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. Philly

    Can you say it........ LANDSLIDE!!!

    We will not be swiftboated this time!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Deb

    Amazing, gas is down to $2.31 a gallon a week before election, and Syria was attacked and suposedly a top Al Queda leader was killed. The REPUBLICANS are AMAZAING. They brought the gas down to improve the GOP/Bush ratings and want to instill FEAR about terrorism and wow what a great job at catching a terrorist when they knew where he was all these years anyway. GREAT TACTIC. Still voting for OBAMA!!

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Chuck

    That is because of all the mudslinging the republicans did. It is coming back at them like a landslide. Shouldn't have been so negative.

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. GP

    Just better hope your name isn't purged from one of their voter rolls. Better to not have thousands of democrats voting rather than letting a few mickey mouses voting.

    Republicans are outraged over voter registration fraud. Where is the outrage over their actions to suppress and deny votes?

    October 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Democrat

    A post said to name one reason to vote for mccain without mentioning obama. Easy. While I can name many, the most pressing one is that McCain has a proven track record. His views are known. You may like them, you may not. He is also a longtime, unwavering friend to Isreal.

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. AT

    I remain doubtful but I'm also wondering how early Election Night will end. Some polls are showing that McCain's number in his own state are dropping. But whenever Montana and North Dakota are now considered swing states, the Republicans have to realize that they have a huge problem.

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Proud to be American

    say bye GOP and ..... you are filthy rich now and the only thing you have done for us is send our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters to war..... on a LIE......and take our tax dollars to bail you out..... we are so ready for change..... Power to the American People (All Americans) we love the American diversity and appreciate each person.

    Obama and Biden 2008!

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Anyone? Can anyone tell me why McCain should be president without using Obama's name once? Seems like the only things McCain had to run on were Obama's affiliations and how un-like Bush McCain is.

    To those already projecting Obama to be our worst president ever, that desperate point is ignorant and a waste of breath. 4 years, hell, eight years is not enough to fix the damage done by Bush the "W", and yes, instilling hope (and not fear) into society is a powerful tool that helps in the recovery of any nation. Not to mention the onus should not be on ONE MAN to fix an entire country. A country is great because its PEOPLE are great, and since the fear based psychological rule of the Right wings has crippled our minds, so too has the country gone the way of its people.

    Obama is a leader, not a dictator. We just have to follow with strong actions of our own, and WE THE PEOPLE can get this country back on track.

    October 27, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Vegas

    I think Obama will win a close one...
    I also think in 2012 he will lose by the largest margin in history...

    After his taxes hit... and unemployment goes over 10%... people will understand exaclty what they voted for...

    It's cool though... we have to do this once in awhile... see Carter 76

    October 27, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Average Joe, not the plumber

    The political landscape has regressed to a European soccer match. Listen to yourselves! (And look at your spelling, geez). I am ashamed. How can this be my country? The truth has been priced out of the market, and neither side seeks it. "Rome is the mob", and our fate is the same.

    October 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. True Blue Ohio

    The GOP has been doing an excellent job campaigning for Obama. They mention his name more than their own canidate's name. Subconsciously, they believe that Obama is the better canidate, but they are afraid to admit it.

    October 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. John McWho

    The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. ... putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time," The Daily News said.

    The newspaper said Obama "brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand."
    The Daily News said since the economic crisis has emerged, McCain has "stumbled and fumbled badly" in dealing with it.
    "Of the two candidates, Sen. Obama better understands the mortgage meltdown's root causes and has the judgment and intelligence to shape a solution, as well as the leadership to rally the country behind it," the paper said. ..."and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation," the paper said.

    Barack & Joe ... Lets Go !! 🙂 VOTE EARLY Avoid the Fix 😛

    October 27, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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