Posted by MataHarley on 1 November, 2008 at 3:07 pm. 39 comments already!


RedState’s server crashed with the amount of traffic that hit the site to read this exposé by a former Hillary supporte who went on to work with Obama. The campaign worker has opted to keep her/his identity secret. My instinct says female, but this is unknown. In the wake of the invasion of Joe the Plumber’s privacy, I’d count that wise. For if they do that to the opposition, what could they have in store for an inside traitor and former member of their campaign? I wouldn’t even dare to imagine.

This is a must read in it’s entirety. But I’ll post some excerpts here.

I’m going to let you in on a few secrets here, and this is not because I enjoy the gossip or the attention directed my way. I’m doing this because I doubt much of you know the true weaknesses of Obama. Another reason for my doing this is that I am lost faith in this campaign, and feel that this choice has been forced on many people in this country. Put simply, you are being manipulated. That was and is our job – to manipulate you (the electorate) and the media (we already had them months ago). Our goal is to create chaos with the other side, not hope. I’ve come to the realization (as the campaign already has) that if this comes to the issues, Barack Obama doesn’t have a chance.His only chance is to foster disorganization, chaos, despair, and a sense of inevitability among the Republicans. It has worked up until now. Joe the Plumber has put the focus on the issues again, and this scares us more than anything.

Interesting that Alinsky’s major thrust of campaign organizing is, and I quote, to “rub raw the sores of discontent”. The interesting twist is while Obama riles up the “have nots” with discontent, and then provides government giveaways to appease them, he attempts to do the opposite for the GOP. He merely hopes to “rub raw” and quit there.

Thus the explanation of the Obama campaign mainstays… the constant comparisons of the Maverick with the much maligned George Bush as it’s centerpiece. On that thrust alone, truth is a casualty here. The battles between McCain are notable, and not readily relayed merely by “votes” without examining specifically what those “votes” addressed. Close to half of those will reveal that Obama, himself, also voted the same way McCain did.

The campaign worker lays out the Obama weaknesses in his/her RedState post. First, INRE Hillary… internal campaign gossip says not offering her the Veep slot was a personal decision of Barack and Michelle Obama, and went against his advisors’ suggestions. And because of this, they are not showing that “unity” from the PUMAs they project thru their pet media.

Hillary voters. Internal polling suggests that at best, we are taking 70-75% of these voters. Other estimates are as low as 60% in some areas – particularly Ohio and western PA. My biggest problem with this campaign’s strategy was the decision NOT to offer Hillary the VP slot. She was ready and able to take this on, and would have campaigned enthusiastically for it. This selection would have also brought virtually all of her supporters into the fold, and the Obama campaign knew it. Though I have no way of knowing this for certain, and I do admit that I am relying on internal gossip, Senator Obama actually went against the advice of his top advisors. They wanted him to choose her, but the only significant opposition to this within the campaign came from Barack and Michelle Obama. In short, he let personal feelings take precedence over what was the most logical thing to do.

The other tidbit that gives one a grin is how they cringe, and go on clean up duty after Biden opens his mouth…

The Obama internal polling belies the news reports of the impact of Sarah Palin. It’s impact on the Hillary voters is negligible, but it’s effect on the GOP base is explosive. And with that completely unexpected pick, they threw the Obama campaign into a tizzy.

Sarah Palin. Don’t believe what the media is telling you about how horrible a choice she was. Again, our internal polling suggest that though she has had a minimal impact on pulling disaffected Hillary Democrats to McCain, she has done wonders in mobilizing the base for McCain.

Another thing – we were completely taken by surprise with her pick. In my capacity in the research department, I looked into the backgrounds of Leiberman, Romney, Pawlenty and Ridge, and prepared briefs. I don’t mind bragging that we had pretty good stuff on all of them. With Leiberman, the plan was to paint him as an erratic old-timer who didn’t have a clue as to what he was doing (pretty much a clone of McCain). In Romney, we had him pegged as an evil capitalist who cut jobs. Pawlenty was going to get the “Quayle treatment”, or more precisely: a pretty face, with no valid experience. Tom Ridge was going to be used to provide a direct link from McCain to Bush. As you can see, we were quite enamored of all of them.

Then the unexpected happened – Sarah Palin. We had no clue as to how to handle her, and bungled it from the start. Though through our misinformation networks, we have successfully taken some of the shine off. But let there be no doubt. She remains a major obstacle. She has singlehanded solidified “soft” Republican support, mobilized the McCain ground game, and has even had some appeal to independents and Hillary voters. This is what our internal polling confirms.

Can I take a moment to insert a “na na nanaaa naaaaaaa” here? Boy that felt good… :0)

Here’s my favorite “weakness”…. the Obama campaign has a detailed plan to “distract” for every mention of Obama’s radical preachers, friends and business associates.

Standards operating procedure has been to cry “racism” whenever one of these has been brought up. We even have a detailed strategy ready to go should McCain ever bring Rev. Wright up. Though by themselves they are of minimal worth, taken together, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfelger, and now, Rashid Khalili, are exactly what the campaign does not need. The more focus on them, the more this election becomes a referendum on Obama.

The campaign strategy from the very beginning was to make this election a referendum on Bush. Strategists have been banging their head on how successfully McCain has distanced himself from Bush. This has worked, and right now the tide is in his favor. People are taking a new look at Barack Obama, and our experience when this happens tells us this is not good news at all. When they take a look at him, one or more of these names are bound to be brought up.

McCain has wisely not harped on this in recent weeks and let voters decide for themselves. This was a trap we set for him, and he never fully took the bait. Senator Obama openly dared him to bring up Ayers. This was not due to machismo on the part of Obama, but actually due to campaign strategy. Though McCain’s reference to Ayers fell flat in the last debate, people in the Obama campaign were actually disappointed that he didn’t follow through on it more and getting into it. Our focus groups found this out: When McCain brings these connections up, voters are turned off to him. They’d rather take this into consideration themselves, and when this happens, our numbers begin to tank.

According to this campaign researcher, there is a “Bradley effect” noted, and the true toss up states are Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa. He/she also says they have next to no chance in the following states: Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Anyone got an electoral map handy? I know how people love to play with the colors….

The final comments are something that comes as no surprise… Obama’s “cyber hit squad”, as I like to call the faithful. And of course, there is the main campaign talking point that we’ve heard from so many here… Don’t you guys get it?

This has been the Obama campaign’s sole strategy from the very beginning! The only way he wins is over a dispirited, disorganized, and demobilized opposition. This is how it has been for all of his campaigns.

What surprises me is that everyone has fallen for it.

You may point to the polls as proof of the inevitability of all of this. If so, you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. How did we skew these polls, you might ask? It all starts with the media “buzz” which has been generated over the campaign. Many stories are generated on the powerful Obama ground game, and how many new voters were registered. None of this happens by coincidence. It is all part of the poll-skewing process.

This makes pollsters change their mixes to reflect these new voters and tilt the mix more towards Democratic voters. What is not mentioned or reported on is not the “under-reported cell phone users or young voters” we hear so much about. What is underreported is you.

This campaign worker officially lost the taste for an Obama presidency during the unfair and sexist campaign against Sarah Palin. No clue who he/she would vote for, since this worker did state major disagreements with Palin’s policies.

But we sure know this is one campaign worker who won’t be voting for Obama.

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