Thursday, July 17, 2008

The fundraising phenomenon continues

By Creature

Obama brought in $52 million for June. Not bad for a slow, post-primary, summer month when people are focused elsewhere. And, as far as giving goes, I'm with Libby. I think it's time to throw some money Obama's way. His Iraq, Afghanistan, and terror framing has been dead-on of late and deserve a little support.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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  • I would if I could. As you know, non-Americans (or non-permanent residents, which I used to be but am no longer) are not permitted to contribute. But I applaud everyone who does.

    Obama has been strong of late -- post-FISA, that is. I still worry about his positioning on Iraq. I think it's admirably full of nuance, as is appropriate given the complexity of the situation, but his new emphasis on stability is concerning. It's one thing for positions to evolve, another for previous positions to be expunged.

    (And yes, I am being critical of Obama here.)

    Otherwise, what concerns me is that Obama has largely been on the defensive of late. This is due in large part to the fact that the elections is being framed as a sort of referendum on Obama by the media, allowing McCain to avoid criticism. So much of the attention is on Obama that he's constantly being put in a position to defend himself.

    But he needs to go on the offensive. For example, targeting McCain on immigration, where he seems to be all things to all people (pro-amnesty to Hispanics and the business community, anti-immigration to the base) and on issues like health care (for example, HHS's plan to treat contraception like abortion, as LindaBeth discussed in a recent post). If the media won't do it, he needs to do it. All of this might change once the campaign gets underway in earnest, and once Obama has a chance to (re-)introduce himself to voters, but he needs to start now.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 1:47 PM  

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