I like this frame: We’ve all been complaining about the Obama team getting outspun, but his response here is, essentially, “Spinning is for people who aren’t serious.”
Ever since I heard about the tire-gauge stunt, I felt like we finally reached the moment where the McCainiacs’ smugness had caught up with them. To paraphrase (and reverse) a line from “Return of the Jedi”:
MCCAIN: Your faith in the voters’ intelligence is your weakness
OBAMA: Your overconfidence is yours
Good try, but the O-man is off key here. Talking about the GOP pride in “ignorance” and suggesting that they talk to “experts” reinforces the McCain meme that Obama is arrogant and thinks he is above the rest of us.
He should have said: “They’re not making fun of me — they’re making fun of you. They think that all the solutions to our energy problems are going to come from Washington DC; I think citizens like *you* can participate in reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
“What do *you* think?”
Comment by albert parsons |
August 5, 2008
“He should have said: “They’re not making fun of me — they’re making fun of you. They think that all the solutions to our energy problems are going to come from Washington DC; I think citizens like *you* can participate in reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
I AGREE, but at least what he said was accurate.
My pet peeve is ANYTHING that can be factchecked and found wanting… like today on CNN where there’s a factcheck.org link saying Obama’s statements about McCain donations from big oil not being $2M (but a lesser amount)… no one gets to the “lesser amount” information… they just see the “wrongness” because the link on CNN reads: “FactCheck.org: Obama’s overstatement”
I think this was a very good start, but I agree with Albert that Obama can get even more traction by making this issue more about how it’s the republicans that are the elitists that don’t care about the average American.
I was waiting for something along the lines of:
“these republicans that are being fed by the oil companies are actually laughing at you! I see what four dollar/gallon gas is doing to our country and is doing to the good people I meet around the country – and personally I don’t think this is a laughing matter! I don’t see the humor!”
I’ll be impressed when Obama gets the Dem’s to do something “PRIOR” to his election. Prove to me things will be different NOW. Asking me to pay attention for another 4 months then wait another 4 months to potentially see some movement is asking way too much.
Quick telling me how the other guy thinks of me, when your doing nothing tangible to convince me TODAY.
Living in Seattle, WA a city and State where Obama won the primary in every county, might make me a bit smug about our favorite person and candidate. I loved the statement, I loved the way he presented it and even more so, I loved the fact that he was straight on with the comment about their love of ignorance. I don’t know what Republicans are like in other parts of the country but I know what they have become in this state.
Comment by Dawn in Seattle |
August 7, 2008
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