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McCain Pummels Obama at the Pump

Barack Obama may be abroad for the week but John McCain's campaign is making sure voters don't forget about the most pressing domestic issue of the day: rising gas prices.

McCain's campaign launched an ad entitled "Pump" this morning in 11 states -- Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin -- as well as on national cable.

Here's the ad:

The key line? "Don't hope for more energy, vote for it."

This ad, along with another spot hitting Obama for his alleged flip floppery that McCain's campaign put up late last week, are designed to tarnish the Obama brand. For many voters, that brand means "change" and "hope;" for McCain to win, he must transform the Obama brand into "inexperience" and "pie in the sky optimism."

It's a tough task especially since McCain isn't making his case against Obama in a vacuum. Hours after the ad was announced, Obama campaign spokesman Tommy "T-Bone" Vietor had this to say: "John McCain said recently that 'our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington."

Nevertheless, in an environment as toxic as this one for Republicans, rebranding Obama as a do-nothing politician may well represent McCain's only chance at victory in the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 21, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
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And Senator John McCain is responsible for America's biggest strategic blunder since Vietnam, the Iraq War.

...wait a minute...that one is actually true!

NB. McCain continues to state that he would invade Iraq again if given the choice to turn back the clock...It's your choice this November.

Posted by: Chris | July 29, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JABBER | July 22, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Raising the gas tax to 28 cents a gallon might not be a bad idea, if it would mean a further reduction is the use of driving a car, as that would lessen the demand for oil and lower the price of gas. The reduction of car use because of the higher cost of gas has had the most immediate impact on reducing the price of oil because of the reduction in demand relative to supply. There is also a dramatic need to repair roads, highways and bridges, and that increase in tax would help do that.

In fact the best case scenario would be the complete destruction of the tax system as we now have it, and to go with the Fair Tax system which would only tax consumption, not income, savings or investment. See "The FairTax Book" by Boortz and Linder.

Posted by: Stanley S. Silberstein | July 22, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

of coors ~ turning our country around (from itz current mo mentum under bush et al) will be like the proverbial battle ship in a creek. but ya gotta start sum wears.

will bho be able to deliver on all his promises? ~ of coors knot ~ will mcKain be a carbon bush ~ hopefully we wont have to find out but eye doubt it just in case we do.

in the end it begins with a rhetorical choice ~ whose line is it anyways?

it starts with the new idea ~ then reality responds slowly but only if we do.

Posted by: monkees ~ not just for people any more | July 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

To FlCracker,
Please give me a break. You are basing your righteous indignation on a "rumor" reported on Fox News? The news station that brought you the "terrorist fist bump" and claims that O'Reilly operates in a "No-spin" zone?
Are you really that blind? Do you really believe Fox is honest and unbiased, and above starting false rumors in order to sabotage a non-conservative candidate? Rupert Murdoch loves people like you.
A truth in advertising law would make them change their slogan to the more accurate "We distort, so you're deceived"

Posted by: easyduzit | July 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm totally in awe at the number of fools that don't have any idea or conscious thoughts regarding what it takes to be our President. These are the same space shots that elected Bush/Cheney twice and have no objections or disgust with what these two criminals have done to our Constitution and to our country. They're worried that Mr. Obama lacks experience in foreign affairs and the Gang of Perniciousness' delegate, Mr. McManiac, doesn't know what time it is or what country he is living in.
Woe is us. I surely have trouble with understanding why anyone and I mean anyone would want another reprehensible Republican to be our President. Having been in control of Congress for 14 of the last 15 years and totally abrogating responsibility for oversight, the GOP deserves to be shut down for good and stomped into the ground. Please believe me when I say this, "what's good for America won't be pursued by Republicans".

Posted by: nononsense1 | July 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Guess what folks something new is lurking in the halls of Congress. They are whispering about increasing the gas tax from 18 to 28 cents per gallon. There was an article on Fox about it last night. The Highway Fund is going into the red and now that gas has hit $4 and over a gallon people are not buying enough gas to fund the Highway Fund so they are going to whack us with another tax. When do you suppose that is going to happen? Before of after the general election? My bet is after and the ones pushing it are the Dems since the Republicans are pushing for more production. They have finally pushed us over the brink to conserve and now they want more taxes. Isn't life just grand. What a Catch 22. They get what they want and then they come up short and look who they are going after for the fix. The good old taxpayers and driving public. Why don't you ask Pelosi and Reid about this one.

Posted by: flcracker | July 22, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

This RNC Ad which was approved by McCain..shows just how despicable and deceitful the party has become...

McCain who after 8 visits to the middle east starting in 2004 and STILL does not know its borders....someone buy this man a 2008 Geography Globe..

And while Mr Obama is in Iraq and Afganistan, and now going to Jordan and Israel..Mr Mcain was at a baseball game on a SUNDAY, drinking beer (probably Coors Light) and farting into a baseball stadium seat and having hot dog meat dribbling out of his mouth while talking to and sitting with who has to be the biggest loser of all time fro the RNC, McCains bid for VP....Rudolph Giuliani...WOW its seems that the RNC is starting to believe its own lies.....

Lets see those two on the ticket, the RNC would collapse under its own "BM"

If the 2000 McCain met the 2008 McCain on the senate floor there would be a fistfight...

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 22, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The McBush campaign released their "Gas" ad the same week that T. Boone Pickens, a SUCCESSFUL oil man (as opposed to 43), stated quite directly "We cannot drill our way out of this crisis". BHO will hit this argument out of the ballpark and he'll use "Swift Boat" Pickens' spot to help...

Posted by: Richard | July 22, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

It's sad to see that the 'conservative movement has rotted intellectually to the point that all they seem to be able to do is to blame Democrats and "libs' for all their problems, like small children, or to make racist taunts at Obama and his wife. I remember there was a time when conservatives had some actual thoughts and ideas.

But that was a long time ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Oops, meant LaVaughn

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Michelle's middle name is actually LaVaugn, for those of you who don't know.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD. Negative consequences in drilling for oil? There may be, we don't know that anything will occur. Drilling for oil and gas has become a lot safer in the last ten years. Are there negative consequences for building nuclear plants, mining and burning coal, using ethanol, damming rivers to generate electricity. etc, etc? OF COURSE THERE ARE!

That leaves you to using a fire outside for heat and cooking - but wait, there are negative consequences to burning wood - to the trees, to the environment with smoke. Hey what are you going to do, sit naked in the forest and either starve to death or freeze to death?

This country is in an energy crisis. We have to to everything we can to become more energy efficient. That includes drilling for oil and gas.

Posted by: johndg | July 21, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Whoever says "I see the clueless Libs are busy here today" doesn't seem to be interested in solving our mutual problems.

Obama's plans have tremendous substance and display deep understanding of the real complexities of the issues. It is true that he has had less time on this earth to play the big and little not so valuable political games and much more valuable practice of constructive politics than Mr. McCain has.

However, he has been around long enough to distinguish himself with his toughness, intelligence, and wisdom. Who do you want in the whitehouse.... an older gentleman, who is.... er... older.... or a younger, more energetic, much more intelligent man.... who has already learned more than the older guy?

Posted by: jake1492 | July 21, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"Would we have increased production of oil and natural gas if the ban on drilling had been rescinded 5 years ago? Of course we would have more, and every litle bit counts."

Yeah, because there are no negative consequences of drilling for and burning more oil, right? Right?

Use that five years to improve on other technologies.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 21, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

To you idiots that use the excuse that it will be five years before new oil leases in the formerly prohibited areas come on line; therefore, there will no new oil this summer. Who the hell says it will culminate in more oil "this summer." Now, please look at this carefully. Would we have increased production of oil and natural gas if the ban on drilling had been rescinded 5 years ago? Of course we would have more, and every litle bit counts. Now if we open up the restricted areas today will we have increased crude production in five year? Highly likely. Is that bad? Isn't is a little stupid not to try every means to decrease our dependence. Will your kids or grandkids benefit from the extra production? Why don't you want to make life a little easier for them (and for those of you who are younger than I). Increased crude cannot decease dependence all by itself. Of course, other avenues must also be used.

Posted by: Johndg | July 21, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Drilling for oil in the US will have a negligible effect on oil prices. Oil drilled for in the US will be a drop in the bucket of the global oil supply, priced at global oil prices. Continued growth of the Chinese and Indian economies will be what paces the continued inflation of oil prices. So, if we drill, we bear the costs of all the risks (how much did the Valdez spill cost us?), with negligible benefit. Except, of course, to the US oil companies who will be able to profit more.

There's no essential difference between dependence on foreign oil and dependence on any oil. A long term plan needs to involve other alternatives.

Of course, a 30-second commercial can't communicate all this. A tidy "Obama's making your gas prices so high" wins the politics-as-usual award. IMO

Posted by: positive force | July 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

These McCain ads are absurd on their face. Does any sane voter actually believe that drilling for oil now will reduce prices at the pump this summer? McCain is deliberately trying to mislead the American public on this and other issues.

When will the media do their job and call McCain on these weak supposed slams against Obama? They only make McCain look inept and Obama stronger.

Posted by: dee | July 21, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

James CH said, "The people who do the killing in terrorist attacks rarely if ever come from well-to-do classes. Instead, they come from poverty, and they come from a student population convinced that the world is against them."

So tell me James, which 9/11 murderer was NOT from well-to-do family? Which official - in ANY terrorist organization around the world - is NOT from a well-to-do family?

Poverty =/= terrorism. Rather, terrorism grows because it works. Why does it work? Weakness and appeasement being the default reaction of most of the west. If terrorist acts were not met with cowardice and fear, but rather viciousness and determination, then terrorism would finally cease to become the logical weapon of Islamists.

Posted by: wooga | July 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you that the only way McCain wins is to tarnish Obama. This ad is a drop. If enough drops fill the bucket, things may change. That is a mighty big bucket to fill, though. For now I believe Obama is heading to a voctory with a 4-5% margin in Novemeber. Being a Republican I wish this was not so, but I am looking at the facts on the ground and see the playing field tilted heavily in Obama's favor.

Posted by: ccarter | July 21, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The "no new energy" democrats are to blame for the high gasoline prices.

The same Democrats who say "You can't drill our way out of this problem" would tell a starving man planting crops will never feed him.

Posted by: pete s. | July 21, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Another gaffe for Mccain. Does Mccain think before he talks? Mccain has made way to many gaffes. Now Iraq borders Pakistan. Obama maybe redesigning the map here at home but Mccain is changing the map abroad. How many mistakes is Mccain allowed to make and why is Obama'a mistakes more serious as the inexperienced candidate than Mccain the experienced candidate? I thought the inexperienced candidate is more likely to make more mistakes. In this case the experienced canidate Mccain, is making more mistakes in foriegn affairs. Does it matter if Mccain makes mistakes or it only matters when Obama does?

Posted by: Carol | July 21, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Mccain's ad is ridiculous and desparate. As the media hangs on to Obama'a every word abroad, again nobody's listening to Mccain today on The Morning Show. Today Mccain made another gaffe. Its funny how Mccain can recite countries that didn't exist in 15 years repeatedly, repeatedly confuse Shia and Sunni tribes, and Said Iraq borders Pakistan and he's still considered experience in foriegn policy. When asked who the leader of Iranin nuclear programs and foreign policy, Mccain didn't have a clue. How is it that the experience candidate seems like the inexperienced candidate, Mccain and the inexeperienced candidate Obama seems like the experienced candidate. Obama hasn't made as many gaffes as Mccain with the players in foriegn countries or the people who make them up. Mccain has made several repeatedly at a time. The media has never questioned Mccain about it or notice it at all. Within day 3 for Obama over sea's and the big gaffe the media is expecting to crusify Obama as being inexperience in foriegn affairs, Mccain made it here at home claiming the same experience. How is it possible for Mccain to claim experience with so many gaffes and misquotes in the foriegn affairs area? How many mistakes should Mccain make before we worry?

Posted by: Dave | July 21, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It takes a special kind of ignorance to think that there are just people born in this world to commit acts of terror.

The people who do the killing in terrorist attacks rarely if ever come from well-to-do classes. Instead, they come from poverty, and they come from a student population convinced that the world is against them.

Terrorism is a political tool, used by those who wish to take power from those who have it and keep it for themselves. Religion is nothing more than one of the tools that terrorist leaders use for recruitment.

Much the same way as in the military, the poor do the majority of the dying for terrorists.

Posted by: JamesCH | July 21, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

My God! When is the American public going to wake up and get a clue? I read these message boards and I can't believe the nonsense. This country is headed for disaster. After 8 years of someone who won the office because of his name recognition and personality we are now charging ahead full speed to elect another know nothing with no experience just because he is in the other party! This is not reality television folks and it's not a little game. Please stop the bullsh%& and start thinking about who you are electing as President of the United States because contrary to what Mrs. Obama thinks, it damn sure is brain surgery! Once again, we are being sold a "package" instead of a statesman. So now the leading candidate has foreign policy experience because he racked up some frequent flyer miles - and there are those out there who will buy it, hook, line and sinker.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"I see the clueless Libs are busy here today."


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Posted by: Blarg | July 21, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The New Yorker piece highlights Obama's reaction to the events of September 11, 2001, as chronicled in his Hyde Park Herald op-ed published barely a week after the towers fell: "The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers," he wrote. "Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

His assumption about the relationship between poverty and terrorism was, and remains, dangerously ignorant.

Posted by: our enemies need love | July 21, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

On May 15, President Bush offered a fairly standard, boilerplate denunciation of appeasing outlaw regimes during a speech to the Israeli Knesset. In Barack Obama's myopic universe, the President's words were interpreted as nothing less than direct political attack on Obama himself, prompting days of hysterical tantrums from the candidate and his surrogates. Obama delivered an angry speech in North Dakota on May 16, exclaiming, "George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for." His fury unquenched, Obama announced he was spoiling for a fight. "If John McCain wants to meet me anywhere, anytime to have a debate about about our respective policies...that is a conversation I'm happy to have," he thundered. It turns out Obama was just kidding about that last part, as he continues to duck and dodge joint townhall meetings with McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't want a commander-in-chief. I want a president. Only one of the jobs of the president is CinC. I want someone who won't neglect the other 99% of the work, someone who can understand economics, and has a clue about where other countries are. And for that matter, what other countries there are in the world.

Posted by: NoVA | July 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Personally I like development of green renewable rather than trying to think of the next natural resource we can plunder.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I see the clueless Libs are busy here today.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I am still waiting for someone in the press to explain to the American people that allowing energy companies to drill offshore or anywhere else in America means that Americans will see the oil. There is nothing to prevent Big Oil from selling oil drilled off the coast of South Beach or Big Sur to China! I would be in favor of drilling if there was a law stating all oil obtained by drilling in the US stays in the US. However, since oil is a globally traded commodity, it would simply be sold in the global marketplace, allowing anyone who bids the highest to buy it.

Posted by: YetiSchemeti | July 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There are 68 million acres of land leased to the oil companies they pay nothing for, why don't they drill there.
Diane, you're a racist. Cindy McSame lives with a misogynist, that means he hates women. look at her sometime, she has that stunned, abused look on her face. She has a lot of 'falls' also. The woman is on drugs for a reason, it's a well known fact. After all, YOUR PRESIDENT BUSH said she was a drug addict, so it must be true. Diane, YOU'RE A RACIST, PURE AND SIMPLE!

Posted by: Andrea D | July 21, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

all you need to do is erect a windmill downwind of my vacuuous speeches and our power needs are solved.

Posted by: snObama | July 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Why you give this sort of crap the time of day is probably the reason I don't frequent your blog any more. It's a blatant negative ad based on false accusations. It would be the same as Obama running an ad on McCain's rape joke or calling his wife a C&*NT

Posted by: Irishspacemonk | July 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm the only one who's noticed McCain's flip-flop on the issue of no negative campaign ads. No one else in the media or blogosphere has mentioned it that I've seen since the most recent McCain ads have come out with more mentions and photos of Obama than McCain. Straight talk indeed.

And what of the McShame of the Senator accepting Social Security benefits? Where is that on everyone's radar screen? He can't even say at what age he began getting the checks. Does he need the $23K plus a year? Paid for by the young people of America? I think not.

If 42% of America is ready to vote for McCain, they're missing something; and someone should be held responsible for telling them.

Posted by: lsousasmith | July 21, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think blaming this on Jimmy Carter is appropriate. simply the idea that the government could fix this is ludicrous. ALl we have to do is create a department of Energy and the rest is downhill. thirty years later - nothing.

Just like the department of education and pretty much every big government program ever created.

then here comes another wet behind the gargantuan ears Lib to try one more attempt at big government solutions. why do they never learn?

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Full transcript of John McCain's remarks in Denver"

McCain: Let me give you a little bit of straight talk on energy. Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long term about the future of the country. If we don't act now to break our strategic dependence on foreign oil, we are putting our national security, our economy and our environment at grave risk. By 2030, America's demand for energy will rise by nearly twenty percent. Our jobs and our very way of life depend on the next President beginning to solve this challenge.
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Given that the solution to global warming is to leave oil unburned in the ground - someone want to square "cheap gas prices" with "global warming concerns"??

Only a politician can do both at the same time. How about some 'straight talk' about that from a real professional?

Posted by: NoOneImportant | July 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain said recently that 'our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington.'"

Did McCain really say that?

Its surprising, if he did - because that puts him in the rare company of Tim Pawlenty, another Republican who apparently thinks Jimmy Carter was right on energy.

Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: bsimon | July 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Truly McCain's lack of merits being ignored and hidden behind GOP talking points will "Straight Talk" how the Calif offshore oil will only provide 45 days of petroleum to the US if drilled, right? - a decade from that drill hitting the ocean floor?

But of course the value of those offshore oil pockets that the whiners in the GOP isn't about 45 days of petroleum ten years from now, it's value is the usual rhetoric to keep their base voters consistently ignorant of the world they live in.

Posted by: Begonia | July 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

the american people are not going to buy the fact that obama caused gas prices to go higher. this ad is extremely ineffective

Video of unenthusiastic anti-obama Protest

Posted by: captainhawk | July 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA: Mission accomplished--everyone's afraid to criticize me. Let's take advantage. David?
AXELROD: Reveal that you've heard the voices of long deceased African-Americans pleading for retroactive enfranchisement. Acknowledge that's unworkable, but argue that black votes cast in November should count twice to make up for centuries of discrimination.
OBAMA: That's fair. We'll make this a civil rights issue. Call it the ''one man, two votes'' principle. Howard?
DEAN: Ramp up the recession talk while blaming Republicans for the country's mood.
OBAMA: Good. Tell the anchors I want more people-eating-dog-food and homeless-selling-their-organs-for-cash stories. Spread the rumor that Americans are getting Care packages from Bangladesh and Darfur. Dave?
PLOUFFE: Go bold. Pledge to replace the military with your Civilian National Security Force. Promise that on Day One, you'll declare World War Free, and soon after send the CNSF to every country on the planet with your message of peace.
OBAMA: Hmm ... I'll need at least five terms to finish my political ministry. We'll have to repeal the 22nd amendment
MICHELLE: Hey, hold on here. It's MY turn in 2016. You hear me, Barack.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, McCain's batting .500 on the ad front this week.

The "Country First" ad was subversively brilliant, a simultaneous attack on Obama's patriotism and his character.

This one is running on fumes. The premise is faulty: More drilling won't lower short-term prices (now building new refineries would, but copywriters weren't savvy enough to employ a more plausible argument).

If McCain's people are smart, they'll use the "Country First" tagline in EVERY ad. It works. It devastates.

The pump ad: a dry hump. (A bit crude, but so is petrol. Ouch.)


Posted by: scrivener | July 21, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

tim russert is already missed. He would not have let that lying fool gore get away with all the exagerrations and outright fabrications.

MTP has jumped the shark.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, McCain's batting .500 on the ad front this week.

The "Country First" ad was subversively brilliant, a simultaneous attack on Obama's patriotism and his character.
on fumes. The premise is faulty: More drilling won't lower short-term prices (now building new refineries would, but copywriters weren't savvy enough to employ a more plausible argument).

If McCain's people are smart, they'll use the "Country First" tagline in EVERY ad. It works. It devastates.

The pump ad: a dry hump. (A bit crude, but so is petrol. Ouch.)


Posted by: scrivener | July 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yoink, thats the sound of homer simpson - ripping this story off the fridge.

Posted by: Wh | July 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL, we're supposed to get our expert advice on any issue from a candidate for POTUS who today didn't even know that Pakistan does not border Iraq? Gee, and yet.... he made over 30 oral and written confessions to the Viet Namese with all the proper intel that killed our troops in Nam without so much as an error.

Mr. Foreign Affairs Expert McCain, LOL barely knows that he lives on planet Earth let alone what countries the propagandists in his party are using our tax dollars to keep their base voters doughy pant loads properly doughy claiming bogie men under their plaid sofas.

Video of wanna' be POTUS of shame on live TV

Posted by: Begonia Buzzkill | July 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

No you won't. go down the street to the hitler monument you big government fascist.

Posted by: the Germans | July 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I will be speaking at the Brandenberg Gate. watch for me.

Posted by: snObama | July 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Before Obama's departure, Charles Krauthammer asked of the Democrat's desire to speak at the Brandenburg Gate, "Who is Obama representing? And what exactly has he done in his lifetime to merit appropriating the Brandenburg Gate as a campaign prop?"

Noting other evidence of Obama's "elevated opinion of himself" -- including last month's flap over the candidate's personalized presidential seal -- Krauthammer asked whether there has "ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?"

Posted by: Obamassiah | July 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

So, the ad's "logic" is that BHO is responsible for $4/gal gas because he opposes offshore drilling? I guess Gov. Schwarzenegger is also responsible for $4/gal gas. Maybe we should include GHWB, who signed the ban in the first place, and GWB, who only recently lifted the ban (after gas got to $4/gal). And, of course, Sen. McC and Gov. Crist are also recent converts. Even McC's advisor (Holtz-Eakin) acknowledges that offshore drilling is unlikely to have an immediate impact on gas/oil prices -- and that's if the oil companies are able to rapidly find suitable oil deposits.

The sad part about this ad is that McC's campaign thinks it will work. I don't know if that says more about McC's political operation or their view of the average American's intelligence.

Sigh. How many more months of this?

Posted by: mnteng | July 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... McCain proposes to allow drilling in Anwar AND permit the oil companies to sell that oil to China and Asia. Please, tell us, how on earth does allowing big oil companies and commodity traitors to sell our oil to foreign countries help this country's oil crisis? It doesn't. If McCain really wanted to help our oil problem he would resign from the senate and drop out of the Presidential race immediately. This senile old coot has no new ideas, is nothing more than the same money grubbing swine he was when he was one of the Keating Five.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"The USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier, is now under construction in Hampton Roads, Va. It will be ready to join the fleet in 2015, replacing a carrier launched 47 years ago. Do we know that the USS Ford will be needed in 2015?

No, we do not. But can we afford to bet against it?

Obama thinks so. According to his own campaign literature, he is willing to let the USS Ford, and many more of tomorrow's defense technologies, rust at the pier."

We don need no stinkin Navy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bush is far from being a "total failure." He has endured public disapproval while waging a bold campaign against terror, that has, for the most part, kept America safe since September 11. By contrast, Mrs. Pelosi's Congress has both a dismal poll rating and no legacy.

Posted by: who's the real total failure? | July 21, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Americans are afraid of this scenario, Barack H. Obama as commander-in-chief. The New York Times and CBS News released a poll this week; in it, Americans answered detailed questions about this possibility.

The poll's answers shocked the strategists at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago. An intensive international travel schedule for Obama and a refocus of the campaign's message on defense and foreign policy speaks to this fear.

The poll says Americans consider him lacking in the abilities necessary to run the armed services. Conversely, the polls show John McCain blows Obama out of the water as a good commander-in-chief. Forty-six percent of respondents thought McCain would very likely "be effective" as commander-in-chief, as opposed to only 24 percent saying the same of Obama. In fact, 36 percent think it is "not likely" Obama will be effective in the position.

Posted by: we already know | July 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain, a man who doesn't use the Internet or other modern tools, isn't going to solve the oil problem because he is stuck in the oil mindset. Not sure if Obama will be any different, but at least he has the capacity go "get it." Sad that Al Gore and T. Boone Pickens are making more sense than both these guys. Below us a longish general concept that understands all sides of this issue.

Green Technology and National Security

Why did we lump the environment with national security? Because eliminating our dependency on foreign oil is a national security issue as it takes away a significant amount of cards from our enemies. For example, cartels are illegal in the US but at the same time, we rely on the OPEC cartel for our oil. Expedited funding and research into viable green technology is part of the answer. It also is a major developing industry where we can make lots of money and create tons of jobs. At the same time, we represent a new generation of "Trustbuster." At the turn of the 20th Century, Teddy Roosevelt broke up the monopolies that stifled small business and economic growth. Now is the time to bust up the oil companies. These companies are designed, as they should be, to make money for their shareholders. We support this. The Modern Whig Party understands that corporations would actually be violating the rules if they strayed from their fiduciary duties toward their shareholders. However, an oil company has no business owning another energy resource such as coal. Believe it or not, clean coal technology exists and if permitted to grow, West Virginia and Southeast Ohio will become the engine of the world. From

Posted by: Military Whig | July 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What's with the McCain ads? Are we going to have to retitle your blog on our readers to "The Page?"

Posted by: smallddem | July 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey soldier - is that a navy uniform?

The navy generally stays at sea, Sir. We are Marines.

Posted by: snObama | July 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

no I don't

Posted by: Malaki | July 21, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Malaki agrees with me.

Posted by: snObama | July 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Upon seeing all those photos from the middle East this weekend of Obama's trip, it was getting difficult to tell which Muslim he was.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Obama's impossible road ahead:

Posted by: PacificGatePost | July 21, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

You may have heard that Matt Drudge "rules our world" -- the "we" in question being members of the political media, who helplessly march off like pod people to cover stories when Drudge tells them to with his little siren.

That Drudge rules our world is something you hear constantly from members of the press themselves. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, for instance, recently hailed Drudge's "ability to drives news cycles" and the "power Drudge has to push a particular storyline or a broader narrative in the race."

Except that it turns out that Drudge doesn't always rule the world of political reporters. Yesterday, Drudge blared the following banner headline for around 20 hours straight:


While The Times and the Associated Press finally got around to posting stand-alone stories on Maliki's endorsement of Obama's withdrawal time-line late last night, WaPo downplayed the news on Sunday and only flagged it in the 18th paragraph of its story today on Obama's trip. No stand alone story from WaPo yet. And has this story gotten the sort of wall-to-wall cable coverage that other Drudge-flacked tales have?

The point, as has been made here repeatedly, is that reporters and editors make editorial decisions to follow Drudge. They themselves confer on him whatever influence he has, and then in turn claim to be hypnotically transfixed into obeying him.

As we can see on the Maliki story, reporters and editors do have the power to refrain from treating Drudge as their assignment editor. I thought Drudge ruled WaPo's world. What happened?

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Is this board just going to run nonstop McCain ads now, CC?

And agree with Bondjedi--McCain has been in DC for 30 years. Why has never tried to find a solution? Everyone knows [well, everyone with a brain that is] that more drilling will not increase supplies for many years and that the impact at the pump will be about 3 cents a gallon. But McCain is a demagogue, another Bush.

Posted by: Same old, same old | July 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Chris..this is so laughable. McCain is potentially putting himself in a bind. I'm sure there is video footage of McCain himself opposing offshore drilling over the last 7 years.

If Obama and his campaign are smart (which they have been very much so up to this point), they will "milk" the Obama overseas trip for at least a week-and-a-half as they transition back into talking about the economy.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Note that CC doesn't say anything about the content of the ad. Is McCain telling the truth? Is there any merit to his proposed solution? Is he bashing Obama for holding a position that he himself held until the last few months?

None of that matters. It only matters what McCain wants people to think, and how the ad fits into his strategy. Accuracy and honesty are meaningless. Welcome to The Fix.

Posted by: Blarg | July 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain said recently that 'our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington.'"

And McSame has been there everyday for the last 30 years. What the hell has he done about dependence on foreign oil, other than listen to oil & gas lobbyists' sales pitches while they whisk him from fundraiser to fundraiser on their private jets?

The McSame camp is playing with fire. Obama already batted this nonsense out of the park during the Dem primaries, and that was against a better candidate. Will McSame be dumb enough to bring up the gas tax holiday once more?

Posted by: bondjedi | July 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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