Two weeks ago, we wrote that “the difference in mood between the liberal blogosphere and the conservative blogosphere is striking.” We observed that righty bloggers were feeling increasingly confident aboutJohn McCain‘s chances, whereas lefty bloggers were growing increasingly concerned about what they perceived to be Barack Obama‘s inability to respond effectively to McCain’s attacks.
Today, that dynamic is even more pronounced. As McCain continues to rise in national polls, the mood in the conservative blogosphere ranges from cautiously optimistic to very confident. Meanwhile, the anxiety in the liberal blogosphere is palpable. Josh Marshall observes that Obama’s message “seems very muddled” while digby warns that “the Democratic campaign in the fall is going to have to be much much tougher than the summer [campaign] was.” Several bloggers are comparing Obama to Michael Dukakis and complaining that he isn’t hitting back hard enough.
The honeymoon with Obama, like all honeymoons, ended this summer. It was bound to end as the Right either fabricated or accentuated his negatives. American voters, however, aren’t giving up. They’re just being careful. Before committing to a candidate, they want to make sure they know him. They already think they know McCain. At next week’s convention, they should be able to say they know him.
The counter-punches everyone was complaining about the Obama campaign not throwing have already begun. Expect them to continue. Obama’s got smart, tough people in his camp. His campaign’s experience proxy aka vice president is supposed to be announced tomorrow (or not).
Time is of the essence. We’re in the right place at the right time.