Remember all the crap we heard during the primaries about how Obama wasn’t vetted enough? The GOP attack machine was supposedly going to make mince meat out of him. What happened to that?
Yes a large part of this has to do with the fact Ayers & Wright came out during the primaries & not during the general. I think Ayers would have pretty much made no difference anyways but Wright depending on the timing would have done moderate to very serious damage to Barack’s candidacy.
I don’t think it would have knocked him out of the box but he would not have the commanding lead he holds currently in polls.
The thought process behind the GOP machine taking him down was not really based around specific attacks though. It was based on the thought that Obama was too naive, too untested to face down what was supposed to be relentless attacks. Obama of course has proved to be the coolest cat to come down the political road in a long, long time. Maybe ever in modern history. He taunted McCain into bringing up Ayers in the final debate & in the process through McCain off what was his best debate performance up to that point (that’s not saying much but still).
This might just be a function of the awful campaign McCain has run. The best they have done so far are the celebrity ads, which I always thought was pretty pathetic. They were also mightly helped along by a pathetic tradmed. The best line of attack I think they had was the experience meme but of course they threw that out the window with the Palin selection.
In a sense Obama is the new teflon don. Especially as it pertains to character attacks. The right keeps trying to paint him as the loony lefty but all people have to do is turn on the teevee & see for themselves. There is nothing about Barack that will strike you as self-evidently radical. Obama & his family are the exact opposite, self-evidently normal & American. They are the stereotypical American family, living the “American dream”. This is why a lot of McCain’s attacks have backfired on him. A lot of folks want to like Obama & have found reasons to.
You can argue if not for the economy these attacks would be more effective but you would be mostly wrong. One of Obama’s biggest gifts as a politician his abililty to swat aside attacks with ease, grace & a bit of mocking indignation. Ayers is the perfect example: “come on I was 8″.
We also have the stench of desparation that pervades every piece of the McCain camp ever since his campaign “suspension”. All your attacks become less & less effective the more desparate the public percieves you to be. So there are many things that contributed to the pathetic GOP attacks against Obama but the biggest problem was Obama himself. The man is unflappable, whip smart & knows how to make lemonade.