Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

The Latest Intelligence-Insulting GOP Talking Point

Having apparently decided that that the McCain campaign hadn’t insulted our intelligence enough with the laughable “Alaska is close to Russia” and “Palin commanded the National Guard” talking points, McCain flack Nancy Pfotenhauer rolls out a new talking point today that really makes me wonder just how low their opinion of the American electorate is:

As the chief executive of the nation’s largest state, Ms. Palin oversees some of the country’s largest energy reserves.

Yes, it’s true: Alaska has the largest landmass of any U.S. state. And apparently overseeing vast tracts of uninhabited land gives you some special insight into governing a nation of 300 million.

As much as I have despaired the media’s inability to see past Republican spin and recognize reality, I ultimately am willing to make the same bet that Obama’s made in the common sense of voters. Thankfully, there are at least some early indications that faith may be justified.

I do wish, however, that Obama would actually turn these flacks against McCain: “John McCain thinks you’re stupid, and won’t notice it if he sends out a bunch of hacks to regurgitate talking points that deny reality. Show him you know better.”

September 2, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, talking points, Veepstakes | , ,


  1. Greg, check out this link from Matthew Yglesias:

    Yes, that’s right…the cities of Austin, TX and Columbus, OH each have greater populations than the state of Alaska.

    Comment by dansac | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. There is one which equals this, in so far as insulting voters.

    “This election is not about issues,” said Davis. “This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.”

    Quote from McCain campaign’s convention Rick Davis.

    Comment by Small d dem | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. Im rather shocked that a bimbo like that has more real experience in the executive branch of american-styled government than any of the men on the tickets. It does make sense though, since in a legislature yer voice is just one element of a larger cacophony of political bullcrap.. Much different than being a figurehead of popular government in and of yourself. Even if the population of Alaska is smaller than the county i live in, the type of roles and responsibilities she had are the microcosm of the job to which she aspires upon the death of the old man. Lol ill vote for her for these reasons, and in the vain hope that we will get to see her funbags one day.. Viva la cunnilingus revolucion!

    Comment by Harry Palms | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. Obama is an insult to every American – Turbines are not, LET ME REPEAT — NOT, worn by Kenyan citizens.

    Talk about a dishonest individual – Obama definitely is the most dishonest politician I have ever seen.


    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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