Obama on the High Road

After the barrage of negative ads released by the John McCain team, it is refreshing to see Barack Obama’s campaign push back.  This is a brilliant ad that shows Obama is definitely taking the high road. 

I expect that McCain will take it down a level by playing the race card as his campaign hinted with this week.  A truly desperate act by a truly desperate candidate.  How sad, indeed.


12 responses to “Obama on the High Road

  1. Nice try but you’ve got it backwards. Obama is obsessed with race, his own and those who don’t agree with him. McCarthyism reborn, he see’s a racist around every corner. Oh BTW, forgive my BARRAGE.

  2. That’s a good ad. McCain will feign outrage over it, though, claiming Obama is attacking his character — the character of a war hero! How could he do such a thing?!!!

  3. Doulos – Just a couple of questions for you.
    How is Obama obsessed with race? Please provide examples. (And don’t waste my time with Rev. Wright)
    Are you even aware of what Obama’s race is? Did you know that his mother is a white woman from Kansas?
    And your BARRAGE is always welcome here.

  4. Ben, I believe that you’re correct. That has been the MO so far.
    McCain would never run on his war record so Obama has no right to ‘attack’ it.

    Of course McCain mentions his war record often and they are proudly displayed in his campaign ads.

  5. That is a good ad. Excellent counterpunch that still stays positive. It simply addresses McCain’s actions point by point, with sources to back them up.

  6. I agree. Obama’s team spends the time to produce quality ads while McCain’s campaign seems to throw things together. The new one today (The One) proves (again) that they don’t think of all the angles.

  7. Tempted as I was to ignore your accusation of ignorance, I’ll play along. Yes, I am fully aware of Obama’s biracial nature and his self identification as a black American. Therefore what? He is unable to exhibit the continuous need to draw attention to his race, stating that those who oppose him will “try to scare you” or make you notice that “he’s not like the other people on the currency”? For someone who claims to be post-racial, he does not miss an opportunity to draw attention to his race. His political maneuvering to label others racist is going to draw a sharp response at the polls.

    To correct your Rev. Wright association – he is not obsessed with race, he is obsessed with racism.

    Perhaps, rather than focusing on the effectiveness of various ads, voters should look at the positions of the two platforms. Either McCain or Obama will be president, not king.

  8. Please explain this…

    “He is unable to exhibit the continuous need to draw attention to his race, stating that those who oppose him will “try to scare you” or make you notice that “he’s not like the other people on the currency”? For someone who claims to be post-racial, he does not miss an opportunity to draw attention to his race. His political maneuvering to label others racist is going to draw a sharp response at the polls.”

    So he’s unable to call attention to his race? Or he draws attention to it every time he speaks. Which one? Obama claimed, correctly, that McCain used code words to call him “different” and “un-American.” Remember McCain’s ad, “The American that Americans want to elect” ? McCain’s strategy is clearly to aimed at making people afraid of Obama for reasons of race, name and popularity.

    If McCain truly wants to run on the issues – Iraq War, deficit, recession, opposing taxes to be paid by the oil companies because they support him – why don’t we see those ads? Why the “different” or un-American ads? Why the Britney and Paris Hilton ads? My assertion, and one agreed to by David Gergen, the New York Times, Time magazine and many others, is McCain feels he cannot win on the issues so he’s going to attack Obama with personal smears.

  9. Rob, is the punctuation difficult or was it your editing of the words that caused the confusion? Notice that immediately prior to the question you quoted there was a question. You left that out but he quote you pulled clearly was an extension of that question. Therefore, your second paragraph poses a false dilemma, one that does not exist.

    As to the code words supposedly used, would you and Mr. Gergen like to expand on that? McCain has not questioned Obamas patriotism, Americanism or anything else. That is, unless you’re looking for such things and of course, you’ll see them everywhere.

    So let’s look at the issues you offered:
    Iraq War – being won by the brave willing to sacrifice for the good of free people in the world

    Deficit – probably agree with you but you’d have to state facts further. Is it a wartime deficit, necessary to repel those who would destroy America given the chance?

    Recession – can you give us the consecutive months of negative growth that define the recession you’re talking about? I’ve looked pretty carefully at the facts and can’t find them.

    Taxes paid by Oil COmpanies – have they suddenly stopped paying taxes? Or are you referring to the nationalistic tendency to take their legally earned profits as some sort of windfall profits tax. Speaking of oil companies, can you run down the history of investment the oil companies have made through the years? How many times have they invested in infrastructure, exploration, etc. only to have them stolen by corrupt governments as they nationalized everything. Since Obama is now talking about nationalizing the oil companies so he can force them to send $1000 to every family, I suppose we’re about to see the same thing here in the land of the free. That should do a lot for consumers as the oil companies decide they are through being robbed and get out of the business altogether.

  10. Doulos:

    Your punctuation was sophomoric. Your logic was below freshman level. Here’s a list of people who agree that McCain has taken the low road:


    In the middle of John McCain’s dopey Britney & Paris attack ad, the announcer gravely asks of Barack Obama: “Is He Ready to Lead?” An equally good question is whether McCain is ready to lead. For a man who will turn 72 this month, he’s a surprisingly immature politician—erratic, impulsive and subject to peer pressure from the last knucklehead who offers him advice. The youthful insouciance that for many years has helped McCain charm reporters like me is now channeled into an ad that one GOP strategist labeled “juvenile,” another termed “childish” and McCain’s own mother called “stupid.”


    A few months ago, I wrote that John McCain was an honorable man and he would run an honorable campaign. I was wrong. I used to think, as David Ignatius does, that McCain’s true voice was humble and moderate, but now I’m beginning to think his Senate colleagues may be right about his temperament. From what I can gather, Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, a Republican, reflected the views of many of his colleagues earlier this year when he said:

    “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine…He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”

    The erratic nature of McCain’s campaign seems to be confirming that judgment.

    The New York Times:

    Mr. McCain repeatedly said Mr. Obama “would rather lose a war to win a political campaign” and that he “does not understand” what is at stake in Iraq. He also accused Mr. Obama of canceling a visit to wounded American troops in a German military hospital because news cameras were not allowed. That’s a false account of what occurred — and Mr. McCain ignored Mr. Obama’s unheralded visit to a combat hospital in Baghdad.

    The Washington Post:

    For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

    The McCain campaign has begun airing a new TV hit, dubbed “Celeb,” that ridicules Obama’s appearance before 200,000 people in Berlin, and likens the Democrats’ nominee in waiting to empty-headed celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

    The hit comes on top of a patently untrue charge – repeated by McCain on “Larry King Live” – that Obama snubbed wounded soldiers in Germany by canceling a visit to a military hospital.

    For a list of people who agree with you, please check the websites of John Hagee and David Duke. Oh wait, you’ve already been there.

  11. Well Rob, your poltroonery has certainly silenced me! Let’s see, name calling (check), attempted character assasination (check), dismissal of the actual issues (check). Yes, I think you covered everything. Your schedule of liberal leaning sources condemning McCain is magnificent. Did you just run out room for the balance, providing as many non-Obama sychophants in counter argument?

    John Hagee’s eschatology is sharp discordance to my own so I probably won’t spend any time with his material. David Duke, let’s see, isn’t he a self avowed white supremacist or something of that nature? If you knew anything about me, you’d know how foolish that particular rant appears.

    Time to grow up Rob. Obama is not your savior nor is he qualified in any way to be President of the United States. You’ll vote and I’ll vote. We’ll see who wins.

    By the way, sophomoric is not a synonym for ill chosen. It means intellectually pretentious while being ill informed, as in “It is sophomoric to use words to castigate others with whom we disagree when we don’t understand their meaning or usage.”

  12. Doulos:

    Time magazine liberal-leaning? Compared to which publication? The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is liberal too? It’s owned by Hearst. A private media company that leans far to the Right. I used to work for them. So while you get your information on the media from Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage, I obtain mine the old-fashioned way, with facts and experience. Dismissing all the facts and evidence as provided by “liberals” or “left-wingers” may have worked in 2004 but Americans are smarter today. Most Americans.