Polling Isn’t Strategy

Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling has some advice for the Obama campaign:

Here’s a list of selected North Carolina metropolises that are more populous than Wasilla:

Waynesville, Dunn, Mt. Holly, Washington, Holly Springs, Pinehurst, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Hendersonville, Southern Pines, Tarboro, Smithfield, Hope Mills, Newton, Indian Trail, Graham, Wake Forest, Cornelius, Boone, Reidsville, Mint Hill, Albemarle, Clemmons, Eden, Henderson, Carrboro, Roanoke Rapids, Elizabeth City, Morganton, Morehead City, Garner, Lenoir, Kernersville, Mooresville, Shelby, Lexington, Apex, Thomasville, Lumberton, Asheboro, Matthews, Havelock, New Bern, Sanford, Statesville, Kinston, Huntersville, Monroe, Salisbury, Laurinburg, etc.

So here’s my challenge to the Obama campaign: these towns represent pretty much every TV market in the state, and I bet an equally ridiculous sounding lists of cities bigger than Wasilla could be produced in almost every other state that they’re targeting. Get a group of friendly Mayors to do a press conference in every one of those markets the day of Palin’s nomination speech and talk about how they’re evidently qualified to hold the second highest office in the land two years from now.

The only trouble with this plan is that I’m willing to bet that at least a couple of these mayors do think they’re qualified to be vice president.

Never underestimate the ego of a politician.

5 Responses

  1. Palin is a governor. I’m not sure I understand the obsession with identifying her with a former job title. You don’t see people calling Obama “That baskin robin’s guy”.

    In addition, it is not a wise move for the Obama campaign to try and make this election about experience, given both his status at the top of the ticket and very limited experience.

  2. Sarah Palin is certainly less experienced that Obama, but if Obama spends his time running against the Republican VICE Presidential nominee, he will lose. Going after Palin may help the perception of Barack’s own lack of experience…but it takes the focus of McCain and puts it directly onto Barack’s own lack of experience. If they stay on this too long, it will be a mistake.

  3. Obama has nothing to show as experience! What has he done since being in politics? Nothing on his own! Nothing!

  4. as a liberal, I agree with fredsheim’s first sentence.

    imthenimrod made a good point, I actually wrote a post on why Palin is hard to target in an attack, check it outhttp://culturedecoded.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/is-obama-scared-of-sarah-palin/


  5. […] Don’t Jump Posted on September 1, 2008 by gronberg Wow, post a list of small towns in North Carolina and watch your hit count jump. Who knew blogging was that […]

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