Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

The Gas Prices Issue Is Working In McCain’s Favor

Right now, Americans across this country are rolling up in their cars at the gas pump at their gas stations, bemoaning the skyrocketing price of gas with every flip of the digital numbers on the pump screen. They see the effect immediately of high gas prices on their budgets, and see it in the increase in the cost of the groceries they buy. To them, it’s real, and they’re hurting in their wallets and household expenses.

McCain is driving the theme of “Drill HERE. Drill NOW” rather effectively. Many Americans have latched onto this catchphrase as a quick fix to their problems. The problem is that they don’t know that it takes SEVEN years to see a single NEW drop of gas into their cars. Also, they don’t know that it only brings a ten-cent reduction in the price of gas they buy. The Democrats aren’t communicating this point very well right now.

They’re trying to beat the Republicans over the head with the information about oil companies not using 68 million acres of land they’re leasing. That talking point clearly isn’t working.

They need to say, “The Republicans are lying to the American people again, this time on the off-shore drilling issue. That proposal WON’T bring a single NEW drop of gas for seven years. Can Americans afford to wait seven years to see a ten-cent drop in the price of gas? They can’t, and that’s why Senator Obama’s plan works for them.”

Democrats, and yes, particularly Senator Obama’s campaign, need to stress how the Republicans are lying on this issue since it forces the media to cover the lies behind Senator McCain’s proposal. Senator Obama’s off to a good start in addressing the issue of gas prices this morning right here:

“We can invest those billions of dollars in making sure that we’re providing tax cuts to middle-class families who are struggling with higher gas prices.”

Adds: “If we’ve got serious commitments from Europeans to deal with these energy issues… that will have an impact on our economy.”

He needs to stress how his plan to help Americans with gas prices is realistic, and will show an immediate effect at the gas pump. That’s what they want to hear, and that’s how he should communicate his points across to Americans, but in a more aggressive manner while attacking Senator McCain’s off-shore drilling proposal as the political flip-flop pander it is.

July 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. His best ammo is his experience with the gas tax holiday in Illinois – which did nothing for consumers because oil companies raised the price.

    Comment by dansac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. P.S. Slink for press secretary

    Comment by dansac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. Heh, no thanks. I’d rather not deal with the media. I outright disdain them.

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Wasn’t there an oil rig spill in the Mississippi River just this week?!?!?! Folks, there’s a real way to make an argument against this – you just have to drill it home (pardon the pun).

    Comment by Suzie Q | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  5. Great point Suzie.

    Comment by dansac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  6. According to latest reports it will not take 7 years to get oil. There are oil platforms off the CA coast that were capped off that could be opened back up easily. If it effects price or not remains to be seen, however, it is preposterous to not use our resources when other nations are drilling or preparing to drill all around us. The US Geological survey just revealed a new expected 90 Billion barrel find in the Arctic. ANWR is estimated at 10 Billion barrels, offshore areas will add more to that, and if we develop shale, even more. We need to get started NOW! Every day we waste is a threat to our security and our financial well being. It will produce great jobs for Americans. There are too many positives to this to just say, “Oh, it will take too long, let’s do nothing.”

    Comment by Cam | July 25, 2008 | Reply

  7. Cam, your comment is insanity of the highest order.

    As I read somewhere, someone said, “Oil is a drug. You don’t get off crack by trying to bring the price down.”

    The answer is investment in alternative energy now – those are the best kinds of jobs for our future.

    Comment by dansac | July 25, 2008 | Reply

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