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. Sarah

    Don't jinks Obama now please. We want Obama to win so you guys just need to come on over to Obama side and vote.

    October 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. sandee in Portland

    Maybe they wouldn't be down if McCain would quit lying to the american public and talk about the issues, not Obama. Now he's talking against Bush's economic policies, when he voted for 90% of the time in favor of Bush's economic policies. You can't have it both ways. Flip, flop, flip, flop. Typical republican strategy. Obama has been on track throughout this campaign, only refinining some of his policies, not completely changing them. Flip, flop!

    I have been a registered republican since 1964 and am ashamed my party has changed their values so much. They used to be fiscally conservative....not any more. Now all they are the party of right wing evangelicalists who want to bring church and state together. No way! Religious beliefs should be a personal thing, not a government ideology.

    Republican who voted for Obama

    October 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Mike in Ohio

    No time for overconfidence. It could be a lot closer than what this appears. We need to work hard to get every vote out before we can celebrate a victory for Obama/Biden. If you have not already voted, please do so - Vote Early, Vote NOW!

    October 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Tony

    The Republican Dictatorship is over. Prepare to be annihilted! 🙂

    October 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. ltd1974- Ohio for Obama

    With the announcements from New Mexico news paper" 'Obama Wins!,' newspaper declares" I'm more convinced. When you attack character the way the Mcshame has they always lose.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. BatCat05

    Palin the Rogue has already distancing herself from McCain the Maverick and the campaign is squabbling amongst itself. Sure glad to see the Obama-Biden team is keeping a level head leading into the last week of campaigning. McCain and Palin, bad for each other and America. ROCK the VOTE! Obama-Biden, now that's the ticket!

    October 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. james in s.c.

    there are a lot of republicans voters are going the other way, obama and biden talks about issues and my guess repubs voter wants to hear the same from mccain and palin, but all they do is just go on attack attack attack. its pretty enerving really. but don't stop people and get out to vote for obama-biden lets show the repubs what the american people really want!!!


    October 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. look beyond the spoken words

    Learn about this man Mr. Obama. Do NOT just go along with the promise of hope… I know we all need things to be better. Obama is not the answer he promises:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    From Dreams of My Father:
    "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."
    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    October 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    The republicans need to be purged this Nov. 4th so that they can learn their lesson.

    No more repubs this year.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Frank

    George W. Bush owes an apology to the people of the United States for destroying our pride, our economy, and killing our sons and daughters for nothing; an apology to the people of Iraq for making a mess out of their once thriving country (despite the presence of a brutal dictator there); an apology to the members of the RNC for destroying the party and its chances to win the White House and the Congress for who knows how many decades; and most importantly an apology to the souls of the young men and women he sent to be killed for a war that was unjust and unnecessary! They will be haunting him for ever and ever!!!!

    October 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Lee

    I am voting for McCain because I don't want to HOPE my president knows what he is doing.

    And four years from now when everyone is saying "Wow, he was the worst president yet." I will be able to say "At least I didn't vote for him."

    October 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Lu from Houston, TX

    McCain's way of reining in spending is:
    – cutting public education funds
    – cutting social security costs by making it subject to the stock market
    – cutting healthcare costs by asking everyone to pay for their own
    – cutting veteran benefits for education and healthcare
    – cutting children benefits
    The list goes on. Does anyone want this kind of spending cuts (if you are in the <95% bracket)?

    October 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Shay

    You Republicans too can vote for Obama/Biden no one will know. That's if you change. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE

    October 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Laura - Voted Early

    I voted this past Sat. It took me less then 5 minutes. Got to love those small town .... those small 'pro american' towns that 'really love their country ' .....

    So of course I voted Obama 'o)

    October 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Peter (CA)

    Hey Republicans, it looks bleak.
    Might as well stay home on the 4th.

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. A Woman In California For Obama

    Just eight more days of this. Please people go out and vote. Let's send this witch back to Wasilla and McCain back to wherever. I can't wait for this madness to end. Hopefully, when I wake up at 3:00 a.m. (pst) the polls will show Obama/Biden in '08.

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Mark

    Palin / McCain oh Im sorry its McCain / Palin John you better reel her back in before the landslide turns into a cave in

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    The ditto heads always says the polls are "tightening" yet they never give the polls. And quoting a single poll is not appropriate when the comparison is to an aggregate average of multiple polls. When RCP and CNN poll of polls are "tightening" in McCrypt's favor they are not ahead.

    They are just using the same mathematical model that Hillary used during the waning days of her campaign.

    The good news is that as long as the reptiles in the Reptilian party keep coming up with excuses, such as liberal media bias, the financial meltdown, poor Shrub ratings, socialism, dangerous threesome, etc. they will never recognize that America is NOT with the rabid religious right that now controls the party they will never do the things that need to be done to rout them out of the party and take a more moderate view.

    Until that happens, the Reptilians will not have any policitical clout for decades.

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Jim in Raleigh

    McCain is now citing a seven-year-old interview where Obama talks about the lost chance for redistributive change during the Civil Rights era. Perhaps McCain, who voted against an MLK day, doesn't understand the concept of redistributive power wherein minorities who had been outcast by white power might actually have a chance at shared leadership in our nation. McCain needs to get a grip!

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Last night we watched "Children of Men", a bleak movie about a post-apocalyptic world. We watched the specials on the DVD, which were very interesting. Many of the economic and political issues discussed by the film makers were so relevant to today's situation. The worst thing a government can do is to lead its people through fear. This is the type of leadership we have had for the last eight years. McCain's entire campaign has been built on making the electorate afraid. Afraid of Sen. Obama's name, his racial identity, his background. McCain, Palin and their ilk have tossed about words like socialist, marxism, communist to incite fear in their base.

    I refuse to be led by fear. These uneducated, hateful people are not making me afraid to make good, clear choices for myself. From my perspective, refusing to buy into their catchphrases and ideologies, the only thing they have made me fear, is them.

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. mav, FL

    If John McCain cannot run his campaign, how will he run this country? His motive was never 'Country First', it was always somehow win election, no matter what it takes, reflected by his VP choice (completely ignoring Romney, Guliani, Huckabee).

    We need someone who will not divide us, but unite and excite us through his leadership. Its easy to show negative side and criticise, but difficult to ignite HOPE and positive feeling. Yes we can change .... we will change .... we must change ..... status quo of Washington. Vote Early, Vote Obama!!

    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Steven Segal

    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.


    October 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Steve

    Ummm, I think Mr. nameless Republican strategist made a mistake. If RED states are closer than last week, that's BAD for McCain. He wants BIGGER leads in red states (i.e wants them LESS close), and he wants the BLUE states to be getting closer.

    Looks like psychologically, they've lost already...

    October 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. carol

    We must keep voting for Sen Obama until the very last day....all votes are vital and we want him to be our next President....can't afford to let McCain and Palin anywhere near the White House!!!!
    So, all we can do is encourage people to get out there and vote....vote...vote....so hopefully we can have a wonderful celebration on the evening of the 4th of Nov.
    America is ready for this fine young man to take the lead and put our country back on track and work for ALL the people and make this
    country respected around the world again.
    This is a very historic moment in history and I am so excited and proud to have been part of it.....working on the Obama Campaign here in Florida has been absolutely fabulous and I would not have missed it for the world.


    October 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Paul, FL-TLH

    No one can say for sure what is going to happen. The polls mean nothing to me.

    We will see what happens WHEN it happens.

    October 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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