New McCain ad: Obama’s a total hypocrite for his economic “fundamentals” comment

posted at 4:17 pm on September 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

A bare-knuckle spot but one for which Maverick will end up taking a beating. The peg here is what The One said yesterday in that video clip circulated by the RNC about “long-term fundamentals.” Absent context, it sounded like he was voicing the same optimism he’d been beating up on McCain for. Was he? Patterico sent this along late last night:

Obama’s campaign asserted that the Republican National Committee was taking the comment completely out of context because Obama was not talking about the economy, but about his economic plan.

“We don’t just need a plan for bankers and investors, we need a plan for autoworkers and teachers and small business owners,” Obama said. “I have said it before and I’ll say it again: we need to pass, after this immediate crisis is over, an economic stimulus plan. Right now. For working families – a plan that will help folks cope with rising food and gas prices, that can save one million jobs by rebuilding our schools and our roads, and help states and cities avoid budget cuts and tax increases. A plan that would extend expiring unemployment benefits. For those Americans who have lost their jobs and have been working hard to find a new one, but haven’t found one yet. That’s part of the change we need.

And then after this immediate problem, we’ve got the long-term fundamentals that will really make sure this economy grows. Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses that deserve it. As president I am going to eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups. That’s how we’ll grow our economy and create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.”

As I understand him, he’s saying that the long-term fundamentals are currently bad, which is why we need a hard dose of Hopenchange to make them grow, not that the fundamentals are “strong,” as McCain (initially) claimed. Pretty shady of Maverick, but one good turn deserves another.


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For the love of God, quit nitpicking McCain to death. The ad is not that bad, and Obama IS A HYPOCRITE.

The remaining “Independent” voters are not into the whole nuance thing. I think this ad is effective. Keep it simple.

connertown on September 30, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Some people won’t be happy with anything that McCain does, connertown.

wise_man on September 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

First, the ad did not accuse Obama. It asked a question. And it is true that EITHER way, Obama IS a hypocrite.

csdeven on September 30, 2008 at 10:40 PM

I want to see a nice add of this is what McCain got in 20 years as campaign contributions from fanny may and Freddy Mac this is what Barack Obama received in just 3 years . Who do you think is looking out for your best interest also throw up the co sponsored bill from o5 showing McCain actually tried to do something before now but was stopped by Chris Dodd and his crew.

Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

Obama, Barack $126,349
McCain, John $21,550

Mojack420 on October 1, 2008 at 1:13 AM

But what’s the “immediate problem” Obama is referring to? The fact that his plan is not yet adopted?

I don’t think so…

unclesmrgol on October 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM

As for the honesty issue: Muslims can lie, so sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

Tommygun on October 1, 2008 at 6:38 AM

Sorry, this ad is a bit weak. They need to show video of McCain saying it, then Obama mocking it, and then Obama contradicting himself. C’mon folks, you’re gonna have to do better than this.

Levinite on October 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

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