RNC: Obama and the second Jimmy Carter term

posted at 5:15 pm on May 14, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The latest ad from the RNC takes some low-hanging fruit and makes a feast from it. The ad takes the energy policy of Barack Obama and compares it to the last President that tried it — Jimmy Carter. Obama’s call for a windfall-profits tax against oil companies prompts a history lesson about the results from the last such attempt:

It’s an effective ad for several reasons. First, the RNC focuses on policy, where Obama really is more vulnerable than people believe. Second, the Democrats have already begun casting John McCain as the third George Bush term. Republicans can point to a fairly successful management of the economy over the last seven-plus years and ask whether the country wants to continue in that vein or return to the Carternomics that sent inflation, interest rates, and unemployment skyrocketing. Best of all, the ad puts Obama and Carter together making the same pitch — and showing the same incompetence at economic stewardship.

As Obama continues to struggle in the Rust Belt among the working-class voters who would find themselves most affected by a return to Carter-style economic policy, this ad will strengthen their skepticism about Obama’s supposed wisdom and moderation. Bush may have low ratings now, but no one will be excited to return to the Carter Era.


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Good ad, but Carter was hard to hear.

Nethicus on May 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

The tax and spend liberal is so cliche but darned if he does not fit the mold. I’d like McCain to call him that and ask Obama to prove him wrong. What part of your platform is not tax and spend? But my policies help the little guy I just tax the rich that “won’t miss it.” That might help Republicans running for Congress if their Blue Dog opponent comes down in favor of Barack’s policies.

Theworldisnotenough on May 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Good ad, but Carter was hard to hear.

Nethicus on May 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I agree, great ad but they need to boost the audio levels of Carters voice

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Better check with Desmond Tutu and see what he thinks. He’s tight with Carter and knows what black people in this country believe.. Oh, yeah, and Hamas,..get some input from them.

a capella on May 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

they can increase the audio levels with just about any audio editor..

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

OH. MY. F***ING GOD.

Wonderful AD!!

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

There needs to be more of this. Most people voting don’t remember Carter, so they need to be reminded.

- The Cat

P.S. Who was the clueless wonder that didn’t think to change the name of the tax?

P.P.S. They need to do a phrase search for everything Obama has says to everything that Carter said.

MirCat on May 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Rust never sleeps!

mymanpotsandpans on May 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

but no one [HERE] will be excited to return to the Carter Era.

I’ve read comments on other sites by moonbats who think Carter was a great President. Don’t forget Ed, the liberals don’t have a full deck.

kirkill on May 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Obviously, the ad is racist, and a distraction from what is important to the American people. McCain should denounce it at once.

Cicero43 on May 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

kirkill on May 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

True, but the good news is that liberals aren’t the people we have to get to. Independents and moderates don’t want to ever revisit the Carter years.

amerpundit on May 14, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Yeah, that carter clip really needs help. Did TV suck that bad in the 70s?

lorien1973 on May 14, 2008 at 5:24 PM

“Not ready” to be President. Sounds like Al Campanis

tommylotto on May 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Whoo hoo!

A return to gas shortages and a weak president that gets stiffed by Iran.

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Good ad, but Carter was hard to hear.
Nethicus on May 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

And the effect on the text popped in and out.(the ‘sloshing surface of the gasoline’ effect with the words) I’ve seen much more polished motion graphics used in TV ads for text before. Maybe this is version 0.9 of the real ad that’s planned.

Unless someone at the GOP is doing this from their desk and they aren’t using a real production company.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:26 PM

They tie McCain to Bush, we tie Obama to Carter…checkmate.

right2bright on May 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Yeah, that carter clip really needs help. Did TV suck that bad in the 70s?

lorien1973 on May 14, 2008 at 5:24 PM

yes, yes it did.

great ad.

trailortrash on May 14, 2008 at 5:30 PM

This won’t be helpful to Michelle Obama’s children.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

And the effect on the text popped in and out.(the ’sloshing surface of the gasoline’ effect with the words) I’ve seen much more polished motion graphics used in TV ads for text before. Maybe this is version 0.9 of the real ad that’s planned.

Unless someone at the GOP is doing this from their desk and they aren’t using a real production company.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:26 PM

They really should do a V.1 like people do with Anime Fansubs when they don’t get it right the first time..
(Increase the audio of Carters voice and try to clean the static up if possible not as necessary, but the volume increase is more of a higher importance)

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Now imagine if we were running an actual Republican!

TexasJew on May 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

There needs to be more of this. Most people voting don’t remember Carter, so they need to be reminded.

MirCat on May 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

According to the census bureau stats the largest voting block by age was 45 to 64 year olds in the 2004 election. I think most of those folks are old enough to remember the Carter years.

Oldnuke on May 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

So lets see. This year is turning out to be the Dem party attempting to paint McCain as the next George Bush and meanwhile the Republicans are attempting to portray Obama as the next Jimmy Carter. Why do I get the sneaky suspicion that the Dems are in a better position to win this argument? Might one President be slightly more fresh in the minds of the average voter? Yikes.

Zetterson on May 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Those of us who remember the Carter years have spent years trying hard to forget them.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Zetterson on May 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Who was Jimmy Carter hugging recently?

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Did TV suck that bad in the 70s?

Yep. “Hee Haw” was on, but at least Archie Bunker was telling it like it was.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Zetterson on May 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

This is one ad from the RNC.

McCain will present himself to the American people in the manner that he chooses.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Good ad, but Carter was hard to hear.

His hand gestures were just perfect, however.

Alex_SF on May 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Zetterson on May 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Well you can Hug Silky Pony for endorsing Osamessiah, if you want too.

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

they really needed some more visuals. Pics of cars waiting in line for gas.

kirkill on May 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Remember how Carter told us to turn down the thermostats and wear a sweater?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

This won’t be helpful to Michelle Obama’s children.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Funny. Ever since she said that, I’ve been trying to figure out why two kids whose parents made over $4 million last year (not to mention all the nice perks that come with daddy’s Senate job) need so much help.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

For those of us who remember Jimmy Carter, he truly was the: Worst. President. Ever. …well atleast worst of the 20th century.

foxforce91 on May 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Darn!! upinak beat me to it!!

(Just saw the news and emailed it to tips.)

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Remember how Carter told us to turn down the thermostats and wear a sweater?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

OMG, my Mother STILL does that to this day. Imagine being in a house that is 64 degrees and the outside is -40. I freeze my … umm… well I freeze!

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 5:40 PM

The Carter years will look glorious, in retrospect. I wish the Preacher in Chief upon us, because we deserve him.

Entelechy on May 14, 2008 at 5:40 PM

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Ahh I am sorry? I can give you a hug if you would like! >:D

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Since BHO has used Jedi mind tricks on so many Americans, I don’t know how effective this ad will be. I like it though.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s3_jh2dO78U

Hunt035 on May 14, 2008 at 5:43 PM

RNC: Obama and the second Jimmy Carter term

If Barak Obama will be the second Jimmy Carter term, then his election should be followed by the third and fourth Ronald Reagan terms. Sounds great! You talked me into it RNC. I knew you must still be good for something.

MB4 on May 14, 2008 at 5:44 PM

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 5:41 PM

No, I’m good.

:)

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

The ad’s a good idea, but not brilliantly executed (thanks to the muddled Carter video). But I’m still left to ponder – why can’t they take 30 seconds to explain why it is that windfall profit taxes are disastrous?

Just saying that ad idea was tried and failed is not enough. It’s like reading all the way through a book and finding out that the last chapter is missing.

Buy Danish on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Arrgg. Just saying that [an] idea was tried and failed …

Buy Danish on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

And Carter told us the country was suffering from “malaise” (and it was all our fault of course, not his). Runaway inflation, out-of-control interest rates, 100-car lines at gas stations . . . . Remember those inane “WIN” (whip inflation now) pins? It was a nightmare. If you’re too young to remember it, count yourself lucky.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

**snaps fingers** Darn it!

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Yep. “Hee Haw” was on, but at least Archie Bunker was telling it like it was.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 14, 2008 at 5:36 PM

LOL!

ARCHIE!!!!!!!!!(That womans voice.. UNNGGGG!!)

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

For those of us who remember Jimmy Carter, he truly was the: Worst. President. Ever. …well atleast worst of the 20th century.

foxforce91 on May 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Really? He wasn’t perfect but he had a lot of respect for international law. And he sure was better then Reagan in Central America. He finally withdrew U.S. support for the right wing Somoza regime in Nicaragua, helping the more humane Sandinistas take power….whom Reagan later tried to depose by funding terrorists. Nice little contrast there.

annyyway, nice to see an ad attack Obama on policy for once.

crr6 on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Fun Facts on the Global Warming Fraud: THE ALARMISTS

Just who, besides Al Gore, are the people behind the force driving the current “global warming crisis”?

Maurice Strong, a pioneer of the New Age movement, helped to ignite today’s Green movement. A senior adviser to Kofi Annan, he was responsible for setting up the Kyoto Protocol. He has stated that the only way to “save” the world is for industrial civilization to collapse, to deliberately seek poverty, and to set levels of “mortality control”.

Richard Benedict, special adviser to Kofi Annan, stated, “A global warming treaty must be implemented even if there is no evidence of global warming.

Timothy Wirth, former undersecretary of state in the Clinton administration, stated, “We have to ride the theory of global warming even if it is wrong”.

Dr. James Hansen, Al Gore’s adviser, is known as the father of “global warming”. He has admitted that he was willing to exaggerate science in order to get public attention. Though an astronomer and a chemist, Hansen is not a climatologist.

Liv Arneses, a disciple of Al Gore, attempted to pull a sled to the North Pole in an effort to prove that the ice was melting. In March 2007 she left Ward Hunt Island in Canada for her 530-mile journey. Three days later she quit because her toes froze due to the extreme cold.

Barbara Boxer (Senator-D-CA) on May 9, 2007 proposed a “global warming reduction bill” (S309) that, if enacted, will cost a family of four $4,500. Senators Clinton, Obama, Dodd, Biden, Feingold, Kennedy, Inouye, Lautenberg, Leahy, Menedez and Milulski were among the 15 democratic senators who signed the bill.

Prof. Paul Ehrlich’s work has been praised by Al Gore as the “prescription” for our global woes. Among the professor’s works is the promotion of population control and description of human population growth as “cancer”.

Maxx on May 14, 2008 at 5:50 PM

. Remember those inane “WIN” (whip inflation now) pins? It was a nightmare. If you’re too young to remember it, count yourself lucky.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

The WIN buttons were actually Gerald Ford’s.

MB4 on May 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Deja vu

In 1977 Carter had convinced the Democratic Congress to create the United States Department of Energy. Promoting the department’s recommendation to conserve energy, Carter wore sweaters, had solar hot water panels installed on the roof of the White House, had a wood stove in his living quarters, ordered the General Services Administration to turn off hot water in some federal facilities, and requested that Christmas decorations remain dark in 1979 and 1980. Nationwide controls were put on thermostats in government and commercial buildings to prevent people from raising temperatures in the winter (above 65 degrees Fahrenheit) or lowering them in the summer (below 78 degrees Fahrenheit

Rick on May 14, 2008 at 5:52 PM

crr6, you don’t have a clue of what you speak. If you consider Marxists humane, you’re an incredible tool, and that’s the nicest term I came up with, for civility’s sake.

The Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional) is a Marxist Nicaraguan political party.

We could go on all day about this, as I have first hand knowledge of the topic. But given your premise, no thank you.

Entelechy on May 14, 2008 at 5:54 PM

why can’t they take 30 seconds to explain why it is that windfall profit taxes are disastrous?
Buy Danish on May 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Excellent suggestion. I hope someone from the RNC is reading this page.

For me, the newspaper quote is enough. I really do understand that some people have difficulty with certain concepts. Such as – when the govt. taxes less, there is more income (because people – Companies – don’t mind working harder when they get to keep more of their money. More productivity, more money to the government even when it’s a less percentage of tax. Conversely, the more you tax, the less desire there is to spend more money and to take risks in business.)

So a ‘Laffer Curve’ kind of explanation on a napkin, or maybe like the current UPS whiteboard tv ads – as a technique, could be used to explain this along with the message.

It is awesome, however, to see the clip of Obama, and then the next almost identical words coming out of the mouth of Carter used.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Obama’s presentable, well acceptable but policy-wise disastrous. His quasi-religious magic spell will break in flash of Lear-like revelation should a massive recession kick in.

aengus on May 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM

The WIN buttons were actually Gerald Ford’s.

MB4 on May 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

I stand corrected. (But they were still stupid).

AZCoyote on May 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Oops…. posted that to the wrong thread, sorry about that.

Maxx on May 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM

crr6 on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

I can’t believe you just commented that Carter was a better president than the man that saved us from Carter’s disastrous one term (thank God) in office – Reagan.

Rick on May 14, 2008 at 5:58 PM

whom Reagan later tried to depose by funding terrorists…

crr6 on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Reagan wasn’t “funding terrorists”, unless you refer to the Iranian arms exchange, but in Nicaragua your arses in Congress were supporting the Communists. They were not doing anything but harp at Reagan for the release of hostages, while not supporting any action/s, similar to now. Your side always wants it both ways, what comes out of the mouth, and of the other end. Make up your minds.

Entelechy on May 14, 2008 at 5:59 PM

annyyway, nice to see an ad attack Obama on policy for once.
crr6 on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

What are you talking about?

This Can We Ask? Yes We Can ad also “attacked”(as your version of ‘telling the truth’) Obama’s policy and questioned his experience and voting record. Can’t get much more “policy” than that.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

it is a good ad, I just hope that they have enough money so that people get to see it. It might be the best ad nobody ever sees. . . and that’s the primary problem.

ThackerAgency on May 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Who was Jimmy Carter hugging recently?

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 5:35 PM

There’s a maximum of six degrees of separation between Hamas and anyone in the Dhimmicrat Party.

Cicero43 on May 14, 2008 at 6:05 PM

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 5:55 PM

I guess most of us are just happy to see the RNC actually starting to do SOMETHING..(They have been coasting for the past several years doing nothing but taking fire and not responding)

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 6:06 PM

lorien1973 on May 14, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Nope but old footage needs to be restored. You should see clips of the old Stars Wars reel in the 90s before they restored it for the re-release. Its like watching it on a damaged TV set with the sound turned down.

aengus on May 14, 2008 at 6:07 PM

There’s a maximum of six degrees of separation between Hamas and anyone in the Dhimmicrat Party.

Cicero43 on May 14, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Hamas Endorses Obama

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 6:08 PM

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Now that is a great ad.

Buy Danish on May 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM

powerlineblog

April 16, 2008
Hamas Endorses Obama

On Sunday, Aaron Klein and John Batchelor interviewed Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Prime Minister of Hamas, on WABC radio. The interview produced a scoop which, for some reason, has not been widely publicized: Hamas has endorsed Barack Obama for President. Yousef said, “We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election.” Why? “He has a vision to change America.” Maybe Yousef has some insight into what Obama means by all these vague references to “change.”

Of course, Hamas’s taste in American presidents is suspect. Yousef also described Jimmy Carter, who was about to pay a call on Hamas when the interview was taped, as “this noble man” who “did an excellent job as President.”

Yousef was asked about Obama’s condemnation of Carter’s visit with Hamas, but didn’t seem troubled by it. Hamas, he says, understands American politics; this is the election season, and everyone wants to sound like a friend of Israel. Nevertheless, he hopes that the Democrats will change American policies when they take office.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the link above:

Chakra Hammer on May 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Maxx on May 14, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Scarey isn’t it. Like a trainwreck but you have to see the bodies.

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Awesome ad. I only hope McCain can develop a coherent message, and hammer Obama with ads like this. It should be like shooting fish in a barrel, but I try not to underestimate Republicans’ ability to run an incompetent campaign.

Splashman on May 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Anybody that lived through his reign of incompetence does not want a rerun. Sadly, our school system and MSM have him pegged as a great president.

MISERY INDEX anyone?

jukin on May 14, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Two thumbs up. Obama is smugly trying to tie McCain in with Bush. Okay, let’s play. We’ll take Bush (tough on terrorists, grow the economy in the most trying times, cuts taxes), you get Carter (capitulates to terrorists, an economic malaise, and raises taxes). We win.

The Dims are in such a mess, it is disappointing that there is no strong GOP leader that could easily make mincemeat out of those fools. ::looks wistfully at his book about Ronald Reagan::

Mallard T. Drake on May 14, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Obama is undeniably a sorry cross between Jimmy Carter and George McGovern. The RNC ad here is a good beginning; we need to follow it up with more “sound familiar” comparisons — for example:

- Carter’s “malaise” comment compared to Obama’s rhetoric about how the country is mired in a state of hopelessness and despair that only “he” can fix;

- George McGovern’s “Come Home America” plans to gut our military and to secure defeat in Vietnam, compared to Obama’s plan to do the same things vis a vis our military preparedness and snatching defeat from victory in Iraq.

- Carter’s “The American people have an inordinate fear of Communism” and kissing Leonid Brezhnev on the cheek stupidity, compared to Obama’s “unconditional” willingness to chit-chat with our sworn enemies.

- Cap it all off with a clip of Obama mouthing his empty “Hope” and “Change” garbage with a background image of the Boston Globe headline that defined Carter for all time: “More Mush from the Wimp.”

Anyone old enough to remember Carter in 1976 will shudder at his “Version 2.0″ incarnation in Obama; and anyone old enough to remember what McGovern was proposing to do in 1972 will have the same response.

Spurius Ligustinus on May 14, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I agree with the basic premise of this ad, but do people remember Jimmy Carter?

If people still remember Jimmy, I hope some ad is made linking Obama to Jimmy’s foreign policy. It would make me feel good about voting for McCain.

thuja on May 14, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Good ad.

Tag Obama as the second comming of Carter.

29Victor on May 14, 2008 at 7:12 PM

The second Jimmy Carter ad? Well, now, that’s almost a start. Twenty more like this, and there may be some small flicker of hope.

It’s hard to stay calm when we’re allowing them to block domestic drilling and refining, to block nuclear, and to choke our capitalism to its knees by so arbitrarily restricting our energy to their ideologically preferred sources, however contrary to cost-effective analysis they may be.

Energy ideologues like Schumer/Kennedy/Kerry infuriate me every time I fill up my tank to go to work, every time I pay the heating bill for my family to get through the winter, and every time I pay my electric bill for light after sundown.

Yet somehow the public, lulled into enviro-lala-land, doesn’t seem to see who are the villains in this play.

The left’s position on energy is patently untenable. It’s sustainable only when the contrasting view (ours) is ineptly advanced, (when it is advanced at all).

petefrt on May 14, 2008 at 7:25 PM

I still never see Jimmah and BHO in the same room…

Claypigeon on May 14, 2008 at 7:27 PM

This ad gives me a reason not to vote for Obama. It still doesn’t give me a reason to vote for McCain. McCain’s “green” energy policy will be almost as bad as Obama’s.

bigbeas on May 14, 2008 at 7:38 PM

crr6, you don’t have a clue of what you speak. If you consider Marxists humane, you’re an incredible tool, and that’s the nicest term I came up with, for civility’s sake.

What if they were democratically elected? Or does democracy end when countries elect people the US doesn’t like.

…and the Contras were terrorists:

A Central Intelligence Agency documend that became public this week tells Nicaraguan rebels how to win popular support and gives advice on political assassination, blackmail and mob violence.

The 44-page booklet, titled ”Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare,” is a primer on insurgency. Most activity of this sort in Nicaragua has been paid for by the United States through the C.I.A.

The primer explains how to kidnap and kill officials, blow up public buildings and blackmail ordinary citizens.
[...]
If ”it becomes necessary” to shoot a citizen who is ”trying to leave the town,” guerrillas should explain that ”he was an enemy of the people” who would have ”alerted the enemy” so that the Sandinistas could ”carry out acts of reprisals, such as rapes, pillage, destuction, captures, etc.” ‘Neutralizing’ Public Officials

The final lesson in the armed propaganda chapter, titled ”Selective Use of Violence,” involves ”neutralizing” selected public officials. The lesson stresses that ”it is absolutely necessary to gather together the population affected, so that they will be present and take part in the act.”

AJB on May 14, 2008 at 7:52 PM

This ad gives me a reason not to vote for Obama. It still doesn’t give me a reason to vote for McCain. McCain’s “green” energy policy will be almost as bad as Obama’s.
bigbeas on May 14, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Then don’t. And let the chips fall as they may. Who cares? After all, it’s just the presidency at stake. Who cares if Obama is the next president just because people could have voted for McCain but didn’t. 8 years of a liberal socialist democrat who will do the same to this country as Jimmy Carter can’t be that bad.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I read Newt’s warning to the GOP and after the runoff election, his message is clarion bell clear. Unfortunately, it might be too late.

JAW on May 14, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Wish they could somehow include some footage of the gas lines. In California, we could buy gas only on “odd or even” days, depending on the last digit of our car plate. It was hellish. Remember??? I just adore the comparison to Carter. It fits.

marybel on May 14, 2008 at 9:02 PM

I agree. They should show footage of gas lines stretching around the block shortly before sunrise, and/or gas stations with “NO GAS” on cardboard signs out front.

Steve Z on May 14, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Then don’t. And let the chips fall as they may. Who cares? After all, it’s just the presidency at stake. Who cares if Obama is the next president just because people could have voted for McCain but didn’t. 8 years of a liberal socialist democrat who will do the same to this country as Jimmy Carter can’t be that bad.

wise_man on May 14, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I like your snarkiness. I’m probably voting for Bob Barr at this point. Although my lack of volunteering and campaign contributions for the Republicans this election will be felt more deeply than my actual vote. Tell me again how McCain would be a better President than Obama for Reagan conservatives and libertarians?

bigbeas on May 14, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Good ad, but it will take more than that.

Now McCain cares about “global warming.” Will his government take the polar bear herds-by all accounts growing–off the “threated” list so we can drill for oil?

What new boondoggles will McCain introduce to prove he’s a compassionate conservative (in reality a moderate Dem)?

PattyJ on May 14, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Scarey isn’t it. Like a trainwreck but you have to see the bodies.

upinak on May 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM

What does that mean?

Maxx on May 14, 2008 at 11:09 PM

blitz it all over creation

D2Boston on May 14, 2008 at 11:55 PM

The windfall profits tax truly is one of the worst ideas ever. Best part of this ad is it tells people who might not know that this in an OLD idea, not “change” at all. They may not remember Jimmy Carter but they might be surprised that the Messiah is just recycling old, failed ides from the past. Is this what “change” really means?

rockmom on May 15, 2008 at 7:09 AM

I don’t like the “Not ready” part. That assumes that someday he may be ready. These people have to be met head on and removed from any consideration for president, now or in the future.

peacenprosperity on May 15, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Obama is extremely vulnerable to reasoned criticism of his policies, as this ad demonstrates. I don’t understand why the RNC does not do more of this. When challenged, Obama’s illusory “hope and change” simply dissolves.

blueguitarbob on May 15, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Now imagine if we were running an actual Republican!

TexasJew on May 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

I’m fully expecting McShame to denounce this ad as mean-spirited and praise former president Carter in… 3… 2… 1…

dominigan on May 15, 2008 at 9:07 AM

What folks need to do is substitue ‘gas lines’ for ‘Obama’ whenever they talk to mushy headed potential voters. It goes something like this:

Me: “Who are you voting for?”
Them: “I am thinking of voting for Obama.”
Me: “So, you like gas lines?”
Them “No, why do you say that?”
Me: “Well, you just said that you are thinking of voting for gas lines.”
Them: “No, I said I support Obama.”
Me: “Exactly. You are in favor of gas lines.”

This can go on for several moments before logic kicks in, and they realize the direct connection between Obama and gas lines, but it can be quite effective.

Think_b4_speaking on May 15, 2008 at 9:45 AM

An amazing microsecond’s worth of lucidity from the brain-dead RNC!!

Now if they only had a REAL ENERGY PROGRAM to propose as an alternative!!!

PS: Ethanol subsidies and silly things like wind, solar, squirrel power, and harnessing hummingbirds to generators don’t count.

landlines on May 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Ooo, bubbles.

Reaps on May 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM