Yesterday, Barack Obama issued a challenge to Sen. McCain. That doesn’t mean he’ll accept the opportunity to debate Sen. McCain on taxes, though. Here’s what he said yesterday:

“I want to cut taxes for middle-class families, ordinary folks who are working hard and playing by the rules,” he said. “I’m ready to duel John McCain on taxes right here, quick draw.”

Sen. McCain quickly responded:

“If Barack Obama wants this so-called duel then why did he and his entourage run for the hills when John McCain challenged him to 10 town halls,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

The truth is that the Obama people want nothing to do with a debate. They’ve seen the Obamessiah away from the teleprompter. He’s a disaster. The gravitas gap would be substantial, noticeable and embarassing.

That’s why he can’t afford to do anything more than be lippy.

I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again: Sen. Obama is a gifted orator in an empty suit. That won’t change anytime soon.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

11 Responses to “Obama’s Tough Talk a Facade”

  • G. Christenson says:

    This is hilarious. Somehow I don’t think Obama is afraid of McCain.

  • Jeff says:

    Didn’t Rush Limbaugh already trademark this schtick?

    In any case, shut down the blog until you come up with some original material.

  • osama08 says:

    get new material ditto head

  • AceGently says:

    But there are some real downsides to the idea. Noam Scheiber noted recently:

    McCain has several big disadvantages vis-a-vis Obama. He faces a massive enthusiasm gap and will have trouble attracting large crowds. He’s in all likelihood going to be massively outraised and outspent, making it hard to get his message out. And, possibly as a result of the previous problem, he’ll be cast as a right-winger determined to continue George Bush’s policies.

    The unmoderated debates would help him overcome all three problems. They’ll draw big crowds and generate lots of buzz. They’ll help him get his message out for free. And, just by virtue of appearing frequently at Obama’s side and having a civil debate, they’ll make him look much more moderate than the Obama campaign wants him to look.

  • Aunt Jemima says:

    A gifted orator that needs a teleprompter? You know that makes as much sense as pancakes which I had for breakfast.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Auntie, He certainly needs a teleprompter. Take Thursday when he said that filling our tires & getting regular tune ups would save us as much gas as what we’d get from ANWR & the OCS.

    That’s only one instance where he’s gotten his facts badly wrong on major policy issues. He’s so full of himself that he delivers lines that sound great but have no basis in fact.

    His grasp of history is awful, too, & it’s starting to get people wondering if he’s got a clue about history.

  • Comments 1-2 and 3….if that is the best defense of your guy that you can launch…..sheesh how lame!

    Ace – the enthusiasm gap is starting to narrow. Sen. Obama has lost a ton of hard core support thanks to his recent FISA vote and his comments after the Heller vs. DC decision. Fundraising is also not the big issue it once was. We had a race out here in Utah where the incumbent Congresscritter outraised and outspent his primary challenger 8 to 1 and he still lost.

    Auntie – take the Senator’s teleprompter away and he can’t get two words out without stuttering. Just take a look at his Meet The Press appearance from last weekend or what happened when he got heckled at a campaign appearance justs this week. Get him off message and watch him flounder.


  • Suck it freedom muzzler says:

    This blog deletes comments but no one reads it anyway.

  • Suck it freedom muzzler says:

    The Mccain campaign is just upset that Obama has been selling out stadium space and drawing crowds of hundreds of thousands of people – while mccant couldn’t fill the local Burger King.

    Ask yourself, which campaign has gone 90% negative ads because they are unable to talk up the merits of their own candidate. When will republicans realize that the Mccain campaign has gone completely tabloid?

  • And which campaign has already started inserting race into the campaign? It sure as heck was not the McCain camp!


  • Bob McCarty says:

    Man, I’m stunned to find people describing Barack Obama as a “gifted orator,” despite the fact that his oratorical prowess surfaces only when he is using a teleprompter. In a recent post, I highlighted a media interview during which Obama used variations of the word, “Uhh,” a total of 30 times during the interview that lasted two minutes and 47 seconds. That’s almost 10 times per minute!

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