Maybe Obama wasn’t a pussy after all

ᔥ The New Republic

A great article putting his campaign in context for those who thought Obama heralded a new era of positive politics. Two thirds of his ads in 2008 were negative.

But let’s not forget—they were putting out some pretty tough, and arguably unfair, ads and mailings back in 2008, as well. They hammered Hillary Clinton for requiring that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty (wait, isn’t that…yeah) and over her support for the passage of NAFTA during her husband’s administration, attacks that provoked a memorable tirade from her (“shame on you, Barack Obama!”). During the general election, Obama went after John McCain for supporting a huge tax increase—McCain’s proposal to replace the tax exemption for employer-provided health care with a new tax provision that would make health insurance partly deductible for all taxpayers, including those who buy health insurance for themselves. The plan had major flaws, but Obama’s attack seriously distorted it, and a limited version of McCain’s idea—cutting back on the tax preference for employer-provided insurance—has also made it into Obama’s health care law, in the form of a tax on high-priced employer-provided health plans. All told, tallies after the 2008 campaign found that at least two-thirds of Obama’s ads in the general election were negative attacks on McCain. So even in ’08, hope and change went only so far.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Did anyone else notice…..Whenever his campaign (Obama), was lagging, for no apparant reason. They would find a way to say the words…”but this election is not about race” or words to that effect….Automatically reminding people that if elected he would be the first BLACK president. Obama was the ONLY one making the election about race (at the time).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK7Y7PCSTJ27RCKZ2MGRSAYCTE NEIL

    It was the old play as victim of racism – and the timing was perfect for US collective conscience at the time.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Interesting that the President of the United States of America, is billed as the most powerful man in the world. Yet whenever the President visits a country that has been liberated from tyranny, it is done in secrecy and unannounced. Sneaks in through the back door, does not stay to long, then announce the visit after he has left town. This is despite a personal protection detail numbering in the thousands and being the most powerful man in the World.
    You would think that a population freed from tyranny would be more grateful and welcoming. We come in peace.

  • Botti

    Obama has used “bare knuckle” tactics since he entered politics in Chicago.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/why-obamas-political-mentor-deserted-him/

  • Jackhenderson00

    Wait for the 1 billion dollar shitstorm that’s on its way, courtesy of Team Obama.

  • thor42

    I *really* hope that Obummer loses the upcoming election.
    He has been the worst President for decades (and that’s saying something). A rocketing deficit, appeasing Muslims left, right and centre…. a real douchebag.  

    • Kosh103

      Appeasing Muslims???? Wow, you live in a very different world to reality dont you.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Don’t forget the record spiraling DEBT..

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