My reaction to the inane attacks from McCain is mostly confusion. The "Celebrity" and "Messiah" ads from McCain seemed to me more likely to swing a viewer in favor of Obama. After hearing all those people talk about how great Obama is, even in over-the-top soundbites, I think it's hard to walk away without thinking that maybe there is something special about the guy. Do these ads really succeed in belittling Obama, which is apparently their aim?
Then today, just after Obama unleashed his superb energy policy speech with his New Energy for America plan, I received an email from the McCain campaign which said
It's clear Senator Obama has no plan to address the energy challenges we face as a nation. Huh?
But my favorite part of the email was this:
John McCain believes we should lift the federal ban on offshore drilling, enabling you to decide where we drill for oil.Me? McCain wants me to decide where to drill for oil? Sure, I'm honored and all, but I can't even decide where to put that bamboo plant in my living room that never gets enough sunlight, so I think I'm not the guy to be deciding which ocean needs an oil spill. I guess by "we" in that sentence, he means me, McCain, and all our Big Oil buddies who sent him $881,450 last month after he made an about-face and decided that offshore drilling wasn't so bad as he used to think.
Here's Obama's new ad to go with his new offensive on energy policy: