October 27th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Some Republicans hopeful, others prepare for 'landslide'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/27/art.land.gi.jpg caption="Some Republicans or hopeful, others prepare for the worst."](CNN) - Eight days out and some Republicans see small glimmers of progress, if not hope. But most are fairly bleak about the GOP’s chances.

“Feels like the makings of a landslide,” said one veteran GOP operative who has held top jobs in presidential campaigns and been closely involved in past congressional cycles.

Another longtime strategist who is involved in a number of congressional and state races this year said many Republicans who had run good campaigns were asking a daunting question heading into the final week: “Will all these newly registered voters go to vote for Obama and then walk out without voting for a lot of candidates they have never heard of, or will they go all the way down the ballot to create coattails?”

Somewhat more optimistic was a GOP strategist closely involved with the McCain campaign.

“Things improved” over the weekend, was this strategist’s take. “No mystery. Lots of red states closer than last week.”

This operative said rural voters and white downscale men had moved a bit toward the Republican ticket in recent days, making the battleground states somewhat more competitive.

A second senior McCain campaign adviser said Senator McCain had taped new advertisements to be used in the final week. One, due out as early as Monday, is McCain speaking to the camera about what he considers the best components of his approach to the economy, and his take on the downsides of the Obama plan.

Later in the week, this senior adviser said, the McCain campaign plans to launch what he called a strong “commander-in-chief for the close” ad.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. ohio

    can the GOP talk about how to fix problems insted of talking about obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Young Republican

    This is just really sad. Many uninformed voters will vote for Obama and then just check next to every candidate in his column, I'm sure without even looking at their names.

    Sad day in America when people vote everyone in because of who is on the top of the ticket.

    October 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. tg

    GOP your time is up because Barak is down with GOD!

    October 27, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Turner in Washington State

    I am a 47 year Old White Male and an Independent minded voter. I have just watched perhaps the most incredible closing argument speech of my generation.
    Barack Obama just gave a speech the rivals perhaps the best of King and JFK combined. While I have always been proud to be an American, Obama delivered a speech that made me ‘more proud’ to be an American than at any time in my life with his message of Unity and hope. While I had not made up my mind in this election I have to admit that as of TODAY, I will proudly support Barack Obama because I now feel that He truly supports ‘We The People’.

    October 27, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Bullwinkle doesnt want Palin back in Alaska

    It will be a LANDSLIDE!

    Too many people are fed up with Do-Nothin, Greedy Government.

    We the people will speak LOUDLY this year and set a precendent that NO future Government will be allowed to be only for the Rich.

    October 27, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Paul in FL

    After 8 years of the most disasterous administration in recorded history they Democrats should win this election walking away.
    If the American voters elect J. McCain the rest of the world will, with great justification, write us off as hopeless idiots.

    October 27, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. teesha

    Be Bye

    October 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    Poor things they still think Mccain has a chance VOTERS BEWARE THE GOP IS UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS TRYING TO STEAL THE ELECTION WHEN YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA VOTE VERY CAREFULLY AND MAKE SURE!

    October 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Joe the Plumber fixed the toilet so that the whole campaign can go down more quickly.

    Tito the Builder built a nice new sarcophagus big enough for the entire GOP

    Ninbad the Nailer is ready to nail the coffin.

    And Sarah the Successionist went shopping.

    October 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Canadian for Obama

    Residents of the USA are so lucky to have Barack Obama, once in a liftime chance to change the hope of the your country and the world

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. deb in Colo

    I pray it is a landslide.

    The Republicans had 6 of 8 years in power and look where we ended up. Time to give the other side of the aisle a chance to make things better.

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. The New Civil War has begun (Sons of the Founders vs. The Socialists)

    If Obama wins and drags in a large Dem congressional majority with him, expect a 1500-2000 point freefall in the Dow before the end of next week.

    Businesses everywhere are going to hunker down into full scale "bunker" mode, slashing employees, cutting operations, curtailing spending and most importantly doing whatever necessary to survive the next four years of the most business-hostile presidencies ever in America.

    Folks, you cannot in one breath say you're for the little guy and then in the very next breath wage economic warfare on his employer. If you're really for the worker, do whatever possible to create an environment where the worker's boss keeps the worker employed.

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Blue Florida

    Obama's not the best, but McCain has self-destructed, far from honorable, otherwise he would have my vote in a second. But his campaign is too negative. You can be biased, or you can be realistic. You can be scared of words like socialism, or you can think for yourself, which is what seems to be the trend (read:polls).

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Evan

    Something interesting happaned on Meet the Press. McCain said he is going to win a "close election" and that it would be really "close". Sounds like 2000 to me. If McCain wins by a "slim margin" like he predicted something is wrong and there is fraud or something. It it happens and I hope it doesnt, but if it does I hope that Americans will declare that its wrong and that McCain shouldn't be president.

    There are already signs of voter purging, so be careful people.

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Don

    The Republican rat lines are growing every day. Get out and vote early. Make it happen for Barack Obama.

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Accountant Guy

    Get out and Barack the vote America. He needs us now, just as much as we need him!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. myshael

    to Ohio: i don't think they can if they want to win...

    only attacks can make stupid/scared voters vote for GOP....

    October 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Independent

    Is that an American flag defamed ?! Is this allowed?

    October 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. rob

    obama's "closing remarks' were amazing.

    while mccain continues to talk about how terrible a person obama is.

    it's just disheartening that someone as honorable as john mccain has become such a cynical old man.

    October 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Tim

    EARLY VOTE!!!!!
    EARLY VOTE!!!!!

    We want 100% of hose eligible to vote!!!! Everyone, take at least two people with you to the polls to vote. We are hitting the streets in NC. I like many people are taking Nov 4th off in order to drive people without transportation to the polls!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Paula Wesley

    Palin has gone ROGUE. This makes McCain look WEAK. If he can't control his own VP and campaign, how can he control Congress and the US which are bigger and harder?

    October 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. carlo

    Perhaps if the GOP tries to look out for people beside their country club elitist friends and stop lying to those poor, uneducated white people about working for them and all the while robbing them blind, they would have better luck. Those poor voters don't realize that the wealthy GOP elites have been the recipients of welfare for years. They get bailed out with tax-payer money, yet actually convince poor people that blacks and minorities are taking "their wealth". The people who are uninformed and voting for McCain deserve whatever they get.

    October 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Susan in NC

    I'm hopeful, too, but NOT for McCain/Palin........Obama/Biden for America!

    BTW, where are Gov. Palin's medical records? As one-half of the Republican Party ticket and someone, Heaven forbid, who could truly be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, we as Americans need to demand her medical records!

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Donkey Party

    The RepubliCONS have always believed they can win any election by lying to you. But since that isn't working, now they are trying lying to themselves.

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Greg in Mpls

    You had your chance for the last 8 years Grand Oil Party.

    Time for something new.

    October 27, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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