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McCain Ad Addresses Obama 'TV Special'

By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: Behind the fancy speeches, grand promises and TV special, lies the truth: With crises at home and abroad, Barack Obama lacks the experience America needs. And it shows. His response to our economic crisis is to spend and tax our economy deeper into recession. The fact is Barack Obama's not ready ... yet.

Analysis: The most telling word in this John McCain ad is the last one: yet.

By charging that Barack Obama is not experienced enough to lead the country -- yet -- the McCain camp is making a subtle appeal to those who would like to see Obama in the White House one day but have qualms about his thin national resume. The implicit suggestion is that the Navy veteran is the safe choice while the former community organizer from Chicago is given four more years to become a more seasoned leader.

The commercial reprises the theme of McCain's Paris Hilton ad last summer -- which mocked Obama as a celebrity -- by showing rapid images of the senator from Illinois speaking to huge crowds, in one instance before the Greek columns erected for his Democratic convention speech. This gives way to grim images of a boarded-up house, unsold cars and a depressed-looking woman with her daughter.

The spot is also an attempt to blunt what it calls the "TV special," the unusual, 30-minute Obama infomercial that will air on several networks tonight.

The accusation that Obama would tax the country into a deep recession is misleading, as were previous McCain ads, because Obama proposes to boost taxes only for those earning more than $250,000, while cutting rates for 95 percent of taxpayers. Obama is pushing major spending programs, such as one to extend health insurance, but insists that his budget pays for the additional outlays. The commercial uses pictures instead to help depict Obama as a tax-and-spend liberal, a standard Republican charge that has become McCain's closing argument.

What's not clear is whether the novel argument that Obama might be ready someday, but not now, will prove persuasive with wavering voters.

Posted at 9:42 AM ET on Oct 29, 2008  | Category:  Ad Watch
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In response to DrCaesar's comment about the McCain ad following the speech: I agree! I had to do a double take to re-read what I was seeing. The first thing that caught my eye was the B from Barack in the first line and the L A C K S on the second line. You are correct that this is like the subliminal advertising controversy of the 1950's. I am an educated white professional who believes this is appalling.

Posted by: clc626 | November 2, 2008 9:51 AM

The most striking thing about the McCain Ad following Obama's speech (10/29/2008), were the words preceding "Barack Obama's not ready, yet." These words were shown as the Narrator spoke,
"BARACK OBAMA
LACKS
EXPERIENCE
AMERICA NEEDS."
If the video is stopped at the beginning of these words, we see the words structured in a way that combines BARACK, BLACKS and LACKS. Much like the old technique of showing one (1) frame containing a box of popcorn in a movie.

Posted by: DrCaesar | October 30, 2008 5:10 PM

This campaign is not over. Strange things have happened in American politics over the last two centuries. McCain and the RNC (GOP in general) are desperate. Reminds of a person running along in a pack of runners and falling into quicksand, while the rest of the pack runs off, flailing and grabbing at anything to help pull him out. This was McCain's election to lose and he is doing just that, with a very ugly and shameful display of disorganization, misdirection, ambiguity and disparaging tactics. This ad just sums up his desperation and convinces me to run as far from McCain as possible and let him sink. Good riddance.

Posted by: tyndlfeine | October 30, 2008 2:57 AM

This campaign is not over. Strange things have happened in American politics over the last two centuries. McCain and the RNC (GOP in general) are desperate. Reminds of a person running along in a pack of runners and falling into quicksand, while the rest of the pack runs off, flailing and grabbing at anything to help pull him out. This was McCain's election to lose and he is doing just that, with a very ugly and shameful display of disorganization, misdirection, ambiguity and disparaging tactics. This ad just sums up his desperation and convinces me to run as far from McCain as possible and let him sink. Good riddance.

Posted by: tyndlfeine | October 30, 2008 2:50 AM

This campaign is not over. Strange things have happened in American politics over the last two centuries. McCain and the RNC (GOP in general) are desperate. Reminds of a person running along in a pack of runners and falling into quicksand, while the rest of the pack runs off, flailing and grabbing at anything to help pull him out. This was McCain's election to lose and he is doing just that, with a very ugly and shameful display of disorganization, misdirection, ambiguity and disparaging tactics. This ad just sums up his desperation and convinces me to run as far from McCain as possible and let him sink. Good riddance.

Posted by: tyndlfeine | October 30, 2008 2:47 AM

This campaign is not over. Strange things have happened in American politics over the last two centuries. McCain and the RNC (GOP in general) are desperate. Reminds of a person running along in a pack of runners and falling into quicksand, while the rest of the pack runs off, flailing and grabbing at anything to help pull him out. This was McCain's election to lose and he is doing just that, with a very ugly and shameful display of disorganization, misdirection, ambiguity and disparaging tactics. This ad just sums up his desperation and convinces me to run as far from McCain as possible and let him sink. Good riddance.

Posted by: tyndlfeine | October 30, 2008 2:47 AM

What could I possibly say tonight that you have not heard me say in the previous 18 months?

Nothing.

Every subject for debate in this campaign has been rhetorically exhausted, if not intelligently addressed.

My time here is best spent urging each of you to vote your conscience from the bottom of the ticket to the top, so that whoever wins is really your choice. It is best spent reminding you that we are all Americans first, not partisans. And as Americans we should get to enjoy our World Series.

The White Sox and Cubs did not get here tonight, so I can honestly say my only interest is in a good game and a good series. Joe the Biden is rooting for the Phillies, but he is not the top of our ticket, and I am staying cool about this. We are not allowing Joe the Biden out tonight.

So from the bottom of my heart, God Bless America and may He protect our troops -

AND PLAY BALL!

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 29, 2008 3:54 PM

Socialism? Is that all McCain's got left? Can someone PLEASE shout out to him at his next rally:

"Hey old man, it's 2008 - nobody under 45 even knows what that means"!


What's going on with his campaign? I mean it just reeks of obvious desperation.


Why is McCain STILL, 7 days before the election, trying to rally his base? Isn't that what Blunder Woman Palin is for?


Imagine how close this race could have been if the old, moderate, John McCain had popped up after the convention? Imagine the breaking of the tire swing rope as every journalist in sight would have jumped on in sheer exultory delight that the Mac-2000 was back. I want McCain to lose as bad as anyone, but it's almost getting painful, it's like watching a punch drunk fighter get mauled and the ref won't call it.


I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?


So far we've had:
-----------------------

- Ashley the Fraud

- Joe the pretend Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Sarah the Crazy VP pick

- Socialism!!!

----------------------


Here's some mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3AvZqYC4mw
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 1:44 PM

McCain is still fighting Vietnam.
One minute he was top-gunning those "commie gooks" in their cities and rice paddies and the next he was in a prison camp for five and a half years. He's lucky they didn't kill him on the spot. After all, that's what he was doing to them. Many would consider his bombing runs over Hanoi the activities of a war criminal.

I'm sure he came home wondering how did we "lose"? After all, we had all the fire power, the carriers, the aircraft, the men, the economics - we were the "super power".

I'm sure he thinks we lost because we didn't have the "guts" to pursue "victory". We were "betrayed" by those nasty "librals" "Stabbed in the back" so to speak. Sounds llike some German Corporal's excuse for losing the Great War.

Of course we all now know (except maybe for John) that a "commie" Vietnam was no danger to the United States; that their war was one of nationalism vs. colonialism. They fought the Japanese, then the returning French colonialists, then their American successors.

There are 58,000+ names on a black wall that we "honor" - kids mostly. Kids drafted off the poorer streets of America, given a few months of basic and dropped in a faraway country to "kill commies". Most died while Nixon vowed to bring the troops "home with honor" When pols use that expression it usually means someone else's kid has to die for an empty slogan.

Too many died too far away from home for far too little. There is no honor in that.

Too many kids died at Kent State.

My bedroom set is marked "Made in Vietnam".

Those kids died for nothing.

Posted by: toritto | October 29, 2008 1:26 PM

PAST AS PROLOGUE?

The long lines at the polls open for early voting, combined with sporadic reports of electronic voting machine snafus and a predictable tightening of national polls, presage the Election Day story -- another long day's journey into night?

The Obama-Biden campaign better have kept tens of millions in reserve for legal challenges to alleged voter suppression and vote count irregularities.

Dems may rue the day they failed to press for a legislatively-mandated voter-verified paper trail.

Little has been written about the vitriol of GOP direct mail pieces sent out in recent days. To quote from a mailing from the GOP of PA:

"Barack Obama: Not Who You Think He Is." "Soft on crime."
"He acted more as a friend to criminals than to cops..."

Fear, smear and backroom machinations: Here we go again?


WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT JUST AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 29, 2008 1:04 PM

The entire ad is misleading.

You would think that Obama was running around not knowing what he was doing and contradicting himself during the period when congress was attempting to unfreeze the credit markets. You would think that it was McCain who remained levelheaded and was getting his advise from qualified sources.

However it is Barack Obama who has leaders like Warren Buffett and Paul Volcker advising him and McCain had men of the caliber of Phil Gramm who was a participant in the Enron debacle. Obama does not get large crowds because he is celebrity. He is the leader of a movement to reset the course of this country and people are excited at the prospect of having a government whose interest is in the welfare of its people. Where business's role is as part of its citizenry and not the central focus of the government.

McCain is old and out of touch and his ads complain that Obama is not. That is who the real John McCain is.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 29, 2008 12:54 PM


sonnychiba72 spewed: "The Third Movement"

"The Third Reich Movement" more like.

You are so "Right-Wing" that if you were anymore right you'd traverse into another dimension.

------------

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it-- he should be ashamed.


Save our Country and Constitution from the Republican Reich

VOTE OBAMA Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 12:37 PM

The crisis at home and overseas was created and mismanaged under the GOP watch. Are we really supposed to believe MClame and Playin will fix it ? The GOP has no solutions to our problems , they are the creators of our problems. Palin claims to have experience with energy , but has failed to explain how they would achieve energy independence. Their claims are the opposite of reality. Decentralized energy production with citizen owned renewable energy equipment is truly energy independence. This decentralized clean energy approach provides the best defense against terrorist attack because its decentralized (millions of targets rather than thousands). They laugh at the serious issue of nuclear waste storage ? Tell that to your great great grandson or daughter who will be cleaning up this radioactive waste in hundreds of years . The cost of the wrong energy plan in not calculable.

Obama 08

Posted by: nonono_74 | October 29, 2008 12:14 PM

I am willing to bet there is a good 40%-50% of the undecideds who simply won't vote for McCain for one really simple, obvious reason.

Palin.

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM

Obama winning the election is only part of the message that needs to be sent to the congress in Washington. Obama needs to win big. The congress needs to know that Obama has our backing and that he should lead in policy making. Contrary to what the Republicans say Obama is fiscally more conservative than congress. He is not looking for universal health care. He realizes the costs are prohibitive. He has been fairly detailed in saying where the money will come from although he has not yet downwardly adjusted his spending for the decrease in tax receipts that can be expected. This is a man who knows the value of a dollar. He managed his money in the early part of the campaign very wisely and never got into the problems that McCain got into. Frankly though he is young he behaves more like an adult than congress does.

I think that we all should trust that Mr Obama will be more frugal than congress is and even more importantly his judgment is better. It is Mr Obama that should be setting the priorities on how money is spent.

That is why it is necessary to get out and vote. There should be no question about the mandate Obama has. If you are sitting on the fence not feeling that McCain is the right man and feeling Obama lacks the experience think about this. You may feel like you don't want to vote or that your vote does not count for anything. Send a message to congress by voting for Obama that you have trust that his intentions are good and do not play your political games like you often do..

This is one year where each voter sends a message to congress that 2009 is going to be different than 2001-2008. We need to turn things around and help Obama do it wisely.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM

Howard Kurtz, the propagandist.

You surely are busy this morning Howard. First the article on the hypotheticals and now this help to the McCain campaign with free advertising for their smears.

McCain is "ready" alright. Ready to be admitted to a home for the elderly and mentally incapacitated.

He and Palin are dangerous sociopaths who we just need to say "no" to.

Not this time, folks.

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM

And now, to the matter at hand: this ad by McCain is reminiscent of what appears to be a large part of his platform. Smear the other guy. McCain looks like a big old bully to me, and I have no doubt that he'd run the country like one.

America is a great nation. The ideas upon which our country was founded are inspiring and brilliant. If our country is to not only survive in an increasingly global environment, but grow and thrive, we must act in the spirit of these ideas and learn to be a shining example, not a heavy-handed bully.

We need to learn not only to get along with the rest of the world, but to be an equal member of the world community - not as a fragile authority, but side by side with other nations in making this world a better place for all its citizens.

America needs to look at its aid and foreign policies and reform its attitude to one of cooperation rather than paternalistic colonialism. We need to give humanitarian aid. (Currently we only give aid that is tied to political and economic advantage for politically connected entities here and for the local ruling classes in the areas receiving our largesse. Aid problems are mainly only a matter of distribution in that our aid agencies choose the wrong people to distribute the aid.)

McCain's military experience qualifies him to work in areas specifically related to his military experience, not leadership in a political or diplomatic arena. Ads like this one tell me that if elected, McCain would preserve the status quo - both here in America and abroad in the global community - by tactics such as he uses in this very ad, like belittling and smearing that which he does not understand. His campaign in general makes this clear, and this ad in particular helps prove it.

Posted by: bettbee | October 29, 2008 11:44 AM

First of all there were no "Greek columns" at the speech. After all the hoopla Republicans made over that one, of course anyone who tuned in that night was looking for them---and as usual their version of events goes down in history and gets repeated (kind of like the one about Al Gore inventing the internet). But more importantly, one only needs to look at the demeanor of the two candidates and the two campaigns to see who is more ready to be President---and even at 72, it's definitely not John McCain. There's an answer as to how O'Bama has raised so much money, all you need to do is look at the crowds that attend his rallies. Millions of us "Regular Joes and Janes" CANNOT STAND the thought of another four years of the last eight, and we are donating whatever we can whenever we can. We are tired of secretive administrations who support Country Club Economics, and ignore our Constitution. If you vote for the other ticket, just remember you deserve what you'll end up getting--NOTHING--(well except higher healthcare costs, higher taxes, scientific research killed, no financial aid for your kid trying to go to college---actually they'll probably have to live at home with you for the rest of their adult life). Wouldn't it be great if we could just have two Presidents and two systems--"red state folks" can live with theirs, we'll live with ours. I'll bet after a couple of years there would be millions of converts after seeing who fares better.

Obama/Biden for a Better America for everyone! (Even for those of you who don't get-it because you listen to too much hate radio from the Right Wing Media Elite).

Posted by: SharonE1 | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM

I don't think obama has broken any rules.
Watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 29, 2008 11:27 AM

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 11:26 AM

Mc Cain keeps pounding Obama on experience and good judgment,and the war hero thing. Why don't Mc Cain publish his navy flight log.
He also talks about his foreign policy cridentials.he needs to show them to the president of Spain.
One of our NATO allies he insulted.
We need four more years of all this BS!

Posted by: philstoneys | October 29, 2008 11:20 AM

Mc Cain keeps pounding Obama on experience and good judgment,and the war hero thing. Why don't Mc Cain publish his navy flight log.
He also talks about his foreign policy cridentials.he needs to show them to the president of Spain.
One of our NATO allies he insulted.
We need four more years of all this BS!

Posted by: philstoneys | October 29, 2008 11:20 AM

It's too late for McCain. The McCain/Palin ticket infighting has begun. Also the most recent battleground states polls shows Obama significantly ahead in Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Nevada will just increase the infighting while the Republican Party struggles to find an image for itself. Even polling in McCain's home state of Arizona has been deemed a toss-up state?!

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 29, 2008 11:17 AM

The McCain campaign has also accepted similar untraceable funds, and Obama's team is complying with every rule on how you must accept funds. Read the whole article, not just the bits that you like to hear.

sonnychiba72 is taking things out of context and posting only that part of the story that would support his side of the argument. This alone takes any legitimacy from his claims.

Add to this his "Big Lie" certainty and his emotional, bombastic, quasi-speechifying, militaristic rant, and a certain picture starts to emerge. Somebody has clearly been watching a little too much of what may once have been bold and fresh but is now smelling more than a little rotten . . .

:-D

Posted by: bettbee | October 29, 2008 11:08 AM

"Obama proposes to boost taxes only for those earning more than $250,000, while cutting rates for 95 percent of taxpayers."
That is not what obama has said. Who is lying here the MSM or obama? obama has stated that it would be for 95 percent of working families, or at times depending on the audience, 95% of Americans. Never has he said taxpayers. That is a significant difference.
I would have voted for Clinton, but obama is out of the question.

No to socialism, no to obama. Keep the American dream alive for our children and grandchildren.

Posted by: akroudy | October 29, 2008 10:55 AM

The Third Movement. We are neither Democrat or Republican. We are The Third Movement.
The liberal media can push Obama down the throats of Americans all they want but it doesn't mean all are buying their product. We aren't buying it.
The many patriotic members of our proud US Military and their family members have been forgotten in this election but we have not forgotten Obama. We know that Obama has already sold us out and he will sell us out again in the future. Our voice cannot be counted in the polls but our vote will be counted on November 4th.
We have bled, we have died on the battle fields of Iraq, in Afghanistan and in other places around the world in this Century alone. Obama wants us to lay our arms down and give up what thousands of us have died for but it won't happen.
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid will try to make the defending of our Constituition of none effect by changing it to suit their Party agenda.
From Bunker Hill to the Alamo, from Gettysburg to San Juan, from Somme to Iwo Jima, from the Inchon Peninsula to the Mekong Delta, from Lebanon to Kuwait, from Baghdag to Kabul, WE have defended America and our Constitution. On November 4th, we will continue to defend it. Many of us have already voted from abroad.
From Pearl Harbor to Bremerton, from San Diego to Lackland, from Barksdale to Jacksonville, from Norfolk to Camp Lejuene, from Quntico to Newport, from New London to Great Lakes, from Fort Riley to Presidio, we will not stand down but we stand shoulder to shoulder in this election.
We have voted for or we will vote John McCain for the preservation of the United States of America.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 29, 2008 10:50 AM

and the "Whack Job" is ready NEVER!

Posted by: NotBubba | October 29, 2008 10:47 AM

Obama is illegally raising money on the Internet and world wide. Obama is accepting money from foriegn nationals. Will the Federal Government continue to allow him to break all the rules?

The Obama campaign has shattered presidential fundraising records, in part by capitalizing on the ease of online giving. Of the $150 million the senator from Illinois raised in September, nearly $100 million came in over the Internet.

The Obama team's disclosures came in response to questions from The Washington Post about the case of Mary T. Biskup, a retired insurance manager from Manchester, Mo., who turned up on Obama's FEC reports as having donated $174,800 to the campaign. Contributors are limited to giving $2,300 for the general election.

Biskup, who had scores of Obama contributions attributed to her, said in an interview that she never donated to the candidate. "That's an error," she said. Moreover, she added, her credit card was never billed for the donations, meaning someone appropriated her name and made the contributions with another card.

Surprise, surprise! The Washington Post actually ran this story, so it has to be TRUE!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 29, 2008 10:45 AM

Read below and guess who said it...

"But I believe that when you really look at the tax code today, the very wealthy, because they can afford tax lawyers and all kinds of loopholes, really don't pay nearly as much as you think they do when you just look at the percentages. And I think middle-income Americans, working Americans, when the account and payroll taxes, sales taxes, mortgage pay -- all of the taxes that working Americans pay, I think they -- you would think that they also deserve significant relief, in my view..."

"So, look, here's what I really believe, that when you are -- reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more. But at the same time, that shouldn't be totally out of proportion. There's some countries such as Sweden where it doesn't pay anything to work more than six months a year. That's probably the extreme.

But I think the debate in this country is more about tax cuts rather than anything else. And frankly, I think the first people who deserve a tax cut are working Americans with children that need to educate their children, and they're the ones that I would support tax cuts for first."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/10/21/1577609.aspx

Yep, John McCain in 2000, the original Socialist and RIC (Redistributer in Chief).

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 10:26 AM

When McCain chose Palin as his running mate he sealed the deal for Obama. Palin represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party and with America. .............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/29/obamas-best-chance-palins-example/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 29, 2008 10:08 AM

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it-- he should be ashamed.


Save our Country and Constitution from the Republican Reich

VOTE OBAMA Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 10:04 AM

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