Saturday, September 6, 2008

Obama versus Palin

As Sarah Palin transforms herself from obscure Alaska governor to the Republican Party's newest rising star and most effective attack dog, Barack Obama's campaign will largely sit back, watch her rise and hope she falls.

Normally, I would think that this is the right approach to dealing with a VP candidate. However, in this case, the public perception (fairly or unfairly) is that Obama, Democrats, and/or their progressive allies picked a fight with Sarah and ended up getting mauled in the process. If the Obama campaign can not figure a way to reverse that perception, they are in deep trouble with the way the public will view Obama.