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Posted at 8:45 AM on Friday, September 05, 2008 by David Horowitz
The Strategy
Whoever is architecting the McCain-Palin campaign is doing a brilliant job of it. With Palin anchoring the right, McCain is freed to be the "maverick" -- unloose his ship from its self-discredited Republican moorings and court the independents. "Country First" is a brilliant political slogan which manages to hold out the bi-partisan carrot while wielding the patriot stick.

Underscoring the importance of the latter, Barack Obama's interview with Bill O'Reilly which preceded McCain's convention speech revealed the uncertain trumpet he will sound as president. He could not bring himself to say that Iran -- a self-declared enemy of the United States -- is an enemy of the United States and part of the Islamic jihad -- a term he could also not utter. He could not admit he was wrong about the surge in Iraq even though without the surge the terrorists and more likely Iran would be in control of Iraq. O'Reilly gave him enormous lattitude to concede error by claiming the Iraq war was wrong from the beginning and Obama was right to oppose the war. (Think about that one. If we hadn't gone to war with Iraq, Saddam would still be in power, and on the brink of developing nuclear weapons if not already possessing them.)
As these points make their impression on the voting public, look for McCain-Palin to start pulling away from the Obama-Biden ticket.

David Horowitz is the founder of The David Horowitz Freedom Center and author of the new book, One Party Classroom.

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