The DC Dems may be freaking out at McCain’s ongoing post-convention boost, but inside the campaign things are proceeding as expected. No panic, no radical shift in strategy to meet the wildcard that is Palin.
I’ve been impressed with his entire campaign beginning with how he attacked the problem of facing John Edwards, and more importantly, Hillary Clinton. From day one in the primary Obama’s campaign saw the race as very close and formulated a strategy to win the number of delegates required to take the nomination. And they won.
The presidential race is being approached in exactly the same fashion. While the excitement rises and falls and expectations ride that wave, inside the campaign the strategy to win the required number of electoral votes (270) is running apace.
The war room keeps track of their internal polling in regards to hitting the magic number. Internal polling is one bit of political information that may be radically different between what numbers the campaign uses for projections — and doesn’t release — and what polling numbers the media rely on for its projections and analysis.
From the Ambinder link:
Every few weeks, former Sen. Tom Daschle, now a close confidant of Obama’s, convenes a passel of charter members of the Democratic political establishment in his office conference room Washington. Daschle usually brings along a guest from the Obama campaign’s upper echelon. The guest briefs; the lobbyists, politicians and consultants talk politics.
The participants included Sen. John Kerry, former Indiana Rep. Tom Roemer, and James Johnson — all Obama allies — and former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard and lobbyist Michael Berman and and superlawyer Robert Barnett — all supporters of Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Today’s meeting, described by several who attended, began with a well-received briefing by deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand. State by state, he took the group through the campaign’s battleground strategy, made note of its budget assumptions (the campaign is ahead of its goals, he said) and bragged about a well-oiled turnout machine. Even Democrats outside of Chicago are confident that the Obama field operation will be gangbusters, thanks in large part to Hildebrand’s efforts over the past year.
The National Democrats wanted to know: why is the campaign focusing on Sarah Palin? Why does Obama seem defensive?
They were told not to panic.