mailout in political history in the next couple of weeks – the 401(k) statements that will be hitting mailboxes all across America." Will feels that for many who are uncertain or undecided, seeing the dramatic drop in the account balances of their 401(k)'s will be the final push many people need to start believing that ii really is time for a change, putting one of the last nails in the coffin of the McCain campaign.

Barack is back.

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