Here's a question I haven't seen asked.
His campaign is going up Monday on national cable stations with a scathing ad saying: “Three quarters of a million jobs lost this year. Our financial system in turmoil. And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy. No wonder his campaign wants to change the subject.
“Turn the page on the financial crisis by launching dishonorable, dishonest ‘assaults’ against Barack Obama. Struggling families can't turn the page on this economy, and we can't afford another president who is this out of touch.”
....“I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message.”
(Later:Here's the ad.)
So why would they pre-announce? 1) Are they trying to lay the groundwork so that a sudden negative jolt doesn't seem so jarring? 2) Did they feel the need to send out a message of "fighting and not giving up" to their supporters as McCain went into seclusion for two days? 3) Are they trying to set up the debate somehow? 4) Are they trying to get the media to write groundwork stories for them? 5) Maybe they want Palin to trial balloon some attacks while McCain is off the trail, but they had to pre-announce the strategy so no one thought she'd gone off on her own?
It just seems odd to me. Any other ideas? Help me here.
Later: As Praguetwin points out, doesn't telegraphing make it less effective, making it look more like the cynical strategy of a losing campaign? (Especially when your campaign staff issues quotes saying that's exactly what you're doing.)
Later: Apparently, Karl Rove agrees with me. (shiver.)