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. Michael watching from Canada

    I would like to thank Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, for having awarded the $40B natural gas pipeline contract to TransCanada.
    Its good that Alaska is outsourcing jobs to Canada.

    October 27, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. John the Banker

    The whole world will celebrate Obama's presidential victory... we need America back as #1 leading the globe... making a brighter future for our kids, bringing diplomacy back, and having others (abroad)restore their faith in our wonderful nation.

    The Republicans have had their chance and have severaly faltered!!

    October 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Steven

    I think McCain spends more time talking about Obama than his own VP Pick Sarah Palin. He has mentioned Obama more than his own plans to fix the economy. What strategy do they have to win? All I see is a cut and paste of random ideas that have recycled from elections past. There is always hope. The election is not over, but one must be realistic. To say that the polls are turning in the GOP's favor is not reflected in the polling numbers released to the public. If this was August or September, then I can see a chance for the McCain campaign to turn his campaign around and give Obama a run for money. But now, 8 days out, its way too little too late.

    October 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Rick

    Netherlands blogger Michael van der Galien reports that a group of young Dutch Socialists will be flying here to campaign for Barack Obama:
    They would travel to the United States to campaign for Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for the presidency.
    In fact, one of the demands of potential applicants is that they need to have a “great affinity with the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.”

    The debate is over. Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama is a socialist.

    October 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    I Am Voting Straight Democrat All The Way Down The Ticket! I Wont Vote For Any Republican This Year!

    October 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Scott L

    Why is Palin story running front page on CNN most of the day?

    Is no one disturbed by Obama's 2001 Radio Interview where he states the Supreme Court should do more wealth distribution?

    He called the Warren Court "not radical enough".

    Are you people even educated and understand what he is talking about?

    October 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. RWG

    With all of the breaking commentary today, seems like McCain has to radically change his direction and strategy to compete with Palin as well as Obama. Unfortunately, this is a run-away train headed for a cliff. This is pretty much over.

    October 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Besides all the negative rhetoric the McCain campaign has been spewing, it is now using most of Obama's talking points. Well. they say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    Looks like Obama has won over another!!

    Get out and vote!!

    Obama/Biden or 4 more years of pure hell!!

    October 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Abu Bhuiyan

    This is too late for Senator McCain to come back in the race. The reality is, Senator McCain has to concede the defeat and good luck for Obaba.

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Deb

    I agree with everyone. Please get out and vote on Tuesday November 4th. If you have early voting why wait. Let us not take anything for granted. We need Obama and he needs us more. We can not let McCain and Palin run us amok for another four years.

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. what the .... is goin on?

    RE: one vote........1645,one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.1845,one vote brought Texas into the Union.1868,one vote saved Andrew Johnson from impeachment.1876,one vote gave Rutherford B.Hayes the Presidency.1890,one vote made Idaho a state.1923,one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the Nazi party.It ain't over til it's over.Don't forget to vote.Democrats,Republicans,Independents,etc......VOTE!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. zach

    sorry palin 'the governer 'and mcain the' senator' its over

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. fredrick

    America is now or never. It's make or break time for United State of A. Vote Mcbush and plian Sahara Russian. Vote for them if you want to beg China for meals. but if you want to be respected all over the world....Obama is the answer

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Negative is out in 2008'

    I agree with ohio. When you can't talk about or should I say have your own stance on your issues and you can only talk down the front runners issues = LOSS

    Vote – Obama/Biden Nov. 4th

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. tom

    Did anyone listen to that self made demi-god called Hannity of FOX in his stupid documentary titled "why you should not vote for Obama". I was flipping channels and came across the useless program called "Hannity America" and this guy was just vomiting absolute trash. I invite you all to join me watch the idiot called Hannity when the results are in and Obama is declared the winner. I can't wait.

    By the way, it's time for all of us to stand up against the likes of preachers like Rod Parsley and demand that they lose their tax exempt status.

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Abe

    Please don't be complacent!! Make sure you vote early as there will be long lines on Nov 4th. I have voted last Friday and I am calling everyone I know to make sure that they vote early as well. Polls at this time mean nothing!!

    October 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Marcus M in Sacramento

    I just have to comment on this. With all the early voting going on, aren't the numbers skewed by the fact that many Obama supporters have already voted? Doesn't early voting change the composition/demographics of "likely voters?" With more of Obama's supporters voting early and eliminated from "likely voters," don't the polls, (having fewer Obama supporters – since they've already voted) skew more toward McCain, tightening the race?

    October 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Eric

    How come everyone is backing Obama and his "new found change" when he didn't change anything for the better as an Illinois senator?

    The man voted for 300 tax increases and the economy of Illinois is ranked in the upper 30's of all states. His taxes hit the natural gas sector and the coal sector. But these are areas he will fix now? This man can talk great, but he hasn't PROVEN that he can DO ANYTHING. Come on people, your being ridiculous. You'd vote for Joe Camel if he was on TV enough and talked well. Give me a stinkin track record to work with Obama.

    Just goes to show that this country is influenced by talk, not actions.

    October 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Abu Bhuiyan

    This is too late for Senator McCain to come back in the race. The reality is, Senator McCain has to concede the defeat and good luck for Obama.

    October 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. PoliticoMiuke

    To all the GOPs who thing it's bleak, GO VOTE FOR OBAMA! 🙂

    October 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. ObamaVolunteer

    Let's wait patiently for the final count on November 4th.

    Independent, no; defamaton of the Flag of the United States of America is not allowed; it would only get noticed if it was done at one of Senator Obama's rallies.

    October 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Rusty

    "Independent - Is that an American flag defamed ?! Is this allowed?"

    It is "allowed" because we live i a free society that allows people to defame the flag. It is in very poor taste.

    If, like I've heard is true at Obama rallies, all signs are "hand-made" signs are made by the campaign and approved, this would be another example of McCain's staff running a very bad campaign.

    October 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Eric

    The upper 30's would be bad as well. As in 39/50 which is bad.

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

    Lies, deceptions, fear-mongering, half-truths, pimping Sarah Palin, and now "Red-Baiting." Campaign McCain, it would seem, will not be satisfied until the entire country is torn apart by this election; an election they know they are going to lose. Has this man no shame? Patriotism should be about building and preserving this nation, not tearing it apart.

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

    Don't Be Sad, GOP, Just Vote OBAMA!! 🙂

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