Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Obama on the O'Reilly Factor, Part 2
It has just dawned on me how clever it was of Barack Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor when he did. After months of putting it off and of being accused of being frightened of the big bad Cavan man Obama finally sat down in front of him last week. The reason it was clever is because it stole some of the republican spotlight created by Sarah Palin and it may have halted McCain's momentum in the wake of the convention. Even better for Obama was Fox's decision to spread the interview over four nights, a decision clearly motivated by ratings but one that sits well with Obama who was keen to receive exposure in order to counter McCains post convention bump in the polls. On Thursday they discussed national security. Last night it was economics. You are about to watch a classic American debate about the role of government in the economy. The conservatives say you stimulate at the top by cutting taxes which encourages investments which will trickle down. The liberals say you raise taxes on the richest and increase spending at the bottom which stimulates the consumer. This is good craic, enjoy !