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. Greg M.

    win Obama win, your Baton Rouge supporters are with you as well as the state of Louisiana. We would like to take this time to invite you and your family to Baton Rouge and bring the Biden family also, we are eagerly awaiting the victory of positive change.

    President Obama 08'............................................................

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Theresa

    Please, please, please... Obama supporters must all get out and vote. He needs every vote to ensure the landslide they are predicting. Do not get too cocky. We all MUST vote!!

    We cannot face 4 more years of the same!!

    Obama 08

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Frank Thomas

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

    Apparently not.

    Someone with some sort of pull internal to the Republicans has decided "slash and burn" is the ONLY way to go even though the polls are blatantly showing not only that it doesn't work, but is actually hurting them.

    Thus this article.

    The Presidential election isn't the only one the Republicans are shooting themselves in the head with these tactics.

    October 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. rice, bryan

    dear neocons, had a lot of fun the last 8 years, but now it's time for a party with brains to take over. please don't let door hit ya, where the good lord split ya!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. charles-dallas

    it's the "Green Mile". The execution is near. Dead man walking. Bye GOP.

    October 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. lisa m

    Hint for GOP.

    If Indiana isn't safe, none of the states are safe.

    October 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Georgia for Obama

    Send McCain/Palin packing there bags

    I know over 50 close to me already cast there early vote for Obama/Biden

    Vote early for Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. jg

    if you really want to know McCain google this!!!!!

    John McCain and PNAC

    October 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. cool onlooker

    Keep hoping. This is the destiny of history. No better way. Admit it. And gracefully concede. Should work hard against fraud, plagarism on politics, economy, and even wardrobe.

    October 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Independent but Leaning

    Capitalism, not Socialism, is what made this country great. The idea that you can keep what you earn is what turned this country into the industrial leader of the world.

    If you reward laziness by redistributing income, you'll only get fewer people willing to work hard and more people taking welfare.

    October 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Matt

    Greg you got it wrong, it's "Greed Over Principles" lol

    October 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. The BOTTOM Line..........


    October 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    The GOP has been defacing our country for 8 years they might as well deface the flag as well.

    October 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. D&D

    Someone should telle McCain to see the positive side of the events: at least, he still has his 7 houses and 13 cars...life can still go on for him!

    October 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Gayle

    Send your Thank You Card's to McCain and Palin

    October 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. cindy

    What else can the Mccain camp say at this point? The numbers may have waivered a bit here and there but overall Obama has retained his lead and given the fact that we're only days away from election day this is not good news for McCain...

    He's starting to look deflected already... he sees the writing on the wall and his campaign is at this point trying to keep up a front...

    He and Palin are done for!

    October 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Idaho

    Ohio, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have been frustrated about the same thing for weeks. I have no idea what McCain/Palin plans are. They will say "we will fix this and that" but won't take the chance and say specifically what. (I guess they don't want to give ammunition). But then spend the majority of their speeches talking about the other side's plan. At least they have a plan.

    October 27, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Diane CA

    Obama will be a great president. VOTE!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    if mccains on campaign aids believe palin is untrustworthy, and won't listen to anything they tell her, how on earth does he expect us to trust her, he knew months ago that he made a mistake in chosing palin, he could have done something about it then, it's too late now. VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN!

    October 27, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Michael in Houston

    What I never understand is why do people vote straight Democrat or Straight Republican. That is just ignorant if you ask me. How do you know that the person running for District Judge is the right person? Just because he is a Dem or Repub does not make him/her right for the position. For example, my vote is in and my support is behind Obama, there were local races here in Houston that I voted Republican. Why you may ask. Well without releasing thier identities, I really liked a four of the Republicans and have been impressed with thier work her in Houston. So don't be lazy folks, go line by line, it only takes an extra 5 to 10 minutes. Although I have leaned Democrat this election, there are some local Democrats that I would not vote for if they were running for the P.T.A. board let along a state or city government position.

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Jason

    It will be interesting to see how the GOP reinvents themselves, but I do not believe it will happen until the cut ties with the religious/rapture right. And that will not be happening until Obama wins his 2nd term against Palin on the top of the GOP ticket. Because, they still just don't seem to get it.... its not about the wealthy and powerful. Its about OUR people. And OUR people have awoken something fierce and I do not believe that this is a one time event.

    The GOP will have to do something completely against their platform. Can't wait to see what they do to get back in the game but they are so damm thick headed I am pretty sure we are talking about 8 to 10 years.

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Brian

    The GOP can be as hopeful as they like but there's no way they're getting my vote. I don't want McCain (and ESPECIALLY Sarah Palin) anywhere near the White House. The GOP had 8 years and flushed our economy down the toilet. Its time for a serious CHANGE right now.

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Tony in MT

    All I can say is "Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!"

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Monica from Albuquerque

    I was at an Obama Rally in Albuquerque this past Saturday night. It was the most diverse crowd I have ever been in. 45,000 white, black, aisan, hispanic, middle easterners, young and old, straight and gay were there. Earlier in the day, McCain was in Albuquerque where he drew a whopping crowd of 1,500. Later, he was in Southern NM (McCain territory) where he drew a crowd of only 3,000.

    The Republican party is going to down in flames before our very eyes. Good bye to a party of intolerance, division, fear and smear. Hello to an ERA of hope, unity and a common purpose!!!

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Doug R.

    McCain has run a diry dishonest smear campaign. He deserves to be defeated big time big time!!

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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