Saturday, August 18, 2007

Obama: 15 X 8 is Enough

From Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post reports that the Obama team has had it up to here with all of the debates:
"We simply cannot run the kind of campaign we want and need to, engaging with voters in the early states and February 5 states, if our schedule is dictated by dozens of forums and debates," writes Obama campaign manager David Plouffe in a statement posted on the candidate's Web site Saturday morning. "Ultimately, the one group left out of the current schedule is the voters and they are the ones who ask the toughest questions and most deserve to have those questions answered face to face."

So from here on out, says Plouffe, Obama will only participate in the five remaining debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, two December debates in Iowa and a Sept. 9 debate in Miami to be aired on the Spanish-language channel Univision.

en. Obama connects most effectively with voters when he is telling stories. And I suspect that the Obama team has determined that debates and forums with bite-sized statements from seven or eight candidates are a very poor format for his story-centric communication.


Bridget said...

How funny, I was just saying the same thing about Obama and his storytelling yesterday. It's a gift and a curse, I suppose. I have to wonder if the others will follow suit, though. If they don't, this isn't a good move.

mg in aurora said...

I say: Lead and they shall follow.

The apathy and idiot factors in this country are a serious enough problem as it is. Compounding it by media overexposure is something Obama's people have obviously come to understand. The pressure will be on the rest of the candidates to follow suit. I believe this is yet another of what seems to be increasingly shrewed moves by Obama's campaign.

mg in Aurora said...

"Shrewd" not Shewed as in Killer Shrew



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