Running To the Right After AllI said that John McCain's campaign has a winning General Election strategy handed to it by Barack Obama after his ignorant remarks about small-town America. In the latest McCain fundraising e-mail, John McCain's campaign circle appears ready to run with that strategy:
A few days ago, at a San Francisco fundraiser, Barack Obama described Americans who live in small towns or other areas that have experienced a loss of jobs as "bitter" people, adding that it didn't surprise him that they, "..cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
These hard working men and women aren't "bitter". They love their country, their faith, their family and their traditions. They are the heart and soul of this country, the foundation of our strength and the primary authors of its essential goodness - Barack Obama should get to know them.
If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions - Senator Obama's liberal, elitist philosophy and John McCain's faith in the small town values that continue to make America great. John McCain will not forget them or write them off. Neither should Barack Obama.
It is a pleasant surprise to see that someone in the McCain camp has finally grown some intestinal fortitude. It is also clear from the tone of this fundraising letter that John McCain is preparing for a General Election in which Barack Obama will be his opponent. McCain appears ready to do exactly what I predicted he would do, which is the reverse of the conventional political norm: He ran to the center in the primaries, but during the General Election John McCain will run to and campaign from the Right.