Eleanor Clift (Newsweek):
If he won't refute McCain's attacks, does he look stronger or weaker?--The Obama campaign is almost Zen-like in its serenity, brushing aside a series of negative attacks as outmoded expressions of old politics, charting its own timetable in choosing a running mate, dismissing worries about being overshadowed by the Olympics as outmoded. Delaying the vice presidential announcement doesn't matter except to political reporters planning their vacations, but the eerie calm emanating from Chicago about the story line advanced by the McCain campaign has Democrats worried that once again their candidate will be stereotyped as a self-absorbed elitist. Democrats are nervous that the Zen-like demeanor of the campaign is naive, but maybe it's just a way of calming everybody down. By not reacting to every groundless attack, Obama could be leading us into the new politics he promised. Or he could just be a easier target to hit.Howie P.S.: "John McCain's 'bullet' leads the assault on Barack Obama" (Telegraph UK) gives us the story from the other side. debrazza weighs in on The Jed Report with "The Truth About Negative Campaigning."