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Sarah Palin, be prepared. Slime machine is set to roll!

Posted on: September 9, 2008

Slime? Bring it on!

Slime? Bring it on!

From the ever-reliable Marc Ambinder comes word that the Obama campaign has put the word out to the Cavalry,  the soft-money funded independent organizations or the 527 groups, as they are called in the brave new post McCain-Feingold world. And that means, watch out Sarah Palin the slime machines are set to roll ..  

Of course, McCAin will earn his share of the barbs, but the brunt of the attack will be on Sarah, for she is the game changer  in the post-convention reality. So, what Hillary bore continuously and patiently for a whole year, will now be barraged at Sarah. Now the news:

 

Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Cavalry

… after a year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not to form them and of suggesting that outside messaging efforts would not be welcome in Obama’s Democratic Party, Obama’s strategists have changed their approach.

…. with less than two months before the election and with the realization that Republicans have achieved financial parity with Democrats, they hope that Democratic allies — what another campaign aide termed “the cavalry” — will come to Obama’s aid.

The Obama campaign can’t ask donors to form outside groups; it can only communicate, through the public and the media, with body language, tells and hints.

…  will no longer object to independent efforts that hammer John McCain, just as, in their mind, the McCain campaign has not objected to those efforts targeted at Obama. “I assume with their 527s stirring, some [Democratic] ones will as well,” another senior campaign official said.

The top two 527s — the Service Employees International Union and America Votes — are liberal in orientation. The SEIU fund has contributed to other 527 efforts, and America Votes has earmarked most of its money for what it calls the “largest grassroots  voter mobilization” in history.  [sic]  The AFL-CIO has budgeted more than $53 million for messaging and turnout efforts and has run a limited flight of ads featuring veterans criticizing McCain. But they’ve shied away from larger-scale campaigns in part because they believe — or believed — that the Obama campaign did not want them mounted.

The campaign cannot coordinate with most outside groups, and they worry that a major 527 effort by Republicans could tilt a balanced electorate toward McCain and erase the resource advantage that Obama and Democrats have accumulated.

Marc Ambinder (September 09, 2008) – Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Cavalry.

A brief but fascinating overview of the world of 527s. We will be hearing of, and from these folks a lot in the next two months.

Sarah, brace yourself!

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