Barack Obama’s campaign rolled out a new Web site this weekend dedicated to John McCain’s connection to the Keating Five scandal. The site is KeatingEconomics.com; the Obama campaign created the site and sent an e-mail this morning promoting it.
The Web site features a documentary exploring McCain’s connection to the scandal, along with links to news story for more information. There is also a donations link. The 13-minute documentary is scheduled to premiere today at 12pm EST.
KeatingEconomics.com is an interesting move by the Obama campaign.
As Obama stretches his lead over McCain, the GOP has said it plans a fiercer strategy for the remaining weeks of this hard-fought campaign. Sarah Palin also stepped up her attacks of Obama’s connection to Bill Ayers, a former member of The Weather Underground; she told audiences that Obama “palled around with terrorists.”
I wonder if KeatingEconomics.com is a hastily built site meant to thwart McCain’s ramped up attacks—a kind of preemptive attack. (Now is that the Bush Doctrine?) Or did the campaign have this site in the bullpen for weeks or months and plan it to be an “October surprise”?
Either way, unearthing McCain’s past at this precise moment is a bold PR move by Obama’s communications team. The McCain campaign’s reaction will be interesting, and—in my estimation—include more Ayers and the return of Jeremiah Wright.
Less than 30 days remain until the US election and it appears there’s nothing left but mud-slinging. Funny, then, that both candidates have talked so much about change.