No real surprises, as the phony hits continue to increase for both major party candidates, with Obama padding his lead, and Bob Barr keepin' it (relatively) real:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since|
|"Barack Obama" phony||714,000||+38,000|
|"John McCain" phony||645,000||+13,000|
|"Bob Barr" phony||12,400||-500|
And it's been a huge week, phonywise:
Wednesday: Obama saith:
And so the only way they figure they’re going to win this election is if they make you scared of me. So what they’re saying is, ‘Well, we know we’re not very good but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he’s... doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, you know, he’s got a, he’s got a funny name.
Thursday: are we saying that McCain is going to appeal to racism?
Oh, of course not!
Not so, Obama's campaign said, explaining that Obama was referring only to being new to Washington politics.
"Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they're using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he'll continue to talk about," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.
Friday: Playing the race card? No way!
"I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white - a rural, conservative. and what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don't look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates. … There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this."
The same day: oh, yeah, I guess he was referring to his race:
Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
Saturday: Oh, yeah, I guess I was referring to my race:
But Obama also admitted that, despite what Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told reporters, there was a racial dimension to his Missouri remarks in which he said McCain and the Republicans would make an issue of the fact that he doesn't look like presidents who have been on the dollar bills.
"I don’t think it’s accurate to say that my comments have nothing to do with race," Obama said. "
Impressive phoniness! (Most of those links, by the way, were from Betsy's Page. She is awesome.)
- Wednesday: Obama saith:
A couple weeks back: Obama: Drilling would "merely prolong
..failed energy policies"
"If offshore drilling would provide short-term relief at the pump or a long-term strategy for energy independence, it would be worthy of our consideration, regardless of the risks. But most experts, even within the Bush administration, concede it would do neither. It would merely prolong the failed energy policies we have seen from Washington for 30 years. …"
Friday: Obama would consider off-shore drilling as part of
comprehensive energy plan.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said today he would be willing to open Florida's coast for more oil drilling if it meant winning approval for broad energy changes.
"My interest is in making sure we've got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.
Saturday: Marc Ambinder hurries to calm the
disquiet among the environmentalist mob:
This strikes me as less of a shift and more as a gesture of sorts …
- A couple weeks back: Obama: Drilling would "merely prolong ..failed energy policies"
The MinuteMan analyzes Obama on the hot topic
of affirmative action.
Rachel Swarns of the Times delivers a comedy classic in trying to
whitewashcover Obama's evolving views on affirmative action. Over the past twenty years Obama has been all over the map, which is fair enough - people ought to be allowed to change their thinking as they accumulate new experiences and encounter new ideas. However, as the Times reporting makes clear, most of Obama's new thinking seems to be about how best to position himself politically on this topic.
The Times story notes that Obama declined to comment for the article; MM observes: "Obama is so eager for a national conversation on affirmative action that he won't talk to the Times about it, but we can look to the day when he shines his light into the darkness of America's soul."
In our semi-continuing feature: "Obamafuscation"
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