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His advisers would certainly say no, that they always assumed the presidential race would be close and hard fought. But it’s not too much to believe that at Obama’s Chicago headquarters and on his campaign plane, the team did not fully appreciate the Republican position.

It’s fair to say they never anticipated that McCain would roll the dice in the way he did when selecting a vice presidential running mate. Who did? The Obama team’s first reaction was curt and indifferent, an apparent sign of over confidence inside the operation that was quickly submerged by the more modulated reactions from the candidate himself. But in its dismissive initial response, the Obama campaign was signaling its belief that McCain had taken a foolish risk.

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So the vice presidential competition is canada goose on sale for black friday one area where Obama miscalculated his rival’s daring. The Palin choice may yet prove canada goose outlet store calgary to be the mistake that many initially said it would be, but in the short run, McCain has achieved much more than even he might have expected more energy, more enthusiasm, more money, more attention.

canada goose factory sale The second area where Obama may have underestimated McCain is in the kind of campaign the Republicans would run. Democrats routinely talk about knowing that Republicans will throw everything at them in a general election, then they respond with some surprise when it happens. canada goose factory sale

cheap Canada Goose McCain’s new team, led by Steve Schmidt, is fearless in the face of criticism that they are running on phony issues, false charges and negative ads that don’t tell the truth. The chorus of criticism this week has been deafening, from Obama, from Democrats, from the media. But it has done nothing to turn Team McCain in a different direction. Their combination of audacity in attack and playing the victim in defense has been breathtaking. cheap Canada Goose

McCain’s team is both unafraid and reckless, but they love the chaos they’ve touched off. There is nothing orderly about what they’re doing, just a relentless barrage of statements, e mails, conference calls, Internet ads, cable interviews and political chaff designed to batter Obama and feed the media’s insatiable appetite for combat and conflict, the more outrageous the better.

Through all this, the Obama team has tried to keep its compass set straight. They’ve heard all this before, canada goose uk office this hand wringing and second guessing inside the Democratic family. They heard it last September when the polls weren’t moving. They heard it after losing New Hampshire. They heard it especially after losing the Ohio and Texas primaries. They heard loud and clear during the uproar over Rev. Jeremiah Wright. One thing is clear. They do not panic in Chicago.

But neither are they or Obama oblivious to what is happening. canada goose outlet black friday If they underestimated McCain, if they let down their guard after the long battle with Clinton, if they became complacent or distracted over the summer, particularly after the overseas trip, then the combination of Palinmania and the calendar now have refocused their attention. There cheap canada goose is not that much time left to get the focus where they want it.

A year ago, faced with questions, doubts and criticisms, they responded in two ways. The first was to stick to basic principles, to reassert confidence in their overall plan and to do everything they could to make sure their tactical and ground operations were as smooth running as possible.

Canada Goose Jackets The other was for Obama to step up. He is thoughtful and intelligent and running for president, especially in this election, is a constant process of learning and adapting and improving. Every stage of the campaign has presented different challenges. So, first, it’s likely that Obama is having a serious conversation with himself about what to do and what to say. Canada Goose Jackets

There is a belief outside the Obama campaign that, while the Democratic nominee knows what he wants to say about McCain and the choice for voters, he has lost some of his edge on what he wants to say about himself and how he wants undecided voters to see him. That’s part of the challenge for him now. Can he keep talking economics, economics, economics and still get back some of the aura of being the future oriented candidate of hope and inspiration?

The campaign has shown that Obama is extraordinarily competitive. This is not an intellectual exercise for him. He is determined to win this election if it’s at all possible. That competitive drive will necessarily bring some changes not wholesale changes, but adjustments that will reflect the circumstances in which he now finds himself.

buy canada goose jacket What isn’t possible now is to ignore or underestimate the caliber of the opposition. McCain’s competitive drive is every bit as strong as Obama’s but displays itself in different ways. McCain’s is a combination of inner toughness and visceral derring do. Palin has reinforced those instincts and his campaign is doing everything it can to keep the momentum going. buy canada goose jacket

Obama has been at this now for 19 hard months. At times his focus has drifted but he has proven himself equal to all the challenges. McCain’s challenge may prove no more difficult in the end than Clinton’s. But right canada goose outlet now it is more than Obama may have expected. Now it is his turn and the question is, is he ready?

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American politics is a game. It is not about people, not about policy, not about even personality. It is about two teams playing games with people’s mind. GOP is ruthless and wins everytime, despite putting the country backtrack. I do not blame them, because it is all about winning. People do not like negative ads, yet change their mind because of negative ad. It is horrible to see this country sinking like Titanic, yet people are still voting for GOP. I am thinking about getting out of the ship. They do this every time they seize power, and then try distract the public with non issues. To the Republicans, government is just another mechanism which they abuse to achieve their goal: keep the power in the hands of the wealthy. It’s time for a change. Enough is Enough. It’s time to kick them all out. And he was losing.

Canada Goose sale It takes no “inner toughness and visceral derring do”, in fact not even a “roll of the dice” to make the decision he did. Lack of character and principles will suffice, and do canada goose trillium uk just nicely, thank you very much. Canada Goose sale

2)I wouldn’t call the chorus of the criticism against McCain tactics “deafening”! Near unanimous and vociferous, maybe.

3)I would also https://www.bamschaatsteam.nl not call Steve Schmidt, “fearless” in unleashing the sleaziest campaign ever. He will not pay a price for this. He is making a name for himself, in the only market conservative right which he is emplyoable. He does not have to overcome any fears. shameless, would be a more appropriate adjective.

4)”misunderestimated”, a malapropism, is the blending of “misunderstand” and “underestimate”. You used it as your title just to argue that Obama ‘misunderstood” McCain because he “underestimated” him?? Underestimated his what? “inner toughness.”??

canada goose uk outlet No, I think Obama simply just ‘didn’t get it’ about McCain. As we all hadn’t got it before all this. McCain was not the man he faked out to be. And, that is something that you still seem not to be getting it canada goose uk outlet.

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