Frustrated with the volume of interest group forums and non-party sponsored debates, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign manager has put his foot down: Obama won't attend any more debates that aren't sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, and he won't accept any more invitations to speak at candidate forums.
In a memo the campaign will post on its website shortly, campaign manager David Plouffe writes that Obama has already spoken at 19 different candidate forums and has participated in seven full debates and is committed to attending a total of fifteen debates.
The official PYY translation:
Sen. Obama will not risk making any more misstatements, which could become detrimental to his already floundering campaign.
Bad move, if you ask me. Why, you ask?
He is already losing ground, due to his inability to speak without showing off his naivety. I cannot imagine he will gain any ground by saying nothing. Or maybe, his campaign manager thinks he can gain ground by saying nothing, relying on 10-20 second sound bites to get his already weak and faulty message out.
But that could work against him, and it would if I were advising one of his opponents. I would simply make the case against him by using 10-20 second sound bites of him saying the ridiculous things that he has already said. And believe me, there is a database of those things the size of Texas.