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Welcome to NewsWatch
Welcome to a new daily segment on DemConWatch. My name is Gabe Stein, and I spend most of my free time reading articles about the election - a lot of articles. I recently started calculating the number, and it's scary: I generally go through 50 to 100 articles per day. Yeah, I'm a total junkie, but in order to put the obsession to good use, I decided to volunteer to contribute to DemConWatch for the next seven weeks.
What you'll see from me is a daily dose of the top campaign stories from each news cycle, culled from hundreds of sources. While I can't promise to never miss a story, I'll try not to miss many, and more importantly, I'll intelligently synthesize the information by working to identify emerging common narratives in the otherwise unconnected mass of material. There's a theory that if you flood your mind with enough information, you're able to step back from the fray and find bigger trends you would have otherwise missed. Let's see if that works.
Of course, I invite you to provide your own analysis and point out anything I may have missed. So without further adieu:
Trends and Tremors
McCain's team has been masterfully manipulating language from the early days of the primary season, when McCain tried to counter Hillary by increasing his use of the phrase "Lady Liberty." Now, we're seeing an increased use of fear and protectionist rhetoric when McCain talks about the economy. Aside from the well-publicized "strong fundamentals" gaffe, most of McCain's economic message is grim. He blames "greed and corruption" on Wall St., his latest ad says that we're in a "crisis," and his stump speech talks about "tough, tough times." It's clear to me that McCain is systematically trying to liken the current economic struggles to a war, which plays into McCain's war hero strength. Only McCain can protect you, his new ad proclaims:
"I won't tolerate a system that puts you and your family at risk...I'll keep them safe."
The big news is the bailout of AIG, and McCain is again blaming Regulatory Agencies. But is he for or against the bailout? And why, if he knows who to blame, does McCain think we need a commission to study what went wrong? Maybe we need a commission to study McCain's stance on the economy.
"now he tells us that he’s the one who will take on the ol’ boy network. The ol’ boy network? In the McCain campaign, that’s called a staff meeting."
The increasingly violent and negative tenor of the campaign is taking a toll on both candidate's resources this month. That's why Obama raised
We hear a lot about Palin's effect on GOP fundraising, but what about Democrats pressed into donating against her? The AP article mentions that Obama raised $10 million after her candidacy was announced, and today's Reuters/Zogby poll talks about the reverse Palin affect, and has Obama +2 in a Thursday-Saturday measure.
But the big questions is, will it effect the election? I doubt it - the MSM isn't giving it a lot of play and the bill probably won't even be passed before the next recess.