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October 10, 2008

Hey, PUMAs... (Bumped; Big CommentThread)

A few PUMAs here on the site now. Maybe more lurking.

I have to ask because I don't know -- I really don't know precisely how Democrats think, and I'm not being snarky or insulting; I have vague guesses, but I don't know -- what can we all on the right do better to grab up more of your kind?

Not you guys per se, as you're pretty anti-Obama, but the sorta-PUMAs or disaffected Democrats still inclined to vote for Obama.

What can McCain or Palin do? What can anyone on the right do? Are there, for example, right leaning politicians or commentators you actually trust to a significant degree who would be particularly persuasive making the case?

Is the Wright Stuff good for PUMA-esque Democrats, or does it not work? I dunno.

Is there some aspect of Obama you guys particularly despise which we're not emphasizing enough?

What are McCain and Palin's weak spots? If it's something obvious like abortion, can you think of anyway to mitigate this turn-off?

There is this Strange Bedfellows thing going on but it's mostly a lot of awkward and embarrassed fumbling around at this point.

You guys want to put me some information here? It seems that with all the Republicans and 10% of Democrats, we ought to win; but obviously at the moment we're not getting anywhere near 10% of Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents.

We're screwing up. How and why, and how do we fix this?

Oh, and if PUMA bloggers answer on their blogs, shoot me a link and I'll link them Monday.

Hillbuzz... promoting coming documentary on "caucus fraud" and intimidation of voters by union goons.

I'm always wondering if Republicans can effectively pander on such a thing. If we raise it as an issue ourselves, is the pander too obvious and a turn-off? Or can you stand a little pandering?

Specific Question: Obama pays his female staffers 87 cents to every dollar he spends on male workers. McCain pays women $1.04 for every dollar paid to men.

Again: Too much of a transparent pander? I mean, look, who are we kidding; This is not exactly a major point of Republican concern and there's no point claiming the GOP is strong like bull on equal-pay initiatives. But is there any juice here?

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