August 9, 2008

SURE HE'S TANKING AS PEOPLE FIND OUT HIS VIEWS...:

No Vacation From McCain's Attacks: GOP Campaign Launches Three Ads as Obama Heads for a Week in Hawaii (Jonathan Weisman and Michael D. Shear, 8/09/08, Washington Post)

"Life in the spotlight must be grand," a female announcer declares to paparazzi-like images of Obama and adoring chants in the background. "But for the rest of us, times are tough."

That advertisement and a Spanish-language ad and radio spot claim Obama voted to raise taxes on families earning just $42,000, a claim based on his vote for a nonbinding, Democratic budget resolution that allows all of President Bush's tax cuts to expire in 2011, something Obama has promised he would not let happen. [...]

"Like it would have crossed our minds to let up on the guy just because he's on vacation?" asked Charles R. Black Jr., one of McCain's top advisers, as McCain flew from Iowa to Arkansas yesterday.

Many Democrats are increasingly worried that trying to debunk the McCain attacks will not be enough, particularly with the candidate on vacation. The Republican National Committee mocked Obama with "Barack Obama's Hawaii Travel Guide," noting the elite prep school he attended on scholarship and highlighting a Chevron station selling gasoline for $4.78 a gallon. [...]

[A]n issue-based counterattack to McCain's character assault is not enough, worried Democrats say.

"It literally is the same old Democratic, consultant-driven politics," said Matt Stoller, a Democratic political consultant and blogger. "It's the same attempt not to tell a story about the country and the other guy, but to prove you're right, like an academic debating seminar."


...but 99 out of 100 engineers agree with him about tire gauges!

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2008 6:16 AM

The young guy needs a vacation, and the old guy? He's still plugging along.

Posted by: Mikey at August 9, 2008 9:18 AM

Will they or won't they?

Allow Obama to be photographed in the surf, in his bathing suit, that is.

And did he fly his new jet, or will he fly commercial? And whose condo (or home) is he staying in - one of his buddies from Chicago, or some uber-liberal from CA?

Posted by: ratbert at August 9, 2008 12:09 PM

Wait until the Atlantic article on the Clinton campaign's internal memos comes out this week. Rush read just three bullet points yesterday, but there are supposedly 130 memos to be listed online next week, with a total of over 200 that may be made public.

He's unelectable. And they will know it in Denver, but most of them probably won't care.

The media is going to be very conflicted going forward - they love Obama (to be sure), but they love political destruction, too. And after all their silence on John Edwards, it will be more difficult to ignore Obama's glaring weaknesses, even if they really, really want to.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 9, 2008 12:22 PM

Obama: "His views"? That is a laugh. Even I don't know what they are until they show up on the teleprompter.

Posted by: ic at August 9, 2008 7:31 PM
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