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. Ed McDuffie

    No way can the GOP move Heaven and Hell in the same direction at this time and date. The GOP has imbarked on the path of hate and they can't find there way out of where John McCain has taken them. Sarha Palin is the devil, and John McCains messenger of thier hate message.

    October 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. canuck

    SPEAD THE WEALTH AROUND!! This could be painful. I will age a lot in the next four years. Hope the national healthcare system will be working, cause I won't have a penny of my own to spend.

    October 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. nate

    Umm no youre getting hammered in the battleground states. Btw, everyone inside the McCain camp is trying to get their next job already. What does that tell you?

    October 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Noemi in Los Angeles

    One Week.... and this will all be over. I am tired of the McGibberish and Palin Pains.


    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. tulsa

    OBAMA 08

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Geo Joe in ABQ

    It needs to be a Democratic landslide like the Gingrich revolution in the 90's so that the fiscally responsible Republicans can retreat, regroup, kick out the uber conservative wackos, and roar back to power in 2012.

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Dallas, TX

    Get out and vote: McCain/Palin 2008!!

    This race is far from over; the Dems should not be thinking it so!

    Vote McCain, he's a real American hero!

    McCain/Palin 2008!

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Debby

    Yep were lucky to have Obama the upcoming Socialist if he wins. Our dollar will be worth nothing and no more investing for 4 years.

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Veteran for McCain

    Hang in there Republicans. I don't believe this election is over at all. Plus, look on the bright side of this, if McCain should lose we can all sit back, quit our jobs, get paid from an Obama redistribution of wealth and then complain about how bad a job he's doing!!!! Not that bad of a thing is it?

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Craig in Seattle

    You know what's interesting is that the Republicans quickly forget that THEY WERE IN TOTAL POWER FOR 6 YEARS!.. It's high time the pendelum go the other direction that the the PEOPLE of the US are adhered to rather than the Iraqis or Israelis!

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. deborah, WV

    Obama is right, we need to stay alert.

    McCain is about to unroll his October surprise, a vicious ad featuring Reverend Wright, although he had promised earlier in the campaign that he would not go there. Instead, he is letting the RNC do his dirty work for him. They will roll these ads out right before people go to the polls, hoping to scare voters into changing their minds about Obama.

    In West Virgina the Republicans stole our primary vote. McCain was forced down our throats in a back room deal. We didn't get to vote in the primary. I hope they don't try to steal the vote on a national level too.

    Please be aware that we need to be vigilant and we need EVERY VOTE!! Freedom has never been free.

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Fran

    All that McCain can say is that he will change things, he will fight for you, stand with me. But he does not give any details of how he will change things. He is good at saying what Obama does, or what Obama did not do, but he never gives specific details of what he is going to do.

    October 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Monica from Albuquerque

    Is there a reason why my post about the Obama rally in Albuquerque is not being posted by CNN? Is it because the Obama rally drew 44,500 more supporters than the McCain rally????

    October 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. tonyP

    the novel 1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual, but in the end the brainwashed youth will never know this land of agenda driven media and big brother policys was once a land of personal freedom and not personal service to the state

    October 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. d

    I don't trust polls. Go Obama

    October 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Zack

    Now why didn't we choose Romney again. He would have defeated Obama. Hes a economy guru and has resurrected many businesses and knows about economy. The Republicans screwed up on this one.

    October 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. jrzshor

    so what would make it a landslide? 50% 51% 85% 99.9%?
    If the country is split pretty even how can you have a landslide? Unless you mean winning more states by tiny margins?

    October 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. C W

    Besides having nothing to offer America, McCain is simply too old to be President!

    Back when Dole was running for President, my grandmother (who was 86 at the time and knew of what she spoke) said HE was too old. McCain's older than Dole was!!

    So unless you want Caribou Barbie (read: Todd Palin, Karl Rove, et al) running the country, VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    October 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Tough Decision

    Perhaps I should vote for McCain. Obama won all three debates, so he's probably too smart. I should pick McCain because Obama is so popular, and he's such an eloquent speaker, so McCain must a good choice. Plus, Obama selected a qualified running mate - made a governing choice instead of going with someone he'd met one time at a conference, so McCain should be good. Besides, Obama lives in Chicago and Al Capone used to live in Chicago so Obama probably likes organized crime.

    McCain 2000

    October 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. GJT

    I'm small town, Northeastern.. rural American–always considered myself a "REAL" American-I have proof that TWO of my ancestors came here on the Mayflower and many more fought in the Revolutionary War to CREATE this country. My point? Palin and McCain don't know nuthin' ! This true-blue-blooded American woman over 50 has already VOTED FOR OBAMA/BIDEN !!!

    October 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Los

    "In four years we'll be doing this again only by then we all will have seen what we have created in Baraack Obahma – remember, the people get the government they deserve."

    Half of us neither wanted nor deserved George W. Bush.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    At her rallies, Palin should be speaking more about 6th Grade Dropout Racist Redneck Roger or battered Klan Wife Karen.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Nimi from NY

    I don't know why people feel the need to declare this race over when many Americans didn't vote yet. I am an Obama supporter and I don't like this kind of attitude. Play until the end to win. You didn't win until it's over. And it's not over yet because many Americans didn't vote yet.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Robyn

    If Obama wins, many of us small business owners are ready to close up shop. We might as well have our hands out like everyone else since he will be giving away the ranch. Having been in one socialist country Australia where you pay 52% in tax to cover the 80% of the country on the dole (welfare) so they can hang out at the beach, I who own 4 businesses refuse to feed those too lazy to do anything and spread my wealth while I work 80 hours weekly to have gotten me there. I will close my companies and lay off the employees as it doesn't pay to do so under Obama tax rules. I am hoping for the Bradley effect as we don't need a socialist or communist rule here in America.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. johnrj08

    Pragmatism has conquered ideology. That's the news that the Republican Party needs to absorb. Talking points, negative personal attacks, political cynicism are now the ingredients for certain defeat at the polls. Intelligence trumps experience, and divisive campaigning has a reverse effect. If the Republican Party wants to survive, it will have to throw out the ideologues and remnants of mid-20th century dogmatism which currently infests its ranks.

    October 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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