When Barack Obama campaigned in Germany, John McCain's campaign spokesman said (link):
"While Barack Obama took a premature victory lap today in the heart of Berlin, proclaiming himself a 'citizen of the world,' John McCain continued to make his case to the American citizens who will decide this election."
That assumption that only Americans will decide the results of America's elections was old-fashioned, as the Obama campaign has demonstrated by opening its doors to unlimited millions of dollars in illegal donations, including foreign money. (Of many possible links to support that, I'll pick at random this recent one: (link) )
This contributes to Barack Obama's crushing money advantage over John McCain. How much it contributes we'll almost certainly never know, but apparently it confers an advantage that's worth breaking the law for in a big way.
Therefore, it is not Americans alone who will decide American elections any more. A new model of electoral victory is being demonstrated, and it is an internationalist's model.
To play the game in this new and more effective way requires mainstream media cover. (At least until taboos on foreign money fade.) Barack Obama has that.
It also requires that the supporters of his own party are willing to go along with the new model. Apparently Barack Obama has that support too.
With those advantages, Barack Obama can afford to aggressively suppress criticism (link). This too appears to be part of the new model.
And, as if Barack Obama didn't already have media cover, fake hate crime victim Republican campaign worker Ashley Todd has made his campaign immune to charges of intimidation. Given her criminal, inflammatory and racist false accusations, Republicans can't say anything credibly on this score - and Democrats aren't excessively troubled by Democrat pressure.
Government funded mass partisan support seems to be part of the new model too. But even if Obama did not have enough media support to cover ACORN - and he seemed to have ample cover - Republican fraud, combined with unsupported accusations of partisan bias against California Secretary of State Bowen, have left Republicans no basis to speak credibly on this issue either.
Obama has also displayed an impressive ability to make his radical past a non-issue, along with his radical associates. This has already been discussed to death.
So we have a new election-winning model before us, being demonstrated to its best advantage under ideal conditions by - I think it has to be said - a political genius, a man who has seized and used a decisive advantage in the money race, exactly where his side of (left, relatively radical) politics has been so disadvantaged till now that it's been denied a chance to show its worth in government. Key elements of the new model are:
- Overwhelming mainstream media support (including lack of interest in his illegal activities)
- A vast money advantage intentionally boosted to an unknowable but likely large extent by foreign and other illegal donations
- Government funded mass partisan support
- Intimidation and suppression of criticism.
The first two elements are key. The second two elements, despite being perhaps more inflammatory, are peripheral. They merely leverage a great advantage in what one candidate can get away with.
(If "the rules" don't really apply to you, why not take some free kicks, if you're so inclined? And after eight long years of chafing under "selected not elected" George W. Bush, some Democrats, including Barack Obama campaign workers, are so inclined.)
None of this should be taken to imply that the Republican Party doesn't deserve a merciless electoral beating this year.
It's just that the Republicans are being beaten not only by the economy and their own numerous weaknesses and missteps but also by a masterfully implemented new model, one that they not only have no answer to but that they complacently assumed couldn't exist, because the new model is a global model, and the Republican Party hasn't thought globally till now.
The new model is also in at least one aspect of its key elements an illegal model, and while the Republican Party has not historically lacked ardor for both criminal actions and the greatest possible money advantage (see: Richard M. Nixon), it's been thinking small compared to what the global financial / electoral battle-space requires. It's been able to imagine stealing an election, and wanting to. But it's never imagined The Big Steal.