Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Obama ad targets McCain as a celebrity

USAToday gives the script for a new Obama ad attacking McCain as a celebrity:

"For decades, he's been Washington's biggest celebrity. John McCain. And as Washington embraced him, John McCain hugged right back. The lobbyists — running his low road campaign. The money — billions in tax breaks for oil and drug companies, but almost nothing for families like yours. Lurching to the right, then the left, the old Washington dance, whatever it takes. John McCain. A Washington celebrity playing the same old Washington games."

One notes that it was Obama who Sikahema'd his now out-of-favor positions on off-shore drilling and on the troop surge. That's not lurching, that's wobbling.

Curiously, in the intellectual property area, one does really see a difference, as in the upcoming Colorado "discussion" wherein two law school professors (neither a registered patent attorney) will represent Obama and two practicing lawyers will represent McCain. The elite academics with no hands-on experience vs. the real worlders? Maybe that's a tangible distinction going beyond each candidate calling the other a celebrity.

See also

Rai's wrong on reform
, which includes

Interestingly, to support this legal requirement, Rai cited in a footnote only law review articles, including Mark A. Lemley, Rational Ignorance at the Patent Office, 95 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1495, 1499-1500 (2001)]

Someone who cites only law reviews to support legal propositions is way out of touch with the real world. Do the characteristics of Obama's supporters mirror Obama?


Obama changes his position on taxes, the NYT notes:

In its original form, Mr. Obama’s plan was far more ambitious. “If we kept the payroll tax exactly the same but applied it to all earnings and not just the first $97,500, we could virtually eliminate the entire Social Security shortfall,” he wrote in an op-ed piece that appeared in the Quad City Times, an Iowa daily, in September 2007.


And though the original trial balloon seemed to endorse subjecting all income to the combined 12.4 percent tax that employees and employers now jointly pay, that too has been jettisoned. Instead, Mr. Obama now favors a combined rate of 2 percent to 4 percent on wages of those making more than $250,000.

"The thing about a doughnut hole is that it is empty," Howard Gleckman, editor of TaxVox, the blog of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, wrote Thursday. “There is nothing. And that, it seems, is what is left of Barack Obama’s plan to fix Social Security.”

Mr. Gleckman added, "Make no mistake, what Obama is really saying is that, at least for the campaign, he is walking away from Social Security and all of its problems."

Obama's policies, there's no there, there, especially as to intellectual policy.


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