McCain Wins the Week as Obama Misfires

Mark Halperin sizes up the latest skirmishes
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 11:52 AM CDT
Obama and McCain.   (AP composite)
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(Newser) – Score this week for John McCain, writes Mark Halperin in Time. "McCain's week wasn't particularly good, but Obama's was dreadful by comparison." Here’s how it adds up:

  • Image: McCain’s goal is to make Obama look “like an ordinary politician.” Barack helped with one of his “most off-message weeks,” says Halperin, citing campaign finance, NAFTA, and a flap over head scarves. Advantage: McCain.
  • Iraq: The war has always been Obama's ace in the hole, but “favorable reporting” on surge success from major papers “may neutralize the issue.” Advantage: McCain.

  • Energy, environment: McCain may look like a flip-flopper and Bush sympathizer on offshore drilling, but Obama “risks appearing insensitive to his proposals’ potential economic costs.” Tie.
  • Resources: Obama’s public finance opt-out will make him the richest general election candidate ever. Advantage: Obama.