Matt Stoller:

A real progressive candidate would have stepped on the Republican National Convention by pointing to the arrest of Amy Goodman and saying ‘We do not arrest journalists in this country for reporting a story, we do not cage our citizens, that’s what they do in China.  Because if security forces at political conventions are willing to arrest peaceful protesters and journalists, they are willing to arrest you.’  The youtube video of Goodman is really shocking, and 800k people have seen it.  It’s there for anyone to see, viscerally powerful.  If anyone wants to know what a strong progressive message looks like, it’s that. 

That would have instantly moved all the press from the Xcel Center into the streets and put the emphasis on the security apparatus.  Palin would be an afterthought.  And the election would be decided on the basis of whether the public wants a President who stands up for their rights or whether the public wants a President who stands up for the government’s right to imprison them. 

Instead, we got the "B" team response about Obama’s history as a community organizer.  It reminded me of Joe Lieberman’s bear ad — an issue that was personal to the candidate, but that most of America just didn’t understand.  Those that did, didn’t care.

Mike Lux is worried.  I saw a polling report on older white women yesterday morning.  McCain is gaining ground, and that the lipstick comment — regardless of whether it is a real or a perceived slight to Palin — is probably not going to help with a demographic Obama desperately needs to win over.

It’s certainly not time to panic, but for a campaign that has been rather sure footed up until now, it is worrisome.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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