RNC ad: “Chair”

posted at 2:02 pm on October 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC offers its most effective ad of this cycle today. Called “Chair”, it points out Barack Obama’s lack of executive experience and asks voters whether they want to trust an untested neophyte in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in a century:

Meltdown. Foreclosure. Pensions, savings wiped out.

And now our nation considers elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for President.

Barack Obama: he hasn’t had executive experience.

This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. In this chair.

That is a near-perfect distillation of the experience argument against Obama. Why should Americans trust Obama in the nation’s highest office when he has no experience at all as an executive at any level of politics? Obama is, indeed, one of the least experienced people ever to run for President as a major-party nominee. He hasn’t even completed his first term in the Senate.

Obama could answer that charge if he had an extraordinary list of accomplishments, but he doesn’t.  Want to watch an Obama supporter squirm?  Ask them this question: Outside of getting himself elected, what has Barack Obama actually accomplished? He spent seven years in the state legislature without much to recommend him, and he’s done even less in the US Senate in half that time.  Usually, the response will be a spluttering tirade against the Bush administration, but George Bush isn’t running for re-election, and it still doesn’t answer the question.

Of course, Obama does have some limited executive experience, but strangely, he doesn’t want to talk about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and its eight-figure failure in educational reform.  In fact, he and his campaign go out of their way to smear journalists who research it and try their best to silence them.

No significant accomplishments in the legislature.  Less than four years experience in national politics.  No executive, military, or foreign-relations experience.  The RNC rightly reminds voters of Obama’s shallow resumé and asks why we would trust him in any crisis, let alone during a time of war and financial collapse.


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Not as effective as “What Just Happened?”, but still pretty good.

Abby Adams on October 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM

GREAT AD!!

This ad needs to run during the commercial time of Obama’s 30 minute sitcom on Oct. 29….how great would that be?

LordMaximus on October 16, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Well – damn – what “executive experience” does McCain have?

I get the idea of the ad – but damn – McCain as an executive?

Hmm.

jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

“Least experienced. Most extreme. Not ready to lead.”

Abby Adams on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

And so it begins, just as I knew it would.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Obama:

Mulatto, skinny, smoker, liar…not ready to lead.

I like that better.

mylegsareswollen on October 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

The desk is brown. Clearly a racist ad.

lorien1973 on October 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

The nation is coming to Jesus, and leaving the fake messiah behind; you can feel the Odummymentum falling off as people come to their senses.

Hype as the greatest playa evah can only sustain you for so long, eventually you need to actually throw the ball.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:09 PM

This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. In this chair.

This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. Period. End of statement.

wise_man on October 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Of course running a carrier air group doesn’t count.

Limerick on October 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

The desk is brown. Clearly a racist ad.
lorien1973 on October 16, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Obarfy is only half-black.

You are a racist.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Well – damn – what “executive experience” does McCain have?

I get the idea of the ad – but damn – McCain as an executive?

Hmm.

jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

You mean besides the fact that he was Commander of a US Navy Training Squadron?

Romeo13 on October 16, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Ummmmmm,Obama doesn’t even have
plummer experience,and when sh#t
hits the fan,its all about how
you handle it!

The sh#t that is,oops I mean the crisis!haha.

canopfor on October 16, 2008 at 2:11 PM

The nation is coming to Jesus, and leaving the fake messiah behind; you can feel the Odummymentum falling off as people come to their senses.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I have all my hopes on the “cold feet effect”

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Hey, he can always give a flowery speech or two or four or more.

Not saying it will do him much good.

pilamaye on October 16, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Well – damn – what “executive experience” does McCain have?
I get the idea of the ad – but damn – McCain as an executive?
Hmm.
jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

An excellent qualification to be president would be someone who has served many years as a governor. And while Obama is the junior senator from illinois, and decided to run for president after what, a year, or two years in office – McCain’s years in the congress and senate while not as outstanding as the executive experience that you get from being a governor of a state, is still light years beyonf Obama’s resume.

wise_man on October 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM

The older among you will recall the song by Buffalo Springfield

“There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear”

Maybe it took Joe the Plumber to create a more widespread and clearer awareness of what Obama is, and what he represents: an empty suit, dangled on strings by rich powerful crackpots and propped up by thugs

Janos Hunyadi on October 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Of course running a carrier air group doesn’t count.
Limerick on October 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

No no no, let him go with it. All else being equal, we still have to judge these men and if Jake wants to dismiss executive experience, that’s fine. The totality of other experience has Mac leaving Odupe in the dust.

And of course we have the Palin factor, a woman vastly more experienced in executive positions than Ogoof.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Not saying it will do him much good. – pilamaye on October 16, 2008 at 2:12 PM

His planned Oct 29 infomercial will only seal his doom.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Ah, come on man. He’s already got the new seal, and the coins, and the cool chair on the jet… doesn’t that count for something?

Sugar Land on October 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Nothing risky about that ad, its a good ad. Now about all that polling data, Ann makes a good point.

Reviewing the polls printed in The New York Times and The Washington Post in the last month of every presidential election since 1976, I found the polls were never wrong in a friendly way to Republicans. When the polls were wrong, which was often, they overestimated support for the Democrat, usually by about 6 to 10 points.

Ann Coulter

So chin-up boys and girls, this thing is nowhere near being over !!

Maxx on October 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM

His planned Oct 29 infomercial will only seal his doom.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Why’s that? Overload?

lorien1973 on October 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

And of course we have the Palin factor, a woman vastly more experienced in executive positions than Ogoof.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

I actually managed to stump a Dem with that. He was railing about Palin and I had gotten tired of it, so I told him “It’s pretty pathetic when you have to compare your lead guy to our veep to get a reasonable comparison, and she’s STILL more experienced.”

Shut him up for a while. Probably going to be sent to some “sensitivity training” in two weeks though.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

His planned Oct 29 infomercial will only seal his doom.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Some people have suggested a witting campaign to Fox suggesting we will not watch Fox the whole evening if they put this farce on. Is there any point to that? Is anybody other than obamabots going to watch it anyway?

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

he doesn’t want to talk about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and its eight-figure failure in educational reform. In fact, he and his campaign go out of their way to smear journalists who research it and try their best to silence them.

It struck me last night when the debate turned to education that Obama took great pride in support of charter schools but not school vouchers. We’ve had our experience with charter schools here and a lot of them are just money-pits because of a lack of oversight and regulation. The infrastructure is just not there to investigate them until something goes very wrong or a whole lot of money is embezzled. I’m not against them, I just not overly supportive of them in the present form. But I have to wonder why Obama is in support of them which truly does set him at odds with the teachers union and I it struck me last night listening to him that it’s probably because he sees charter schools funded by the US taxpayer as a way to give his Annenberg Challenge a do-over on a national scale. That’s why he supports charter schools over a school voucher program.

Texas Gal on October 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Probably going to be sent to some “sensitivity training” in two weeks though.

It used to be called “execution.”

These liberals and their ‘progressive’ terms.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Although I am not positive I think he had some during his military career. Where he was in charge of jobs and personell and budgets.

Cindy Munford on October 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

It used to be called “execution.”

These liberals and their ‘progressive’ terms.

Bishop on October 16, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Rescue me, they have flashlights!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Despite all the wailing about talking about the economy, this is what McCain and the RNC really need to do. They have no control over the wild gyrations of the stock market right now. But they do have control over how they characterize Obama’s readiness to get us through such a crisis, and given The One’s experience deficit relative to McCain, he doesn’t have much of a counterpunch here.

Hit him with this and hit him hard. Sow doubts into voters minds about Obama’s readiness. This election is a referendum on him anyway.

thirteen28 on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

And again, this does not help Obama with his first class crisis.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

anybody watching the flaying of joe the plumber, he’s related to Charles Keating so now people are in full conspiracy mode. Nevermind that what he said exposed Obama’s socialism…nevermind that. Man people are just tickin me off these days

spacekicker on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

And again, this does not help Obama with his first class crisis.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Probably doesn’t help Michelle’s kids much either.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Well he does have experience spending other people’s money. My favorite line from the debate, “Senator Government.”

JAM on October 16, 2008 at 2:25 PM

good ad, but worried fix is in for Obama. McCain way down on Intrade, some bookies already paying out on the Obama win, Obama planning huge party for election night, all the fraud, the media…

man, McCain winning would be near orgasmic for us wouldn’t it at this point

jp on October 16, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Not shabby.

Spirit of 1776 on October 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Why’s that? Overload? – lorien1973 on October 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I can’t say. I know only that it will have the opposite effect of what he intended. I don’t know how I know this, I just know it.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

If Obama wins, it will be in large part because he’s black and payback for slavery in the minds of many guilt inflicted morons.

Then Obama gets to make slaves out of all of us via Socialism

jp on October 16, 2008 at 2:28 PM

I can’t say. I know only that it will have the opposite effect of what he intended. I don’t know how I know this, I just know it.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

That erratic clairvoyence is as much annoying as it is reassuring. It’s nice to know without a doubt, but it’s frustrating to not know why.

Looking forward to seeing the pieces fall into place.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Thanks Maxx for the Ann Coulter link:

Reading newspaper coverage of presidential elections in 1980 and 1984, I found myself paralyzed by the fear that Reagan was going to lose.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan beat Carter by nearly 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent. In a Gallup Poll released days before the election on Oct. 27, it was Carter who led Reagan 45 percent to 42 percent.

So when are we going to get this analysis posted here at HotAir?

Waiting…… tick-tock tick-tock

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:30 PM

So when are we going to get this analysis posted here at HotAir?

Waiting…… tick-tock tick-tock

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Again, this does not help Obama’s first class debate performances.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I think it’s too tentative. They should have added, “He will follow his party, just as he did as this crisis developed,” and then show Frank, Dodd, etc.

PattyJ on October 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM

In 1980, Ronald Reagan beat Carter by nearly 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent. In a Gallup Poll released days before the election on Oct. 27, it was Carter who led Reagan 45 percent to 42 percent.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:30 PM

It’s reassuring. Is polling now any more accurate than it was then?

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM

That erratic clairvoyence is as much annoying as it is reassuring. It’s nice to know without a doubt, but it’s frustrating to not know why. Looking forward to seeing the pieces fall into place.- Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:29 PM

PLEASE don’t call it clairvoyance. I’m not clairvoyant and I don’t really believe in that kind of stuff. The pieces are already falling in place in just the fashion I knew they would.

Again, I don’t know why I know these things. I just know them and could no more deny them than I can deny the sun will rise tomorrow.

I’m sorry for being so cryptic and I don’t mean to be coy, Grue, but it is what it is. I know what I know.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Maxx on October 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Thanks for linking that article, Maxx.

wise_man on October 16, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Ad:

Barack Obama: he hasn’t had executive experience.

Ed:

Of course, Obama does have some limited executive experience, but strangely, he doesn’t want to talk about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and its eight nine-figure failure in educational reform. In fact, he and his campaign go out of their way to smear journalists who research it and try their best to silence them.

$161,000,000 = nine figures

Why do the RNC and McCain keep blowing this point? Why help Obama cover this up? Use it to show what a wasteful radical he is. Highlighting Obama’s role in CAC doesn’t just show wastefulness, it shows Obama’s willingness to ignore the serious task at hand (school reform) in favor of a radical agenda to support community organizing activities. You also get to tie in Ayers and with their direction of money to Acorn and its bank-confrontation activities, you get to tie Obama and Acorn to the credit crisis.

People will ask, “What happened to school reform?”

The RNC and McCain need to tie four ropes (CAC, Ayers, Acorn, and voting fraud) to Obamas limbs and get horses pulling him in four directions. Then, they must use (1) Obama’s redistributionist policiesm and (2) Democratic and Obama ties to Fannie-Freddie enablers to disembowel him as the horses rip his limbs out of their sockets.

BuckeyeSam on October 16, 2008 at 2:39 PM

PLEASE don’t call it clairvoyance. I’m not clairvoyant and I don’t really believe in that kind of stuff. The pieces are already falling in place in just the fashion I knew they would.

The clairvoyance comment was supposed to be sarcastic/facetious, I should probably have made that more clear.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 2:40 PM

No prob.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM

His planned Oct 29 infomercial will only seal his doom.

It probably won’t do him much good. Thirty-second TV ads can have an impact, because viewers really WANT to see their regular shows, and are willing to hear them out to get back to their regularly-scheduled sitcom or baseball or football game.

But how many undecided voters have never heard a Barack Obama speech, after the relentless media coverage of them with tingles up their legs? Wouldn’t undecided voters rather watch a debate between both candidates to make their decision? Wouldn’t most viewers change the channel until the World Series came on, except those already voting for Obama?

Methinks the man protesteth too much, and wasteth his money.

Steve Z on October 16, 2008 at 2:48 PM

It’s OK but I would have spent valuable resources on something other than tying the economy into experience. We’ve been down that road before.

Get Joe the Plumber or someone that looks like him on there and other average citizens from swing states to whine about Barack Obama destroying jobs and taxing them.

grdred944 on October 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM

By the way, my “ex cathedra” comment was also supposed to be humorous, I don’t want to get on ManlyRash bad books.

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:50 PM

It’s reassuring. Is polling now any more accurate than it was then?

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Polling methodology has not changed one iota since then. It’s still math, it is still statistics. Maybe the numbers can be crunched faster but the gist of it still comes down to who to poll, what questions to ask and what to make of the results.

The point about Reagan and Carter’s poll numbers is a good one. The media HATED Reagan and back then warned us that he would truly mean the end of the world. I’m not saying McCain is even close to the man Reagan was but there is a great deal of history of the media playing up the Democrat as having closed the deal when, in fact, it is far from closed. Obama already planning his cabinet and victory party may come back to bite him in the ass.

grdred944 on October 16, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Where has this been? This should have been an argument from moment one, not 20 days from the election.

This guy is completely unqualified to be President. Probably 10% of adult America has more on their resume than this clown act.

NoDonkey on October 16, 2008 at 2:56 PM

BuckeyeSam on October 16, 2008 at 2:39 PM

Full of win.

DrSteve on October 16, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Where has this been? This should have been an argument from moment one, not 20 days from the election.

NoDonkey on October 16, 2008 at 2:56 PM

We have been too busy talking about Palin qualifications to be vice-president. First things first.

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 3:00 PM

So chin-up boys and girls, this thing is nowhere near being over !!

Maxx on October 16, 2008 at 2:18 PM

If it were over Barack Obama would not be campaigning in New Hampshire today.

Elizabetty on October 16, 2008 at 3:03 PM

I hope this ad goes National.

pseudonominus on October 16, 2008 at 3:07 PM

This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis

That’s a strong line.

CP on October 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM

I think an add of Palin changing Obama’s diapers would be effective…

right2bright on October 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

It’s reassuring. Is polling now any more accurate than it was then?

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM

No, it’s far, far worse!!

Read Ann’s article, wherein only Eighty-Four Percent Say They’d Never Lie To A Pollster (so 16% will and do lie).

Which means a metric that has never ever been calculated before in a national election!!

The fact that no one answers their damn effing home phone anymore except geriatrics and at home bloggers (ie: AllahPundit and Debbie Schlussel), tells me that they have to be calling BACK PEOPLE THAT DO ANSWER THEIR HOME PHONE (conclude biased)!!

Therefore, this is another huge metric that has never been calculated before!!

All the above, on top of the fact that the polls are heavily weighted with Democrats and effing stupid undecided Independents (stupid is the only word to describe undecided at this point, therefore, they are Democrat/Liberal hacks that want to sound smart and sophisticated)!!

I know the pollster’s excuse for weighing the polls heavy with Democrats is about quote-end quote past trends, BUT WHAT THE HELL IS TYPICAL IN THIS ELECTION (with almost as many people watching Sarah Palin debate as watched the last episode of Seinfeld)??!!

So….. this makes it an incalculable metric in historical terms!!

You want a poll that cannot be skewed (intentionally or unintentially?

Here it is: Do you think that the media is biased and is trying to elect a certain candidate?

Answered “yes” by 70% of the people..

That right there… is a straight out honest poll for you…. no twisting of words or taking it out of context!!

Now ask yourself… who would answer that question with a yes? Obama supporters? Of course not.

Republicans or McCain supporters would, but who else?
Anybody? Take a guess.
Ahhh there you go.. Hillary supporters…ding…ding…!

So given that the country is about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and given that pretty much half of Democrats supported Hillary…..

…now do you see where that number of “yes to media bias” comes in?

Conclusion:
McCain wins by as much as Ronald Reagan by my conservative estimates!

And the biggest losers… in this election are the pollsters, MSM (except maybe CNN) and Obama’s first class classiness and his first class everything else.

My only question is, where the eff is my first class paycheck for this first class analysis!?!

OVER TO YOU HOTAIRERS!!

Next question.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

jake-the-goose on October 16, 2008 at 2:06 PM

I suppose 6 years in a POW camp and surviving is a walk in the park according to a douche bag like you. And he commanded a carrier air group.

Good God!! Where to you f***ing IDIOTS come from? Probably your mom’s basement, but only after she pulls you off of her teat. Yeah. That’s what I thought!

csdeven on October 16, 2008 at 3:16 PM

My only question is, where the eff is my first class paycheck for this first class analysis!?!

If your analysis is correct, it comes bundled with McCain extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

If your analysis is flawed… well comrade you just filled out a confession.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

I think an add of Palin changing Obama’s diapers would be effective…

right2bright on October 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Isn’t it a sin to put in peoples minds images that will hunt them forever? Now I need some really effective brainwashing techniques, I guess I’ll go back to public school.

neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 3:23 PM

The point is, Obama hacks would not be concerned about it.

The target audience is fence sitters and they got the message.

Way to go Allah, trying to negate that impact by quoting hacks.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM

The point is, Obama hacks would not be concerned about it.

The target audience is fence sitters and they got the message.

Way to go Allah, trying to negate that impact by quoting hacks.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Sorry wrong thread.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 3:31 PM

And again, this does not help Obama with his first class crisis.

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Buckley’s comment about why he was supporting Obama — because of his first-class intellect, reminded me of what a couple of Obama-supporters have told me about his “qualifications” for president: that he was president of the Harvard Law Review. I remind them that Hillary Clinton graduated at the top of her class in Yale Law School (the top-rated law school in the country), and then a few months later she flunked the D.C. bar exam. The ability to parrot back liberal talking points on law school exams does not necessarily equate with real-world success.

AZCoyote on October 16, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Mcguyver on October 16, 2008 at 2:30 PM

I can testify to the truth of that Ann Coulter column. In 1980 I was in graduate school at Harvard and never knew or saw anyone who was going to vote for Reagan. The Boston Glove managed to hide the polls favorable to Reagan. I was terribly depressed going into Election Day. I watched the returns with some other students and we all were completely flabbergasted. I’ll never forget it, and I will never trust the polls as a result.

I took a class at Harvard in public opinion, and learned a lot about polling. I also worked for a year in an office shared by a top Republican polling firm. I pay close attention to the days the poll is conducted, the order of the questions, and the wording of the questions. Polls are amazingly easy to skew and get whatever results you want.

rockmom on October 16, 2008 at 4:20 PM

By the way, my “ex cathedra” comment was also supposed to be humorous, I don’t want to get on ManlyRash bad books. -neuquenguy on October 16, 2008 at 2:50 PM

It would take a lot more than that to rile me.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I can’t say. I know only that it will have the opposite effect of what he intended. I don’t know how I know this, I just know it.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 2:27 PM

I’d really like to share your confidence. You’re not wandering off into St. Olaf territory are you? Having visions and all of that?

onlineanalyst on October 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I’d really like to share your confidence. You’re not wandering off into St. Olaf territory are you? Having visions and all of that? – onlineanalyst on October 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

That’s insulting. I don’t have “visions” or psychic dreams or any of that crap. I just know what I know. Simple as that.

ManlyRash on October 16, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Executive experience basicall comes from government, business, and military. Governement: VP, Governor, Mayor. Business: President/CEO. Military: Commanding Officer.

As head of an air wing and commander of a large military training group, McCain has executive military experience. As Governor and Mayor and head of the family fishing business Sarah Palin covers on two areas. Bush and Cheney were both experienced in business and government circles. Except for Gore with 8 years as VP, NONE of the Democrat Presidential or VP candidates in the last three elections have ANY executive experience. ALL the Republicans have significant executive experience, including those who ran but lost the nomination (Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani). The LAST thing Democrats care about is executive experience, and Sarah Palin has more executive experience than any Democrat candidate (president or VP) since Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

jerseyman on October 16, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Eighty-Four Percent Say They’d Never Lie To A Pollster

And to whom did these people “say” this? Weren’t they talking to a pollster?

No, baby, I’d never lie to you!

The Monster on October 16, 2008 at 6:57 PM

You have to press the fear, uncertainty and doubt angle vs. Obama.

The recent financial crisis has certainly set the stage for the FUD strategy to work – the question is are enough people awake enough to hear the message.

I just talked to two of my coworkers – neither have been following the campaign. I told them I have, and while I have reservations about McCain, I told them that Obama isn’t trustworthy – he reminded me of a former coworker that that talked a good game, but didn’t do squat – all blow and no show.

I told them his economic plan doesn’t add up – I explained he wants to increase government spending by a trillion, yet he also wants to cut taxes on 95% of taxpayers and he wants to balance the budget. He can’t possibility do all three – if he’s lucky he’ll get one and really lucky he might get two, but it’s not possible. I told them about the 100 economists including five Nobel prize winners that believe his plan will severely hurt our economy and that taxing businesses more will only pass those increased costs onto the customers of the business.

My point here is that we too can gently push the FUD factor in our daily conversations.

BTW – I’m still waiting for the Obama flip-flop commercials e.g. the post nomination Obama positions vs. the pre nomination positions – we need those coming to sow the seed of FUD as well – which Obama is he? Can you trust Obama when he’s shifted his positions so drastically.

Last – everytime Obama says in a debate that “we’ll have to look as that” it’s pure “tell” that he’s not even to consider it – it’s DOA. It’s simply a dodge of the truth.

Dr. Bob on October 16, 2008 at 11:59 PM

It is important to note that Obama claims his work as a “Community Organizer” qualifies as executive experience thus making him suited for the Presidency. That ties him to ACORN, tightly. So he is trying to toss ACORN under the bus. With that goes his executive experience.
 
So no matter how he cuts it Obama is not suited for the White House due to his past associations or because he has no executive experience.
 
Sarah Palin may be a “trifle” under-experienced. She is showing signs of being a quick study who forms her own opinions and sticks with them. If McCain dies we end up with Palin, who is already better qualified than number 1 on the Democratic party ticket.
 
At least the Democrats do not have to worry, much, about Obama dieing in office leaving the innumerate liar Biden in office.
 
So we have a choice of two marginally qualified people or two utterly unqualified people. I’ve no trouble with putting McCain in The Chair under that basis.
 
{^_^}

herself on October 17, 2008 at 4:42 AM

This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. Period. End of statement.

wise_man on October 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Not true. Obama’s first crisis was to select a ghost writer for his “autobiography” after his publisher turned down his first draft.

Kevin71 on October 18, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Obama’s current crisis is trying to get elected while hiding his true radical left socialist background and sphere of influence.

Ignorance, our most costly commodity – paraphrased from Rush Limbaugh.

Wildcatter1980 on October 20, 2008 at 5:27 PM