Earlier this week Obama made it clear that Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin should not be attacked because of her daughter’s pregnancy. His VP nominee, Joe Biden, also backed this up in a move that was clearly designed to show the Democrats were above that kind of thing. However, what they failed to anticipate was how strongly she would attack them and that she may even damage them through these attacks. What the Democrats now have to struggle with is how to fight back at Palin. She is standing there throwing punches while the Democrats have effectively tied their own hands behind their backs. Of course they could just fight back but the risk is that they will be seen to be attacking an injured party. By saying people shouldn’t attack her for the pregnancy issue they effectively said nobody should attack her – period. On reflection they should simply have said nothing and let the Palin news play out. Then they could have attacked her with at least equal force. As I see it they have lost round one in a big way and they’d better quickly figure out how to deal with Palin or she could do some serious damage.
For the record I am a registered Democrat