Barack Obama’s Campaign Managers: Seth and Ray

20 Mar

Barack Obama

Seth: For the first time since February, Hillary Clinton is leading Barack Obama in national polls. As this was reported by CNN, it does not say who was polled or how many people were polled, but she is leading 49-42 (+/- 3). The poll is significant because to many it shows the damage done by his pastor, the Rev. Wright in what many perceived to be racist, un-American comments (I disagree) from his pulpit.

However the polls are unimportant for two reasons: 1. they’re polls (remember New Hampshire?) and 2. because amongst Democrats, there are only 10 remaining contests (not counting Michigan and Florida).

Currently, Obama is in the lead with the a majority of contests and delegates won over the junior Senator from New York. Some dramatic event notwithstanding (let’s all hope this recent flap isn’t that event), Obama will maintain his lead in delegates going into the Democratic Convention in Denver this summer.

However neither he nor Clinton will have the requisite 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Even though Obama will lead in delegates, super delegates may be swayed by a string of Clinton victories. Obama has to put in a lot of work to secure the nomination, and here are some of the top things he will have to do:

1. Overcome the issue of race – Obama has never based his candidacy on being the Black candidate. Doing that would have doomed his candidacy from the start. But he is at a point now where he must combat the statements made by his pastor.

One of the problems with Obama’s campaign is that he hasn’t successfully made any inroads in disproving what is said of him. People will hear two or three comments and either assume that Obama believes him and is racist or anti-American, or think Obama was unreasonable for staying in the congregation. Obama has to make it clear to those who haven’t heard Rev. Wright’s comments or Obama’s speech that he does not subscribe to those beliefs. Obama is at a critical point in the campaign; if he successfully pivots this to a discussion about race that this nation has never had, then he’s good. Otherwise, he will be battling this for quite some time.

2. The perception he is all talk, no solutions – Obama has to show that he can create solutions with policy. He also has to demonstrate his ability to create alliances with a diverse group of people, including Republican lawmakers. This will help him significantly in the general election as well.

3. Win the middle-class – Obama has to win over blue collar workers who identify more with Hillary Clinton. This will help ensure his lead doesn’t diminish greatly to Clinton. Many in this group are uneasy with him. He’s a newcomer and not much is known about him. He has to highlight differences between himself and Hillary without campaigning negatively as she has done. He will also have to chip away at Hillary’s solidifying base of female support, for the same reasons.

4. Emphasize his electability – The Clinton campaign continues to say that voters (but more importantly super delegates) should choose her because she has had success in winning large, diverse battleground states like Texas, Ohio, and California. (For the record, Obama made out with more delegates in Texas than Clinton despite misinformation that she won. He also tied or received more delegates in New Hampshire, Nevada, and Missouri.) Many people (including myself) argue that Obama has better chances in the general election against McCain. Republicans revile Hillary Clinton the way the world reviles President Bush. Democrats aren’t going to sit home if the Democratic nominee is Obama. There is too much at stake.


Ray: There is no reason that Barack Obama should not be the next President of United States. With that said, I feel that recent events have given many voters a sense of “buyers remorse” and they are now looking for reasons to not vote for him. In order for Obama to win, I think he needs to do the following:

1. Defend his honor – People say they want to talk about the issues, but in reality the issues always come second to the candidates character. When questions of Barack Obama’s character arise in public conversation, he was to answer them immediately and with some passion. There are people who wonder if he’s Muslim, doesn’t solute the flag, or has a secret Black power agenda that he’s waiting to unleash once in office. If I were running for President, these questions on my character would have been address and resolved months ago. Stop letting them linger Barack!

2. Don’t let Hillary off the hook – Brack Obama needs to remind people that Hillary Clinton was the First Lady, not the President. She did not attend secret meetings on foreign or domestic policy. She was not asked to make decisions at 3AM regarding national security. Her experience as the First Lady is in fact, more similar to that of being a much older Miss America. Hillary Clinton is also the most divisive of any candidate running. As Seth pointed out, Republicans hate her as much as the New York Knicks hate winning. And because of Bill Clinton scandals of the 90s, Hillary Clinton also hates republicans as much as the New York Knicks love incompetent executives. I would also point out that if she were the President, working with Republicans to pass legislation would be harder than trying to light a match under water. You’re not going to get much done.

3. Don’t concede any territory – I don’t care what the polls say, I would fight for every single state like my life depended on it. I wouldn’t allow the media to tell voters which states they are going to give to Hillary. Screw that! If I’m Barack Obama, I would kindly explain that these voters are being hoodwinked, bamboozled, and essentially, played. If I were him, I would challenge these so-called “Clinton states” to not allow the media to dictate their voting power. Challenge them to follow their heart and vote for a chance to change politics in this country.

4. More Speeches on Policy – If the people say they’re not very sure on where you stand on the issues, then make them understand. Stop letting people guess what your positions are. I know the information is out there and buried within the transcripts of countless debates, but American’s need information fed to them in a variety of ways. Tip: Start text-messaging one-liner facts about your policies to cell phones. It would spread like wild-fire. In short, hammer your policies on people’s head. Even if they don’t understand them, they’ll at least know for sure that you in fact do have substantive policy. I know you do, but there are some people who wouldn’t know a policy if it were something they gave birth to.

5. No more talks about Race – Until after you win the general election. From this point on, keep race out of the elections. You’ve addressed it once, now move on. Otherwise, you will get buried so much in it that people will realize they aren’t ready to deal with the fact that you’re black for 4 years. They’ll also expect to have a never-ending debate about Race in America. Although it would behoove most American’s to have this debate, your campaign should not be its sponsor. Become the President first, and then discuss the issue of race every Saturday at your Presidential weekend BBQ on the White House lawn.

These are our ideas on what Obama needs to do to win form here on out. What are yours?


4 Responses to “Barack Obama’s Campaign Managers: Seth and Ray”

  1. Cats r Flyfishn March 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    Senator Barack Obama needs to spend a little more quality time in PA. The local grassroots volunteers in PA are working hard to get the votes for Obama.

  2. paulanthony60 March 20, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    Al sharpton Jesse Jackson, There are done ,,, they have a double standard,,, when it come to whites and black,, there is racism in the United State, most of it is coming from the Black Americans,,,, How can Al Sharpton say, its ok for black to get imus fired,,, for the comments imus made, but Jeremiah Wright is ok thousands of excuses a double standard,, its time for Jesse and Al to get out of the lime light,,, Had respect for all sharpton,, until I seen him on Oreilly ,, Just like Obama,, I voted for Obama
    in California,, but now when it comes time for the presidency He does not have my vote,, On CNN And Msnbc, I seen alot of barack Obama supporter out there saying
    I Hilary is given the primary,,, with the super delegates,,, Obama supporter are going to Vote for McCain,,, there for OBama lost my Vote, in fact I will Vote for McCain,,
    If OBama wins the primary,,, because

    Barack Obama is a liar,,,

    To all
    Obama speech ,,,, Not sure if you caught Not only did Obama,,, Refuses to denounce him,, but even More,, He say in his own words,,,
    Barack Obama was in church when Jeremiah Wright,, was spewing Anti-American, Racist ism ,,,, Those were his own words,,, barack was there
    After going on keith Oberman ,Show obama said he would denounce that if he heard that language he would leave and not tolerate it , and denounce it
    After he went on MSNBC,, he went on FOX CNN ABC< all the news station saying he was never there,,, in his church when he said these things,,
    But Now today during his speech,,He states flat out Say’s HE was there,,, Last week Barack Obama Lied,, went on all the news stations, and Lied,,
    But your not reporting that,,,, You can rest assure,,, cnn ,,, Fox , ABC,,, Msnbc,, are getting more on this ,,, they will be reporting on this, and we will see
    If you chose to report, Obama Lying on tv,,, If this was Hilary clinton lying and caught lying on all the new station,,, you can be sure,, you would talk about it every hour
    people will be on your station debating this,,,, people analysing , if it is hilary clinton but it was not her it was Barack Obama, ,, it bad enought He lied, about being in church
    With Jeremiah Write, when he said these anti american ,,,,,and still refuse to denounce him…all the news agency want to do is speak on how good his speech was,
    Not that he lied,,, Last week on all the news agency ,, He was never there today in how own speech He say I was there,,,,should play all Obama videos from last week
    stating he was not there,,, or heard any of the anti-american Jeremiah Write, said in his churc then play his speech today saying he was there and he did hear him in church and refuse to denounce Jeremiah Wright..

  3. Candace March 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    Paulanthony60, I think I understand the gist of what you’re saying, but ultimately, your writing is somewhat cryptic. If Obama was just lying to the entire country, and world, as he gave his 35-minute speech, I seriously doubt it’d take long for CNN, Fox, ABC, or MSNBC to get on this. I don’t know where you get the idea that Hillary would be under more scrunity if she was suspected of lying. That might be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. This is a BLACK MAN running for President …. take a moment and think about that. If he was lying, he wouldn’t even have a fighting chance. You’re fooling yourself if you allow this one incident to deter you from continuing to support Obama. Don’t you get it? That’s the whole purpose of these information “leaks”. Rev. Wright has made charged statements before, but now, while Obama’s ahead, THIS was the time to bring it up. And unfortunately, you’re not the only person whose opinion may be swayed as a result.

    If you were listening carefully, you’d know that Obama did denounce those words spoken by Rev. Wright.
    “I have already condemned in unequivocal terms the statements of Rev. Wright …”

    He didn’t agree with them; he thought they were misguided and anti-American. However, Obama did say he cannot DISOWN the man. He’s known the man for more than 20 years and Rev. Wright has been like family to him. He also referred to Rev. Wright as his “former pastor”. That should make it clear that he’s no longer a member of that congregation.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever attended a predominantly Black church, but it’s not uncommon for Pastors or religious leaders to make comments regarding their opinions of government, policy, or race relations from the pulpit. Black churches have always been a pillar in the fight for justice for the Black community, and that doesn’t change when Barack Obama is a member of your church. Those statements don’t make him a bad pastor and they don’t make Obama a racist. I’m sure some member of your family has said something you don’t agree with and you’ve voiced your disagreement, but haven’t disowned them.

    At the end of Obama’s address, he talked about how this distraction can have an awful effect on the election. And he’s right, if you allow this to dissuade you, we’ll still be complaining about the war, sending our kids to terrible schools, trying to avoid foreclosures on our homes, etc. in 4 years when your candidate of choice has left office.

    You should probably listen to Obama’s address again for clarification. The vote is yours to cast. If you think McCain will be upstanding and honest, while he continues to perpetuate the lies we’ve all been told for the past 8 years, then I guess he’s your man.


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