Intelligencer: 24 -30 Sept 2008
The joint phone call to Irish American media on the day of the Scranton Irish event featuring McCain was a clear attempt to steal the thunder.
Last week Neal was instrumental in getting a new statement from the campaign on the U.S. envoy to Ireland. The statement, however, said very little other than Obama was now committed to the envoy after previously wavering on the issue.
It may well be that the Irish pols that Obama has tapped as advisors are getting very little to work with. If Obama does not appear at the presidential forum it will be hard to explain to the Irish American activists that he is taking their concerns seriously after McCain became the first Republican to do so.
Who Will Win The Election?
SO what will the election come down to? A leading political strategist in New York says it will be a question of whether Obama's incredible new voter registration effort will counterbalance the soft racism of those who say they will vote for him, but actually will not.
This expert says that polls showing Obama ahead by a sliver mean very little, and that until Election Day it will be very difficult to figure just who will turn out.
"Remember he turned out tens of thousands of new voters in states like Iowa which took everyone by surprise," said the operative. "If he does that on election night in states like North Carolina and Nevada we could all be in for a huge surprise."
On the other side, he says Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has given McCain a boost with the grassroots and may add a few percentage points. However he added, "McCain still has difficulty rallying his base. He will need a massive turnout too."