Another stealth ad from Obama: "Original"

For the second time in a week, the Barack Obama campaign has published an ad without releasing it to the media.  “Original” goes negative yet again, attacking John McCain for being … well, Republican:

Narrator: He’s the original maverick.

Silent Super: Really?

McCain: “The president and I agree on most issues. There was a recent study that showed that I voted with the president over 90% of the time…”

Narrator: John McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts for millionaires, but nothing for a hundred million households.

He’s for billions in new oil company giveaways, while gas prices soar. And for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

The original maverick? Or just more of the same?

Maybe Team Obama is so embarrassed by these ads that they hope no one will notice them. Like “National Priority”, it attempts to paint McCain as a Bush lackey on energy when Obama was the only one of the two to vote in favor of the administration’s energy policy in 2005.  It also extends the national debate on energy, a debate that Obama and the Democrats are losing badly at the moment.

One point transcends the other stupdities, however.  Obama accuses McCain of supporting “tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”  Actually, McCain wants to lower the overall corporate tax rate, not just for outsources but for all American companies.  Why?  America has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world — and that pushes companies to outsource and to transfer operations outside the US.  A lower corporate tax rate would keep more operations within the US.

Small wonder that Obama has tried to fly his relentlessly foolish and negative campaign under the radar.  Maybe the media should start asking why Obama suddenly feels compelled to bypass them.

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