‘Tuesday Evening Quarterback’ Critiques Election

Ronald Reagan -- A real player.

Ronald Reagan: Player.

Call me a “Tuesday Evening Quarterback,” but a review of tonight’s election results show the Republican Party team entered its most-important contest ever with little fan support, a poor game plan and the wrong signal caller lined up behind center.

Team GOP’s shortcomings began with the recruiting process.  When loyal fans on the right side of the field saw John McCain of Arizona selected as both their starting quarterback and defensive captain, they feigned excitement and ticket sales (i.e., campaign contributions) waned.

Deep down, fans of Team GOP wished their recruiters had passed on McCain and the other members of the 2008 recruiting class (i.e., Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani).  They wanted someone who played the game more like Ronald Reagan (right) — perhaps, Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn, a genuine player (i.e., U.S. senator) — to be their starting quarterback (i.e., the nominee).

The team’s woes continued when efforts to scout their chief rival (i.e., conduct opposition research) produced few weaknesses that could be exploited (i.e., allegations that could be proven true to the satisfaction of voters).

Once McCain began calling signals, the Republican offense failed to score both on the ground (i.e., they couldn’t get grassroots Republicans excited) and in the air (i.e., they failed to connect with voters at the receiving end of their campaign messages).  As a result, Team GOP’s defense stayed on the field too long, unable to stop the powerful offense of their more agile — and tech-savvy — opponent.

Only after a popular party girl from Alaska (i.e., Gov. Sarah Palin) joined the team (i.e., accepted the vice presidential nomination) in the fourth quarter did fans show excitement about the game.  Unfortunately, the gap left by poor execution and inept time management during the first three quarters of the game was too large to overcome and prevented Team GOP from defeating the upstart Democratic Party squad led by Barack Obama.

As the game clock winds down, it appears the McCain team’s only hope rests in the successful use of the challenge flag (i.e., lawsuit) to reverse the final score (i.e., vote tally).  Unfortunately for McCain, game officials are likely to be tired and ready to go home after being on the field for most of the past two years.

Barack Obama E-mail Reeks of Fear, Desperation

Click to read at BHO Web Site

Click to read at BHO Web Site

After reading the text of an e-mail (Message from David Plouffe: ‘What you just saw’) sent to supporters of Barack Obama by his campaign manager David Plouffe at 2:44 a.m. Eastern today, I must conclude that Sarah Palin‘s nomination acceptance speech last night left those in the Democratic Party presidential nominee’s campaign afraid and desperate.

As a public service, the entire text of that e-mail appears below in exactly the same format as it appeared on the Obama web site today (minus a link to the Obama campaign donation site):

Dear Friend –

I wasn’t planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response.

I saw John McCain’s attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign.

But worst of all — and this deserves to be noted — they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.

You know that despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the power to build something extraordinary when we come together. Will you make a donation right now to remind them?

Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.

Let’s clarify something for them right now.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

And it’s no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.

Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it’s happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.

Meanwhile, we still haven’t gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.

It’s now clear that John McCain’s campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks — on Barack Obama and on you — are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.

But you can send a crystal clear message.

Enough is enough. Make your voice heard loud and clear by making a donation right now:

(I’m leaving out the link here)

Thank you for joining more than 2 million ordinary Americans who refuse to be silenced.


Interestingly, I must note that it took Obama spin doctors two to three hours longer to craft the e-mail above than it took me to publish three after-the-speech posts — Sarah Palin Nails Speech at Republican Convention, Sarah Palin’s Top 20 Jabs at the Democrats and Links to RNC Speech Transcripts Offered.

As a long-time PR guru and manager of two campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, I can only conclude that the length of time it took for Obama’s handlers to craft a response to the speech stands as evidence of fear and desperation in the Obama camp.

Links to RNC Speech Transcripts Offered

Below are links to transcripts of remarks as prepared for delivery by some of the most well-known speakers in tonight’s lineup at the 2008 Republican National Convention:

  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Meg Whitman
  • Michael Steele
  • Mitt Romney
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Norm Coleman
  • Sarah Palin

It’s Official! Rudy Endorses John McCain

“If I endorsed anyone else, you would say I was flip-flopping.”

“I’m going to campaign with John as much as he wants — or not!”

Rudy Giuliani

The sound bites above, spoken moments ago by Rudy Giuliani as part of his endorsement of fellow Republican John McCain, may have been well-intentioned, but they missed the mark in the opinion of this recovering public relations professional and political campaign manager.

Observing the event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with jaded eyes and ears, I couldn’t help but wonder what Giuliani was thinking early on when he mentioned “flip-flopping.” By mentioning the words that describe McCain so well, Giuliani did the Arizona senator no favor.

Same goes for the second comment above which, in effect, amounted to an offer to stay away from McCain’s campaign. If Giuliani thought he might be a liability to McCain (and it’s clear that he did), he should have kept his comments brief, to the point and, borrowing a word from the ice cream industry, vanilla.

Whether other conservatives interpret the former New York City mayor’s lines the way I did remains to be seen. I know one thing: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee will, and Rudy’s words will likely appear again in campaign television spots during the next six days.

Rudy Giuliani Press Conference Set

In less than seven hours, Republican Rudy Giuliani will make it official that he is out of the 2008 presidential race and is expected to throw his support behind GOP front-runner John McCain.

Rudy Giuliani by Bob McCartyThe announcement, according to a Fox News report, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Central at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. It follows the former New York City mayor’s third-place finish in the Florida Republican Primary and a year-long effort which produced finishes no higher than third place in any of the six previous GOP contests held to date.

UPDATE 1/30/08 @ 5:45 p.m. Central: It’s Official! Rudy Endorses John McCain

Edwards Adds ‘Drop Out of Race’ to To-Do List

Forget the issues of global warming, Iraq, health care and, most importantly, jobs and poverty. Democrat John Edwards will add “Drop Out of the Race” to the to-do list that appears on his campaign web site’s home page.

The John Edwards To-Do ListThe former North Carolina senator and John Kerry running mate will, according to news reports this morning, make his announcement on the same day as Republican Rudy Giuliani is expected to announce his exit from the 2008 presidential race. Unlike Giuliani, who will reportedly endorse John McCain today, Edwards is not expected to announce any such endorsement.

UPDATE: According to an on-air Fox News report at 9:53 a.m. Central, Edwards will make his announcement at Noon Central in New Orleans, the same city where he launched his 2008 White House bid one year ago.

Giuliani to Drop Out of Race, Endorse McCain

After finishing third in the Florida Republican primary that was supposed to serve as the launch pad for his campaign, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced through a spokesperson tonight that he would end his White House bid and endorse John McCain tomorrow.

On the occasion of Giuliani’s exit from the 2008 race, I think it’s fitting that I republish the words of a song parody I wrote for Mike Huckabee to sing to “America’s Mayor.” First published in a BMW post Nov. 29, the words of the song parody appear below for posterity’s sake:

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Rudy (Please Shut Your Campaign Down)
(Sung by Mike Huckabee to the tune of the song, Ruby, as made famous by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969.)

You’ve painted up your lips and dressed in ladies’ clothes and hair
Rudy are you contemplating going out somewhere
Your wives have made no secret of the fact you fool around.
Oh Rudy, please shut your campaign down.

I saw the YouTube movie where you dressed up like a gal
and kissed and hugged “The Donald” like he was more than a pal.
Some people say I’m running just to be named your V-P clown (that’s not true!)
Oh Rudy, please shut your campaign down.

Rudy, it’s hard to vote for a man with makeup on his eyes
With the wants and the needs of American voters, Rudy realize
It won’t be long the pollsters say until I run you down
Oh Rudy, please shut your campaign down.

How long will it be until you find wife number four?
Spending our tax dollars on affairs just like before
Americans don’t care that you were mayor of a big town
Oh Rudy, shut your campaign down

Oh Rudy… For God’s sake, shut it down

You can’t beat Hillary…I can

Not with your record.

Uh, uh.

Copyright © 2008 Bob McCarty, L.L.C. All rights reserved. BobMcCarty.com