On June 11th, I posted a link to a videologue of McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis walking through Senator McCain’s strategy with the public.
Today, the Obama team has released a set of powerpoints that campaign manager David Plouffe used in a “strategy” discussion with the media. I’ve attached the pdf file here.
One of the most interesting — and obvious — graphs shows an “Enthusiasm Gap” between Republicans and Democrats. I prefer to call it a “Sizzle Gap.”
Voter enthusiasm among Dems is running at 61% and among Republicans 35% (despite the Gallup poll results which show these two tied. . .at least for today).
So, the obvious question is whether Obama — in style and in policy substance — will remain bold and dramatic, or instead make himself more bland to appeal to the center. And what will McCain do to upgrade his sizzle?
— Steve Clemons