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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

“The Middle Class First”

posted by on August 13 at 9:35 AM

Finally, a strong comeback from the Obama campaign to John McCain’s “Country First” mantra:

This is exactly what Obama needs to do: Shut down the claim that he’s somehow putting America’s needs behind his own needs (his needs as a celebrity, his needs as a Muslim Manchurian candidate, whatever the insinuation ends up being) and move the conversation right back to the ground that McCain and the Republicans are weakest on: the economy, Iraq, the legacy of Bush, and the growing divide between rich and poor in this country.

It sometimes takes a while for campaigns to hit on the right comeback (see, esp.: all the things John McCain’s camp threw against the wall before the “celebrity” meme stuck). Looks to me like team Obama has finally settled in on the right one-two punch of a response.

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Has the celebrity meme stuck? I was unaware. What's awesome is that Mike Myers, who owns the copyright to the Wayne's World footage in the McCain celebrity ad, asked the campaign to stop using it. McCain's response: "a celebrity backlash!"

Posted by Ziggity | August 13, 2008 9:45 AM

Doesn't Obamaland look clean and appealing? All those strong blues and sunrise tones. Not sure about the visual coup of awarding McCain what seems to be a lengthy book, though. Gives him too much visual gravitas.

Posted by Andy James | August 13, 2008 9:55 AM

We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!! Go Hillary 2012.

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 13, 2008 10:06 AM

Got debt?

Cause the budget deficit TRIPLED this month compared to last year.

Not to mention 38 percent of all US corporations paid NO INCOME TAX this past year.

And John "Red Bush" McCain wants even MORE tax cuts for the ultra-rich and corporations.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 13, 2008 10:12 AM

Content aside, is anyone doing campaign ads without the stupid deep scary voice?

Posted by cracked | August 13, 2008 10:42 AM

Will can you back up your big business statistics? I would like to cite that information for future reference...

Posted by tiffany | August 13, 2008 10:48 AM

This ad is too vague. Saying McCain supported 95% of the Bush agenda doesn't make people say "WTF?". Obama needs to drive home the abrasive details of the Bush legacy that McCain and the neo-con Republicans supported. Divide and conquer. Blaming McCain's party of deregulation and greed for the housing crash would be a good start. Oh, and start using McCains don't know much about the economy lines.

Posted by former editor | August 13, 2008 10:59 AM

Election years are like Christmas for scary, deep-voiced narrators.

Fees and royalties from this year keep 'em going for another four.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 13, 2008 11:38 AM

Hey, we could use some work here!


stop laughing!

Posted by squeak voiceovers actors union | August 13, 2008 2:01 PM

the stats come from today's Wall Street Journal, as provided by the US Government.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 13, 2008 2:03 PM

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