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Obama Knocks 'Old Politics' of McCain

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail:

The Ad: John McCain is blaming Barack Obama for gas prices? The same old politics. Barack Obama thinks high gas prices deserve serious answers and a serious plan. Crack down on oil speculators, raise mileage standards and fast-track alternative fuels.

Analysis: This response ad by Barack Obama uses a classic jujitsu move to turn the attack back on his Republican opponent. Even some McCain supporters acknowledged that his commercial blaming rising gas prices on a Democrat who has been in the Senate for four years was a stretch, especially when McCain himself has said the problem was 30 years in the making.

The key message is that McCain is a practitioner of "old politics" -- the word "old" sits adjacent to the 71-year-old candidate's face -- an approach that both invites viewers to dismiss his charges and positions Obama as espousing a fresh approach to Washington.

But Obama's proposed solutions are long-term in nature and would have no impact on gas prices for years. Many experts doubt that oil speculators are to blame for rising oil prices. Higher mileage standards have already been proposed, and stalled, in Congress, and there is no guarantee that alternative fuels would be financially feasible. Beyond that, the ad says nothing about the cost of a major research program to develop alternatives to gasoline.

The Obama campaign waited to respond to the McCain spot, suggesting a belated concern that the Arizonan's continued attacks on Obama's opposition to offshore oil drilling could be gaining some political traction.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 30, 2008; 7:48 AM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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I'd like to comment on the "obsession some "Talking Heads" in the media have with the topic "What has Obama done?" Besides his young life as Harvard Law Review Chair and all that he accomplished in the Ill. senate....how about... Wrote two books, wrote and delivered 5 or 6 "knock your sox" off speeches since Jan.; ran a campaign that beat the best political team (Clintons) for the Dem. Nominee; out raised all of them with funds on the internet and did it as a black man in America.....WHAT HAS HE DONE YOU ASK? P.S. I'm a white, middle class woman, age 72 and recognize the intelligence and goodness of this man

Posted by: Alice Sparks | August 2, 2008 7:16 PM

Uh....Obama makes me SICK to my stomach. He could say the sky is green and purple and people would take him at his word. When are you guys gonna stop giving him a free ride?????????

He said Hillary played "old politics"...now McCain is playing "old politics", and you journalists fall for it. Have you ever really looked his HIS style of politics........he practices what he preaches against! He plays dirty and his style of politics is just as old as everybody elses.

NObama!! Somebody please stop him

Posted by: Attorney in FL | August 4, 2008 11:59 AM

Obama Knocks 'Old Politics' of McCain

Obama is doing a superb job regarding the majority of concerns of the American people in my opinion. One must realize that this country didn't come to it's down spiraling status overnight and Obama surely won't be able to conquer the world overnight; however, he has the best drawn out agenda to definitely get it back on the right track wherein we the people can regain our American dream moreso than the plan of McCain. In conclusion, I will support Obama to the fullest and recommend the same whom are afraid to regain our American dream.

Posted by: Nisey01 | August 5, 2008 12:55 AM

Obama Knocks 'Old Politics' of McCain
A CORRECTION FROM MY PREVIOUS STATEMENT:

Obama is doing a superb job regarding the majority of concerns of the American people in my opinion. One must realize that this country didn't come to it's down spiraling status overnight and Obama surely won't be able to conquer the world overnight; however, he has the best drawn out agenda to definitely get it back on the right track wherein we the people can regain our American dream moreso than the plan of McCain. In conclusion, I will support Obama to the fullest and recommend the same for those whom are not afraid to regain our American dream.


Posted by: Nisey01 | August 5, 2008 12:58 AM

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