What Mac Doesn't Get About Obama

The Republican is underestimating his challenger
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 12:46 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – Mark Halperin writes in Time that John McCain is underestimating several challenges ahead of him:

  • The “astonishing enthusiasm” Obama inspires, compared to the respect McCain enjoys
  • How “major league” Obama’s infrastructure is compared to his own
  • The difficulty of running against Bush and Barack at once. He’ll have to knock the president in front of Republicans

  • How little Americans care about foreign policy when the economy is down
  • How much even the GOP dreads another Bush term
  • The media perception that Mac is running for another Bush term
  • That his lack of financial message makes Obama look like an economics genius
  • How old he looks on the stump, and how how odd that makes his message of change look
  • How boldly Obama is going to run, not walk, to the center now