Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Obama Launches ANOTHER Energy Attack Ad

I’m starting to like what I see. Coming off the heels of yesterday’s energy attack ad, here’s one which I think in some ways is even stronger:

This one doesn’t use the ominous music that so many attack ads do, but takes you in with a softer sound. Then it launches into an attack on McCain for being in Washington for 26 years, voting against alternative energy and higher gas standards. It’s a very stark reminder of who is the long-time Washington insider, and who is the frsh face of change. NOTE: I’ll get the transcript as soon as available.

There’s still a lot more work to do, and I think there could be a simpler way to define McCain, but at least now Obama is investing in advertising that pushes back against McCain, and particularly on the energy issue – one which McCain has been bludgeoning Obama with.

Obama team: good job, remember now, every single ad, every single release, every single speech has to include a defining attack on McCain and his miserable record.


August 5, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, Uncategorized | ,


  1. good job, put the ad could be more pointed. What the Obama campaign should be saying is ‘ John McCain doesn’t feel your pain. John McCain admits he doesn’t know much about the economy. John McCain calls ” Americans a nation of Whinners. ”

    Comment by Tarik | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. We need more ads like this, hitting McBush on his record. link him to Bush fail policies. Every speech should have McCain and Bush handcuff together it’s very effective. Whenever I hear Bush’s name it makes me go crazy!!!!

    Comment by Jerry | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. why the hell is obamas campaign only dipping there toe in the water with these ads. your right there aint the usual ominous music, but there should be. quit with the casual half assed attacks and make it stark and obvious.

    Comment by jon | August 5, 2008 | Reply

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