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. BBB

    Honestly, the GOP has been accusing Obama of measuring the Oval Office for drape... I think they need to look inside their own ranks for the one doing that. Palin has seemed to to forget SHE is NOT the one running for the Oval Office, she is #2 on the ticket.

    Their candidate is, sadly, the one that has put them in this spot. Palin should never have been selected.... it cast doubt on McCain and, well, the less said about her the better.

    October 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Lillie

    Landslide just around the corner.... bye bye Palin/McCain!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. holding my breath

    well if McCain does lose, I expect leaders like him to counter in the headlines, every expense that the Liberal Dem's , try to push, I think Obama is a closet socialist myself, he's just cunning about it. can't wait till this election is over, the Liberals are just as nasty as the conservatives are and its more personal attacks and not on the facts.

    2012 😉

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. marta

    Young people ...PLEASE VOTE.... I was just at my sons college in DC over the weekend....All the kids in his apartment were talking about the election..all had strong and differing opinions...... only 1 ..my son was actually voting..they never applied for absentee ballots and they did not change their registration to vote in their college town....parents talk to your kids they can still get absentee ballots through tomorrow in most states

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Camden from mt

    Sorry GOP you are not up to speed with what Americans need and want. You actually scared me at the start of the election making me believe Obama had a slim chance. However, watching Mccains vp pick and all the campaign choices that were made I can't help but laugh. Stop while your ahead!

    Obama-Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Bruce

    You have but one to blame. McCain did it. He was a man of respect and honro. He was a person that could be trusted. Then he stated the negitive adds "The hillton add" and it just got worse from there. Then he picked Palin as VP. A prety face is not a VP. She can try to spin her poor performance in the interviews all she wants to but she was still uninformed and just plain DUMB. Now she is trying to spring into the future to run in 2012. FAT CHANCE

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. bos

    What are the republicans so upset for..they had their 8 years to prove something..and apparently it didn't happen. Why is change such an awful thing when your current direction is towards the crapper? Give it a break! I was told if you pray really really really hard, and God doesn't give you the answer you want, then it's probably not meant to be. So repubs, here's a little bit of your own medicine. God is probably sick of these two "mavericks' and the division they've caused.

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Mike from Mexico

    As a Swiss Citizen living in Mexico, I really hope that the American Citizen will vote for Obama! Maybe not everything will change immediately but I am sure the most important things will be done within the next year! Please keep in mind: You are not only voting for the president of the United States if not for the leader of the World! So if you vote for Obama the whole world will be better off. We will have less wars, more comunication, more friendships between countries. If you vote for McCain you will isolate your country more and more and it will be the continuation of George Bush. So the choice is yours! As a member of this world I ask you to really look in the future and see yourself in 4 years! There is only one choice: OBAMA

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. tiredofher

    I can't wait until that republican "landslide" sends Sadie Putin back north to Alaska.
    hahahaha

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. sglman4Obama

    REPUBLICAN LANDSLIDE...lol lol lol lol lol lol

    October 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. cindy

    Mccain can call it whatever he wants to call it but Obama is the only person running that has the intelligence and the person power to spread the wealth a bit and at the same time bring prosperity and creavity for those that want to chase the american dream!!

    McCain will keep the money in the pockets of the wealthy and if you believe that he's figthing for the average Joe, you're truly fooling yourself! He'll be laughing all the way to the bank!

    Vote Obama!

    October 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    I guess that the "HOPEFUL" REPUBLICANS are those recently shuttled back to Earth from MARS 🙂

    October 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. November 5

    Mandate! Get the mandate.
    VOTE!

    October 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Socialism here we come

    Let's be sure to ask ourselves in 4 years if 95% of us are paying less in taxes than we do today.

    October 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. clova

    Some one used Ashley Todd, to create a Racist Climate, just like they Used Sara Palin thinking that Senator Clinton supporters were so stupid to vote for the McCain Palin ticket , because a woman is on the ticket, That Senator McNasty and some of his supporters are just low down dirty tricksters!!!..

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

    I Think Republicans Finally Get It !! ITS OVER !! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. SPENCER/VIRGINIA

    Landlside is the correct word. The map is going to be dark blue up the east coast.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Florence, SC

    Old Slippery McCain should be a pro at sliding. I hope he doesn't break a hip during the landslide.

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Chryssa

    "All these candidates they've never heard of"?? Wow, Republicans don't realize that the millions of Obama supporters are ALSO actively campaigning in their local races. We have heard of them, in many cases we know them personally, and you bet we're voting straight down the ticket!

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Mike D. in San Diego

    I work with a guy who has voted Republican every year since 72 and is voting for Obama...nuff said

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Texas Doc

    According to Mencken, "people get the kind of goverment that they deserve." We have survived the hellish purgatory of these past eight years, now we finally get the government we have been begging for. I'm glad the grown ups are back in town. Its time to clean house. Obama/Biden 2008 It's the Right Thing To Do.

    October 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Get ready for the long-overdue Obama progressive landslide, which will push the neocon Republican sludge heap out of Washington, once and for all!

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Michael

    "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."

    White downscale men? What is this meant to imply?

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Diana Ewing NJ

    We need a two party system... but as far as the President, we need Barack Obama along with Joe Biden

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. allen

    McCain and his campaign are afraid of new ideas. John Mccain is tired, old and aftraid.

    October 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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