Barack Obama rips John McCain for his “country club economics” in this brand-new ad.
FLASH – 8 PM … ** JOE BIDEN: SECRET SERVICE DETAIL DISPATCHED TO THE SENATOR’S HOME. ABC News has just reported that a Secret Service detail has been dispatched to Delaware home of US Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joe Biden.
Biden is who I’ve been expecting to be Barack Obama’s pick for vice president. The only reason for him to have Secret Service protection is if he is the Democratic vice presidential nominee or if he has received a very serious assassination threat.
** MAC’S GAFFES, UN-DOUSED. Oh, incidentally, regarding Team McCain’s furious full court press effort to douse the John McCain gaffes regarding his confusion about how many houses he and wife Cindy own and his contention that it takes $5 million a year to be rich? Not successful.
** VEEPSTAKES AGAIN. Well, unless Barack Obama is planning to send his famous message to millions on a Friday night, the day is passing without the the announcement of his vice presidential running mate. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell is reporting that Evan Bayh and Tim Kaine are out. This after the national media fluttered for hours about a purported “Obama/Bayh” bumper sticker discovered in Kansas City.
I looked at it, noticed it didn’t fit the Obama design matrix, and decided not to mention it. Which didn’t stop hundreds of others from going on for hours about it.
The pick certainly can’t be Governor Kaine. He has never been in the military and has no foreign policy experience. Prior to being Virginia’s first term governor, he was lieutenant governor and a mayor. Not really the background to deal with what I discuss in the column linked to below.
** NEW COLD WAR LEAVES VOTERS COOL BUT SHOWS OBAMA’S NEED. Given how tentative Barack Obama is in discussing geopolitics, his running mate is unusually important. But there’s some good news for Obama with regard to John McCain’s New Cold War rhetoric. If he and his team can engage successfully with the Vietnam War hero.
McCain’s hot rhetoric in the wake of the Russia-Georgia War — “We are all Georgians,” which of course hasn’t done a thing for Georgians — isn’t catching on. But McCain is still seen as the national security/geopolitics maven.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin’s plans are working and there are some bad repercussions for US policy coming down the pike. After a visit to Moscow by Syria’s president, Russia is getting a naval base in Syria. And sending a task force with an aircraft carrier and subs to the Mediterranean, all the better to bollix up US strategy in the Middle East. And oil power Kazakhstan, not to be confused with the Borat fantasy, is moving under Moscow’s umbrella. … New column from my other blog.
** VEEPSTAKES WATCH. Nothing much that’s reportable. The Obama camp is keeping a very tight rein on thanks. Atmospherics, and in many respects, logic, suggests Joe Biden has the edge. The big rumor about Hillary Clinton seems to be unfounded.
On the Republican side, Team McCain is also holding a tight rein. Mitt Romney had appeared to be the frontrunner, and was actually reported as the pick by a big media outlet. But is McCain going to pick the richest Republican politician as his running mate in the wake of his how-many-houses and it-takes-$5 mil remarks?
** NEW MEXICO POLL: OBAMA BY 6. The latest Rasmussen poll of battleground state New Mexico has Barack Obama leading John McCain, 47% to 41%. This is part of the Democratic strategy to take key Mountain West states away from the Republicans.
** MICHIGAN POLL: OBAMA BY 7. The new Detroit Free Press poll shows Barack Obama moving to a seven-point lead over John McCain, 46% to 39%. McCain has campaigned heavily in Michigan and has outspent Obama on TV advertising there. Obama’s edge is due to young voters, women, and people concerned about the economy. Michigan is one of three big states McCain is concentrating on in the midsection of the country, the others being Ohio and Pennsylvania.
John McCain’s brand-new attack ad, casting Barack Obama as a celebrity who doesn’t understand the financial strain on most Americans and wants to raise their taxes. McCain is under fire on all but the last point.
** NEW MAC ATTACK AD TRIES TO DOUSE THIS WEEK’S GAFFES. Here’s the script to John McCain’s brand-new attack ad, playing on national cable and in some battleground states:
Narrator: Celebrities don’t have to worry about family budgets, but we sure do.
We’re paying more for food and gas, making it harder to save for college, retirement.
Obama’s solution? Higher taxes called “a recipe for economic disaster.”
He’s ready to raise your taxes, but not ready to lead.
McCain: I’m John McCain and I approved this message.
McCain, as you know, is in trouble after saying he didn’t know how many homes he and wife Cindy own, and for saying that you have to make $5 million a year to be rich. The McCain campaign is in a full court press to try to douse the fire here, and has responded first by invoking the Vietnam War hero’s POW status, then with a series of attacks on Obama, including his ties to convicted Chicago developer/influence peddler Tony Rezko and ’60s domestic terror figure Bill Ayers, now a well-known professor.
If the Rezko stuff gets any traction, expect to hear about McCain’s past in the Keating Five.
Meanwhile, the Democrats held a press event outside McCain’s high-rise Washington area condo.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Chicago, off the trail.
John McCain is in Sedona, Arizona, off the trail.
** DARK KNIGHT AMERICA. My latest column. All the hyperpartisan spin aside, here is where we are in a deeper cultural sense. The Dark Knight ends up in much the same place we find ourselves today. Bereft of a clearcut hero. Having narrowly survived a fundamental assault against our essential selves. And wondering what comes next. … From my other blog.
** FROM THE ARNOLD FILE. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in LA, where he is having private meetings and conversations, many around the chronic California budget crisis.
His recuperation from athroscopic knee surgery for a workout injury is proceeding without a hitch. So to speak.
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel. You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. With U.S. cable news chattering away as it does, this sort of respite can be informative. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. After crashing over $147 for yet another record on July 11th, crude oil is trading around $118 per barrel.
The drop of over $29 per barrel comes on acknowledgement that the weak US economy will cut future demand and the easing of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. The Russian war with Georgia, confounding much speculation and reporting to the contrary, actually decreased the geopolitical risk premium. Though the repercussions may not.
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