Pre-whupping McCain's arse

The Obama team is firing on all cylinders right now.


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Thomas Schaller
October 8, 2008 3:54AM (UTC)

You've heard of rapid response and rebuttal, right?

Well, 90 minutes before tonight's debate was slated to begin the Obama campaign sent out a "pre-buttal" of 16 points that John McCain might make tonight.

Damn: That's what I call (p)rapid (p)response.

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I won't provide the text and details (all with accompanying sources or links) of the prebuttals, but here are the 16 arguments or charges the Obama campaign has either anticipated McCain might make, or made in the previous debate:

  1. OBAMA VOTED TO RAISE TAXES 94 TIMES
  2. OBAMA WILL RAISE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES
  3. OBAMA VOTED FOR THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN HISTORY
  4. OBAMA SAID SUBPRIME LOANS WERE “A GOOD IDEA”
  5. OBAMA IS “PALLING AROUND” WITH TERRORISTS
  6. OBAMA SAID OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN ARE JUST BOMBING VILLAGES AND KILLING CIVILIANS
  7. OBAMA OPPOSES CLEAN COAL
  8. OBAMA VOTED TO RAISE TAXES ON THOSE MAKING $42,000 A YEAR
  9. OBAMA’S TAX PLAN WILL RAISE TAXES
  10. OBAMA HAS NOT LED ON FINANCIAL CRISIS
  11. MCCAIN A LEADER IN EFFORT TO REFORM FANNIE AND FREDDIE
  12. OBAMA’S PLAN WOULD ADD ALMOST A TRILLION IN NEW SPENDING AND INCREASE DEFICITS
  13. OBAMA WANTS A GOVERNMENT-RUN, SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
  14. MCCAIN HEALTH CARE PLAN DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX INCREASE
  15. MCCAIN’S HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL REDUCE COSTS
  16. OBAMA VOTED TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR THE TROOPS

With four weeks to go, Obama's campaign is hitting on all cylinders right now.

Update: Some readers asked for a link to the rebuttals and links. It came as an email, so there is no link.

Update to update: Ok, chill out. I emailed the Obama campaign and, talk about fast, they replied in four minutes with a link to their website that includes all the rebuttal answers and links. Here you go.


Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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