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Will Russia Help McCain?

Posted in Politics by Michael LaBossiere on August 21, 2008

While Obama has been leading McCain in recent polls, his lead has been slipping away (or perhaps not-polling is not an exact science). Obama might be able to keep or even expand his lead by picking the right VP candidate. He recently announced that he had decided, but seems to be milking the news cycle by not saying who he has selected.

Meanwhile, McCain is looking for a way to close the gap. McCain enjoys a commanding lead in one important area: voter perception of each candidate’s ability to deal with Russia. McCain’s military experience gives him a clear advantage here.

It is natural to wonder why McCain is not so well regarded when the subject changes to Iraq. This is because the Iraq war is not particularly popular and Obama has been able to tap into that. Many Americans regard the Iraq War as something that we need to get out of and McCain has made it clear that he is willing to keep America there as long as it takes. In this case, Obama’s lack of military credentials does not hurt him-he wants to end the war rather than fight it.

In the case of Russia, we are not yet embroilled in an active war and many Americans still remember the Cold War. As such, McCain’s fighting spirit is no doubt looked on as a positive asset.

In order to counter this, Obama needs to keep the focus on domestic issues (linking Bush and McCain works well here) and the Iraq War. Obama also needs to improve his appearance in regards to his ability to deal with Russia. Perhaps his VP choice will help him in this regard.

For McCain, the more active Russia becomes, the better it is for his election chances. If voters see a cool war starting up, McCain might be able to ride the Bear into the White House. If Russia eases up, then McCain will lose this advantage over Obama.

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  1. Daniel said, on August 21, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    The assassination of Benazeer Bhutto helped him in the primaries… so why wouldn’t the Russia issue help him again? Or even any invasions of Iran, or a crazy last ditch effort by Bush to go out guns a blazin in North Korea? All of these scenarios would help Mccain because Mccain will institute the draft either way.

  2. Dr. Ted Baehr said, on August 21, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Russia won’t help McCain. Al Qae’ida would help their old chum Obama in a second, but no chance the Commies in Russia will do a thing to help McCain win. If McCain needs help all he has to do is contact George W. Bush’s friends at Diebold and get them to fix another set of electronic voting machines (just not in Florida or Ohio this time, please!) and we’ll take another step away from true democracy.

  3. magus71 said, on August 23, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Mccain will institute the draft? Ha HA HA…. The internet is clogging people’s minds.
    One more step away from democracy….right.

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