It's Crunch Time: What Senator Obama needs to do to "Close the Deal"
Even though the Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, appears to have a lead over Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, could Senator Obama lose his presidential bid for the White House?
Though many superstitious Democrats around the country refuse to let the thought even enter their minds, much less pass from their lips, the truth is that the 2008 presidential election is, at this point, Barack Obama's to lose. That said, today we ask a very simple question: What should Obama and his campaign do now to close out his presidential bid?
According to Tom Schaller, salon.com "Obama seems to have a lead of 5 to 7 points, depending on which polls you look at." Schaller opens the conversation "...by asking what the key priorities of the Obama campaign, or really any presidential campaign with that kind of lead and a few precious days to go, should be."
Joining Schaller to impart their advice and analysis are three democrats, Kenneth Baer, Steve McMahon, and Laurie Moskowitz.
Kenneth Baer, a former senior speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, is the co-founder and co-editor of the progressive quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He is also the head of Baer Communications, a Democratic speechwriting and policy-consulting firm. Democratic strategist and media consultant Steve McMahon is a partner in the firm McMahon, Squier and Lapp. A former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, McMahon has worked as a strategist and consultant on three presidential campaigns, most notably Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign and, later, Dean's successful race for Democratic National Committee chairman. Laurie Moskowitz is founder and principal of Fieldworks, a firm that specializes in voter contact and ground mobilization. In 2000, she directed the Democratic National Committee's national field effort that helped produce Al Gore's national popular vote victory.
In the final analysis, and among other things, Baer, McMahon, and Moskowitz think that Senator Obama needs to keep doing what he has been doing -- keep motivated, stay on his game, not be distracted, proactive not reactive, and continue on the offense.
Read the full conversation at the link or listen to a podcast of the conversation, here.