Obama Uses The Economy Crisis To His Advantage

September 19, 2008

As Wall Street sinks to new low, Barack Obama has seemingly found light at the end of the tunnel. 

After a three week slump spent defending himself on a wide variety of attacks, Obama turned the strategic tables and went on the offensive, using brute force this time on John McCain, who wasn’t quick enough to respond to the economic crisis via a policy. 

Obama’s proposal marks the left’s first offensive position of its kind in three weeks, since slipping five points in the polls and sparking question from many strategists.

But more importantly, this is a perfect time for the Obama campaign to get back on their feet and ride the momentum wave into the debates, which (in my opinion) will be the most crucial part of the entire election. 

But in truth, Obama’s every move in the next few weeks will decide the election as well. Why? He now has options. 

One of the posisitves that have come out of Wall Street’s Crash have been the fact that it has produced a complete press diversion, wiping away most Sarah Palin news and thus leaving both tickets on a clean slate, which benefits Obama and hits hard on McCain, who has recently ran a dirty campaign beautifully, gaining in the polls.

And now that Obama has been given a chance, it seems that he has planned to take it straight to the White House, coming right off by using the same brute force towards McCain that has been thrown at him.

In fact, in my opinion Obama is standing right in front of a locked pot of gold, with the key being in McCain’s hands. Obama must not take if from McCain literately, but persuade the public to make him hand it over. And in doing this Obama must take every chance he can get to attack McCain via the strategy he has proved genius at again and again — doing so in a way that lets the press stick a halo on his head. 


25 Responses to “Obama Uses The Economy Crisis To His Advantage”

  1. cjw666 Says:

    Yes. It does look the way you say and you’re probably right – for now. The problem I (and others) see is that these people are all playing a huge and complicated, sometimes dangerous, game called politics. It’s all about getting elected (naturally). Trouble is, few of them can act half as good as they can talk and you and me are the losers – every time! PS, I hate WordPress ‘Snap’ – to me it’s simply annoying, which is why I disabled it. Oh, and I like the Hitchhiker’s Guide reference.

  2. kolchak33 Says:

    While the economy has quickly become the key issue, I’m not sure it’s enough to completely downplay people’s fears about Obama’s lack of experience.

  3. chamay0 Says:

    Bravo, bravo. Excellent post. As we both know the horror of this week brought the American people’s focus and thoughts back on track of the issues. As Obama let’s to say, “now is the time” for him to take complete control and run with it.

  4. Terrant Says:

    Good summary of the situation. The key tests are going to be the presidential debate. The first one is on the topic that favors McCain. I am expecting to see a gain for McCain there.

  5. pacer521 Says:


    Thanks for the comment — I always welcome.


    Thanks for the comment. Yeah — I guess that both candidates will do anything they can to be elected — as John McCain said — you run to win, and win to lead…We’ll just have to see who wins. As far as the snap — I kind of like it..but most of the time it really ticks me off.


  6. pacer521 Says:


    I think that obama has enough experience, but that’s just my play on politics. However, I do agree with you that the economy isn’t a big enough issue to overshadow the debate of Obama’s experience.

  7. pacer521 Says:


    thanks for the comment! Now is the time for Obama to take control of the political map, if he ever can…


    Yes, the debates are really going to be big. The first one may be on a topic that favors McCain, but if Obama is successful, he will ultimately find some way to ride his momentum into the debate so he can overshadow that.

  8. swittersb Says:

    yes, yes the focus there to be had…Obama, Raines, James Johnson, Dem’s stonewalling oversight in 2004 and on..to protect the largesse flowing down and to Obama’s (and Clinton’s) cronies.

    Exploit this mess…when the great actor reaches for the key, he may get snake bit…


  9. Blobby Says:

    Good post man. I completely agree. It is time for Obama to run w/this.

  10. basharH Says:

    But there are a few things that are bugging me. As noted in other comments, I also do not believe Obama is using the financial crisis in the way you think. How you framed it implies that Obama is secretly cheerful at the thought of a financial meltdown. No, I don’t think Obama likes to dance on the top of the suffering of other people.

    Instead, what has happened is that the financial crisis gave Obama an opportunity to pivot the campaign back to the economy. It was only a matter of time before all these stories about lipstick and pigs would be drowned out by some real crisis, be it from abroad or on the domestic front. Both would have benefitted Obama because they would have given the traditional media an excuse to talk about something other than Palin or McCain’s post-convention bounce.

    At any rate, the crisis turned out to be economy-related, and that is in Obama’s wheelhouse, more than anything else. The situation on the ground dictates your campaign strategy. McCain’s campaign just seemed like it got caught blindsided by the financial meltdown, without any contingency plan to recover. Sound familiar?

    However, I think Obama has played this campaign out in his mind a few times and has plans for every contingency. He didn’t go crazy when Dems all over the country started demanding that he do something drastic last week as McCain’s bounce lasted longer than expected. He stayed at an even keel, which is pretty refreshing when you look over to the other side.

    And one more thing:

    In fact, in my opinion Obama is standing right in front of a locked pot of gold, with the key being in McCain’s hands.

    I’d like to think that McCain doesn’t have the key to this election. That implies that either McCain wins or he gives it up. No no no, I think Obama is fully capable of winning on his own, without too many hiccups from McCain. The gaffes help, but Obama had the complete strategy to win anyway. You may not have been intending this as your take, but that’s how it came across to me.

    At any rate, I think Obama wins this thing in an epic manner. He won’t be stumbling across the finish line. On election night, we’ll see how a masterfully run campaign translates into a masterful election day. I think we’ll be quite pleased.

    America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this. — Barack Obama, the next President of our United States.

  11. pacer521 Says:


    thanks for the comments and compliments — always welcome.

  12. pacer521 Says:


    In no way did I think that Obama was cheerful of the economic crisis in any way — I simply wrote this post to provide a different gist on a story that everyone else is writing about. That’s what I try to do here and a lot of times its mistaken.

    I totally agree with your second paragraph, it is only time not that the right’s cheap-shots get drowned away with news of something actually press-worthy. The economy is one of Obama’s big strengths, so I do think that he can come on top with this and that is why I wrote this post.

    I completely agree with this:

    “He didn’t go crazy when Dems all over the country started demanding that he do something drastic last week as McCain’s bounce lasted longer than expected. He stayed at an even keel, which is pretty refreshing when you look over to the other side.”

    I do think that McCain has the key to the election. I don’t think that McCain needs to LOSE for Obama to WIN, but at the same time the WAY Obama can win is through pointing out to the public that his opposition isn’t fit in any way to hold down the fort. And although I don’t think Obama will stumble over the finish line, it won’t be “epic.” I’m calling for a ten point lead with the effect of the debates.

    thanks for the comment

  13. crikket Says:

    Right on the money! Could not agree with you more…hopefully Obama will continue the offensive move and strive to honestly point out McCain’s ‘reality’; while at the same time, Obama needs to keep clarifying his own positions and just how he is going to go about helping the American people.

  14. pacer521 Says:


    thanks for the compliments. I agree exactly with you — from a fan of Obama standpoint and from a strategic one. He proved to me (remember I can’t vote) that he is ready because of his stance and policies, and to get in to oval office he needs to tell the world about that.

  15. Howard Says:

    I think solving the Economy, Islamic Terrorism, and the Energy crisis, might be above the pay grade of a community organizer.

  16. pacer521 Says:


    In my opinion, that’s pretty out of line. If you want too look at it that way, I don’t think that leading the free world, fixing an economy crisis, finding clean energy, getting out of a war, and above all being the president is quite above the pay grade of a sports broadcaster.

  17. complainjane Says:

    I second that, pacer521.

    Great OP and great comeback.

  18. Chris Says:

    Great site. Nice article.
    Thanx to pacer521 for linking to it.

  19. vagabondsaint Says:

    I agree. . .now is definitely the time for Barack Obama to put pressure on John McCain and take the offensive. . .but he has to do so without becoming offensive himself.

    Joe Biden has been swinging pretty hard at McCain ever since the conventions. . .but no one seems to have noticed that ( http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/20/us/politics/20biden.html?ref=politics ), so it’s time to either bring Biden to the forefront, or take more advice from him on tactics.

    Good blog!

    VS – 09.21.08

  20. jiovanni Says:

    Yeah I think he has to do that and show McCain’s other flaws by answering the questions clearly and concisely durning the debates. He needs to make sure he focuses on the American people and say it literally that that is what he wants to do repeatly during the debate. I also think he has to show his skills in foreign policy during the first critical debate by downplaying McCain’s experience and showing McCain’s gaffes on foreign policy during the election while highlighting his skills. And not stutter so much and overthink his answers. Just be smooth with it.

  21. pacer521 Says:

    complainjane and chris,

    thanks for the compliments. That guy deserved a comeback. hehe


    I agree with you. As I have stressed for awhile, the debates are very essential in the polls and outcome. Obama has a history of not showing his foreign policy experience that he has, and he needs to advertise his strength in that category. Thanks for the comment,


  22. pacer521 Says:


    Sorry I couldn’t answer your comment — it got stuck in the askiment spam filter and i just found it.

    Thanks for the compliments and agreement!


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  24. Doug Says:

    Obama, other than not being the incumbent party in the White House, has no compelling qualifications when it comes to the economy. Obama was a part of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) that had filed suits against banks to make high risk loans to low credit customers. While I do not believe his work with ACORN has brought on the current meltdown, I believe the prevalent philosophy that Obama and others in Congress share have significantly contributed to this problem. In an effort to significantly expand home ownership through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, politicians have laid the foundation for the current crisis. Obama, during his short time in the Senate received five times as much political contributions from Fannie Mae than McCain. What is really scary is that he has Franklin Raines, a former executive at Fannie Mae, is on his staff. That is a scary combination.

    Facts are a stubborn thing.

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