Robo bust

Looks like nothing is working for the McCain campaign this year.

By Thomas Schaller
Published October 17, 2008 7:30PM (EDT)

It is a sign of the futility not so much of John McCain's campaign per se, but the use of the McCain campaign of historically tried-and-true tactics that, according to this report from New Hampshire, the robo-calls for which McCain is being lambasted just aren't working.

Call it the non-injury added to the insult.

Voters have had it with the substance-free, attack-and-distract methods perpetrated by the modern Republican Party and its conservative allies. That's why leveling anti-American charges, or using guilty-by-association insinuations, or trying to tap into terrorist fear-mongering are all ringing so hollow.

Americans seem to have finally realized that the shell game without a pea that Republicans have been using for years just ain't worth playing anymore. 

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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