Obama, stop trying to replay the Kerry campaign.

You’re blowing it, you corporate-conservative jerk.  On the one hand, you’ve wised up a little in the wake of polls showing your opponents ahead; your attack on Palin’s hypocrisy and dishonesty over earmarks was good, though it could have been a little stronger — call her a liar, Barack.

“Don’t be fooled,” Obama told the crowd surrounding him in a large barn. “John McCain’s party, with the help of John McCain, has been in charge” for nearly eight years.

“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can’t just make stuff up.”

This is some of the kind of campaigning we want to see from you, and on a consistent basis (maybe you read Steve Almond’s Huffington Post piece).  Then, almost as though you suddenly remember you’re supposed to be the ringer candidate, you turn around and do something insipidly stupid — like saying you won’t push to repeal the shrub’s tax giveaways to the super-wealthy if you become president.

WASHINGTON – Democrat Barack Obama says he would delay rescinding President Bush’s tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.

Those tax cuts for the super-wealthy are a large part of what’s caused the economic recession we’re suffering (the foreign press called it a full-blown depression this Spring) in the first place, and Americans know it.

What about increasing taxes on the wealthy?

“I think we’ve got to take a look and see where the economy is. I mean, the economy is weak right now,” Obama said on “This Week” on ABC. “The news with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, I think, along with the unemployment numbers, indicates that we’re fragile.”

Raising taxes on the wealthy won’t cause things to become worse; there isn’t much else worse that can happen, except perhaps publicly acknowledging what has been common knowledge to many people for years now, and that’s not likely to make a huge impact on the already-failed economy.  Are you so afraid of spooking your corporate masters this close to an election you’ve already decided you don’t want to win that you won’t even allow for even the possibility of making them pay taxes?

You can’t make such flip-flops.  Case in point: what you are quoted saying above, compared to this.

“John McCain likes to talk about fiscal responsibility, but there is no doubt that his proposals blow a hole through the budget,” Obama said.

This is another cause of the recession-depression: the fiscal irresponsibility of the GOP.  Lay blame where it belongs, Barack.  Don’t make taxes out to be the bogeyman; they’re not.  They’re the only way we’re going to begin salvaging this economy.

You’re running a granny campaign just like John Kerry did, and you KNOW how that turned out.  Stop doing it.  This election isn’t about you; it’s about every American whose suffering under the shrub and his gargoyle has to end, and you are not allowed to let us all down.


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  1. tend to be empty suits.  They just end up putting another, different and newer, model in the suit and expect good results.

    • wuli on September 9, 2008 at 05:54

    Naomi Klein agrees, caving on positions is only

    hurting Obama:


  2. was the tell. You just knew they were going into Prevent Defense mode after that, and it’s cost ’em big time.

    Now the Palin pick has caught them so flat footed that they didn’t even have a counter program scheduled for the Friday after the RNC, and even now they still haven’t settled on a strategy for dealing with her.

    Last week they said to ignore her – that is was still all about McCain. So they spent the weekend talking about what a great guy McCain was. (huh?)

    This week they’ve decided they can’t ignore Polar Bear Barbie any more and are instead hitting her with both candidate barrels. Of course it remains to be seen just how ungallant our nice, Democratic gentlemen (oh Ashley!) are willing to be.

    But one thing’s for certain, if Obama and Biden don’t draw blood this week, ol’ Mrs. Mooseshooter sure will next week.  

  3. … that I had about this point in the 2004 campaign, the realization that our guy — somehow, against all the numbers, against all the odds, against all sane imagining — is managing yet again to blow it. Give the GOP credit: they’ve played to the lowest, most dumbed-down instincts in the American Trogs, and they’ve had enormous success with it. I fear it’s about to work for them yet again … while our guy talks about the “high road” and Obamaniacs proudly proclaim how they’d rather lose the election than “lower themselves” to play politics the way it must be played if oen is to win.  

  4. You know with all the cheating that the Repugs are going to be doing, an election this close will be ‘lost’ by the Dems.

    Incredible that the corporate-teat-sucking Obama camp can’t realize that you must first get elected before you can make promises to the the PTB.  

    Who are they going to blame now?  

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