An interesting view from the inside?

Frankly, I don’t know if this is the real deal or not, but if it is real, it’s certainly worth serious consideration, both before and after the election.  It purports to come an anonymous Obama staffer, who started as a Hillary supporter.  She writes about her disillusionment with the Obama campaign, offering facts to support her contention that it’s all a very dangerous shell game.  Some excerpts:

Biden, by the way, has been a disaster inside the campaign. Everyone cringes whenever he gives an interview, and he creates so many headaches as the campaign has to stay on their toes in order to disseminate information and spin whatever it was he was trying to say.

2 – 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.

3 – Obama’s radical connections. 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.

Read it all.  Send it to friends.  If they’re conservative, they’ll believe it.  If they’re liberal, they’ll say it’s all a lie and that it’s probably disinformation planted by Karl Rove.

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  • Tiresias

    Forgive me, but… crap. Not remotely the real deal.

    Nobody thinks this way, talks this way, or writes this way in ruminative mode, as this purports to be. This was plainly written for pubication, and I would say is disinformation.

    There’s another one going around I just read, which is allegedly from an Obama worker in Pennsylvania, talking about how racist PA is in the Pittsburgh suburbs, how idiot rural red (and racist, natch) the state is as a whole, and how badly Obama is doing – and I’m a lot closer to buying into the idea that one’s perhaps real than I am this one. (I’d link to it, but I read so much crap this morning I frankly don’t remember where it is – y’all can find it pretty easy, I suspect.)

    And it’s all pretty good timing: five days before the election, in the final weekend, and out come the: “Pss’t! here’s the real skinny…” stories from behind the lines, in the trenches, blah-blah-blah.

    I’m conservative: I don’t believe any of it.

  • BobK

    I agree, Tiresias.

    My authenticity alarms all were ringing off the hook. I’d love to believe it, but it just doesn’t read right.