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McCain Spot Asks: 'Who Is Barack Obama?'

By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: (Narrator:) Who is Barack Obama? He says our troops in Afghanistan are --
(Barack Obama:) "... just air-raiding villages and killing civilians."
(Narrator:) How dishonorable. Congressional liberals voted repeatedly to cut off funding to our active troops. Increasing the risk on their lives. How dangerous. Obama and congressional liberals. Too risky for America.

Analysis: This John McCain ad blatantly distorts Barack Obama's words in an effort to paint him as callous about the role of the U.S. military.

The commercial truncates a comment that Obama made to a voter in New Hampshire in August 2007. According to the Associated Press, the Illinois senator brought up Afghanistan when asked whether he would withdraw troops form Iraq to fight terrorism elsewhere: "We've got to get the job done there, and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there." In short, Obama was saying he wanted to avoid just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, not that this was all that American troops were doing. His meaning was the opposite of what is portrayed in this spot. Civilian casualties have been rising in Afghanistan this year, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates last month apologized for U.S. airstrikes that have killed civilians.

Obama voted against Republican legislation to continue an open-ended commitment in Iraq after President Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to link funding to a timetable for withdrawal. He did not intend to cut off funding for American troops any more than McCain did in urging Bush to reject the Democratic measure.

The commercial represents an effort to turn the campaign dialogue from the economy to foreign policy, a stronger issue for the Arizona senator. By having the female narrator begin with the words "Who is Barack Obama?" the ad attempts to reinforce doubts about the Democratic nominee as a lesser known, untested and ultimately risky figure. And by picturing Obama with such congressional leaders as Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel, the McCain campaign makes a more subtle argument for the first time. Because both houses of Congress are considered likely to remain in Democratic hands, the implication is that a vote for Obama would give the party unchecked power, while a McCain White House would act as a brake against liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 6, 2008; 11:51 AM ET
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MCCain, said who is Barack Obama?
Silly, John MCCain.
This coming from a guy who squander his education at the Naval Academy, by being a PLAYBOY. The guy finish at the bottom of his class. How in the HE!!, did this guy get into flight school, connections from his father and grandfather. Just recall the Katrina fisco the president appointed his friend Brownie from homeland security.
MCCain took off from his aircraft carrier
go shot down and surrender to the enemy.
A real HERO. You decide...

Posted by: llevario2 | October 7, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

you are what you are by the company you keep...McCain was friends with a banker which involved him in the keating affair and obama is friends with ayers and wright and farrahkan and the black panthers and with muslim groups, etc etc etc...
do you really want somebody that pals around with people that hate America as President of the USA...are you all that stupid...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 7, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Kurtz,

Are you a freaking moron? What does the adverb "just" mean in Obama's statement? It means that is *all" we were doing, according to Obama, was ‘air-raiding villages and killing civilians.’

You need to go back to school and take an grammar refresher course in your spare time when you aren't in the tank for Obama like the rest of the Wash Post writers. Geez. Toilet paper, that's all this paper is good for.

Posted by: wpaisley | October 7, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Who is Sarah Palin?

Sarah's worked with the anti-American Alaska Independence Party for many years, with her husband as a registered member and herself as an "operative" posing as a Republican to infiltrate government. The goal of the AIP is to secede from the union.
Then the plan is to vote whether to become a nation or a commonwealth or go back to being a territory. Their point of view is that Alaska didnt get a referendum on the move to statehood and maybe it wouldnt have passed. Hawaii's barely passed, and Puerto Rico's failed, 51-49.

Their party's anti-American founder said things like "The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government", and was killed in a "deal gone bad" trying to buy plastic explosives.

Palin's opinion? "Keep up the good work!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

I'm not making this stuff up; you can listen to their Vice Chairman spell it out on video:

"Our current governor, we mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected... to get along and go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NK2sFJebGc

Can we really afford to have someone with these hateful ties in the second most powerful position in the country?

Posted by: ottothewise | October 7, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

what is INCIPIENT Alzheimer's!??
and how will we know if John is getting a case, since he didnt get tested for it although one in seven people his age have it.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Still defending John's 100 years in the middle east?

What he said is, just like we have troops in Germany and Japan, we will have several divisions in the middle east for a generation or two.

He only dropped that after the Iraqi government pushed back on Bush's extortion. Remember, Bush said he was going to take $20 billion in Iraqi monies in the US Fed Bank if Iraq didnt let us extend our occupation agreement?

Details, details. Yes McCain did say 100 years. Now he doesnt.
All it means, is McCain tries to toe the party line whatever he thinks Cheney wants him to say. Condi and Cheney dont consult with John though and make policy on the fly. Obama has been right, perfect and totally accurate in his predictions on how to address the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The truth is, there is no agreement in IRAQ yet, on Kurdish oil. That's the McCain failure. Obama will talk. McCain pretends that troops solve political problems. McCain is a brash talker, like Palin, ready to go to war with Russia, but neither have the sense that world wide diplomacy demands of the leader of the free world.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I disagree with the article's analysis. I would have interpreted Obama's meaning in the same way that the McCain campaign ad did: that we are not succeeding in Afghanistan because we do not have enough troops there, and consequently we are only air-raiding villages and killing civilians.

Posted by: rwhoward2 | October 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

How does this differ from Obama's distortion of McCain's "100 years in Iraq" taken out of context???

Posted by: commonsense21 | October 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Now, let's be fair to John McCain. Maybe Gramps is asking 'who is Barack Obama" cuz he can't remember ...

Posted by: MelFord1 | October 7, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Who is Barack Obama? Why he's the guy kicking your lying, corrupt, GOP butt. That's who.

Posted by: irae | October 7, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Who is Barack Obama? Why he's the guy kicking your lying, corrupt, GOP butt. That's who.

Posted by: irae | October 7, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Who is John McCain? His health shows him to be dead man walking. I hope everyone enjoys President Palin.

Posted by: therev1 | October 7, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Who is Barack Obama? Everyone else in the world knows, and McCain's been campaigning against him for months. Sounds like someone is having a senior moment.

Posted by: light_bearer | October 6, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA GOES TO WAR AGAINST FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Site:
http://www.rightsidenews.com/200809292079/editorial/obama-goes-to-war-against-freedom-of-speech.html

We CAN NO LONGER AFFORD to continue to travel on the path of the Democratic and Republican 'push forward' into the destruction of our Constitution and Sovereignty as a nation and elect politicians such as Obama and McCain to ANY office of government were they can continue to make laws against us and REFUSE to listen to our voice.


We MUST look into 3rd Party Presidential Candidates such as REP. CHUCK BALDWIN - endorsed by Ron Paul. He is the ONLY candidate that promises to defend and protect our Constitution and our Sovereignty!


IT IS OUR TURN TO STAND UP FOR OUR REPUBLIC AND MAKE A REAL CHANGE HAPPEN - VOTING AGAINST DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN RULE IS THE BEGINNING!

Posted by: cingi | October 6, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

To willfully misrepresent an opponent is reason enough to reject John McCain.

Posted by: davie163 | October 6, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, B.S. That is not taken out of context at all! Who else would have said such garbage under ANY circumstance? Face it, Obama is un-American.

Posted by: RUBY2 | October 6, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

the market tanked 800+ points today. last week over 700. and all mccain's got is ayers?

gimme a freaking break. enough already

Posted by: theoatwa | October 6, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who is Sarah Palin?

Sarah's worked with the anti-American Alaska Independence Party for many years, with her husband as a registered member and herself as an "operative" posing as a Republican to infiltrate government.

Their party's anti-American founder said things like "The fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government", and was killed in a "deal gone bad" trying to buy plastic explosives.

Palin's opinion? "Keep up the good work!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

I'm not making this stuff up; you can listen to their Vice Chairman spell it out on video:

"Our current governor, we mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected... to get along and go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NK2sFJebGc

Can we really afford to have someone with these hateful ties in the second most powerful position in the country?

Posted by: argh2 | October 6, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is claiming he was only 8 years old when Ayers started his cult. So what I wasn't even born when Hitler did what he did and I would never associate myself with him or his associates. Obama claims he didn't know who he was before he got associated with Ayers, come on give me a break Obama went to Harvard! Obama is hiding and denying to much of his past for me to trust him.

Posted by: SharonGEORGIA | October 6, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

How a McCain/Bush/Schmit/Rove campaign would Change a Light Bulb

How many members of McCain/Bush/Schmit/Rove campaign does it take to change a light bulb?

1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed;

2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed;

3. One to blame American Voters for burning out the light bulb;

4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs;

5. One to give a One Trillion dollars to Wall Street for the new light bulb;

6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a step ladder under the banner: Light Bulb Change Accomplished;

7. One campaign insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how McCain/Bush/Schmit/Rove was literally in the dark and out of touch with the American Voter

8. One to viciously smear #7;

9. Sarah Palin to campaign on TV and at rallies on how John McCain has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along;

10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

Posted by: YeilRaven | October 6, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The market is in the tank with DOW sinking 700 points today and NASDAQ loosing almost 8%. Last month, 159,000 Americans jobs were lost. I could not sleep the whole weekend after opening my 401K statement. And McCain wants to talk about gimmick “character” shenanigans. Where the FCUK does this idiot live at?

We are sitting a crossroads and the decision we make on November 4th will determine if America remains the World leader or the beginning of slow but sure decline that the Great Britain was on the last century.

Posted by: JHigginss | October 6, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dano111 | October 6, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin picked a bad time to try and play the Ayers/Wright card. This wasn't an issue 6 month ago or even 3 months ago.

I'm watching my mom small retirement account vanish a stocks drop over 700 points today and they want to talk about Bill Ayers?

McCain and Palin are a disgrace.

Posted by: Dano111 | October 6, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

JHigginss, we are all sinners. The point of Christianity is to sin less and be closer to God. That said, I am still an Obama supporter, and thanks for not voting for John McCain. Reckless, nasty, angry... no thanks.

Posted by: Charlene-K | October 6, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Who is Barack Obama?
He's good enough,smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.
Can we say the same for McCain/Palin?

Posted by: jrog4593 | October 6, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin are desperately using the techniques of lies and dirty tricks to take your mind off of the things that matter.

It's the economy that is tumbling as we speak. It is eating up my IRA and I'm nervous about my business (I run my own). I can't wait for Senator Obama and his advisers to come on board. I earn less than $250K/yr personally and my business earns under Senator Obamas ceiling for small businesses. I'll get a tax break.

But I want the economy to be healthy. I want healthcare to be accessible, affordable, and accountable for all Americans, not just the privilaged. Something that McCain and the Republican platform does not support.

Posted by: lucy2008 | October 6, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

See Actor Jon Voight, Go nuts on Obama. Assuses him of all kinds of stuff. He was on fox last night, He went into a rant http://www.huckabeeshow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 6, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Think you know John McCain:


You better read the article and watch the video.


http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Posted by: kentaylor1 | October 6, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Who is Barack Obama?!?!"

Why John... don't you know?? He's the guy that's kicking your butt right now. =o)

Posted by: DebtFree123 | October 6, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Even McCains own brother, just called suburban Virginians: Communists!

Ex- Generals are stumping for McCain in VA. They are basically selling people on indirectly funding the same "Industrial Military Complex" Ike warned about in his final speech to the nation as President. These generals should also be warning the Virgina voters. They won't. It's their job to get more money for WAR and to keep people in the WAR industry, employed, fat and happy.

WAR is their business. WAR is John McCains business.

McCain is a smoldering mountain of rage, anger and irrational behavior. I don't know which one it is, but he has a mental illness; probably several personality disorders. Even McCains own brother, just called suburban Virginians " Communists!" He's had a mental illness since he was 5-6 years old, when he threw tantrums, holing his breath until he was blue in the face. They dunked him in freezing water to 'cure him' of this behavior. Do your research. Evidence of this extreme, bixarre behavior even exists in his own books, which were written by his Chief of Staff

No more demented person since McCarthy, has held a US Senate office.

Go to Rollingstone.com to read about the REAL MCCAIN

Posted by: TruthWalksOnWater | October 6, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

From the Associated Press, at about the time Obama made his comment:

"A check of the facts shows that Western forces have been killing civilians in Afghanistan at a faster rate than the insurgents have been killing civilians.

The U.S. and NATO say they don't have civilian casualty figures, but The Associated Press has been keeping count based on figures from Afghan and international officials. Tracking civilian deaths is a difficult task because they often occur in remote and dangerous areas that are difficult to reach and verify.

As of Aug. 1, the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his concern about the civilian deaths during a meeting last week with President Bush.

Bush said he understands the agony that Afghans feel over the loss of innocent lives."

So essentially, McCain is being critical of the TRUTH, perhaps something he doesn't want the American People to know. Is this Straight Talk? I think it's despicable.

Posted by: wwharris | October 6, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

A new Poll says, McCain/Palin is not the best GOP ticket, Huckabee/Palin would be the most desirable republican ticket See Poll results at
http://www.mccanes.com/watchdebatevp.html

Posted by: pastor123 | October 6, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

WHO REALLY IS THIS MCCAIN THE MAVERICK?

Posted by: thisworld | October 6, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse


“According to public records, he and Cindy received a marriage license in Maricopa County, Ariz., in early March 1980, four weeks before his divorce from Carol was final.”

Cindy Hensley is home wrecker.

As a Christian man, I can’t in a clear conscious vote for an adulterer and sinner. As the article delineated, John is an adulterer and his marriage with Cindy is NOT legal as he was still married to Carol.

I am sorry, but all the evangelical voters, who claim to support McCain because of his values and religion background, are hypocrites or misinformed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/05/AR2008100502589.html

Posted by: JHigginss | October 6, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Last month, 159,000 Americans jobs were lost and the Dow plunged 500+ today. It's no surprise that the top priority for a majority of voters is the economy.

But the McCain campaign doesn't share those concerns, admitting yesterday that "There's no question we want to change the subject here," and that they're "looking forward to turning the page on the financial crisis."

McCain has laid his cards on the table. And to everyone tired of the politics of past, this latest announcement is as disheartening as it is disturbing.

Posted by: JHigginss | October 6, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Distortion, Deceit, and Division. Hatred and Fear is all they've got. Their ideology has failed, their policies have failed, the campaign has failed, even the desperate and panic-induce pick of Palin as VP has failed.

01/20/09. End of an Error!!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 6, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Must be markedin austin. I doubt your corrupt opinions are voiced aloud in the only progressive city in the vilest state.

Only 2 things in texas, queer (mindsets) or steer (the discourse to lies and division).

Posted by: mot2win | October 6, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

AlexP1, if Obama is lying about all of his personal associations, how can we trust him on the "real" problems?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

You call them "clueless", but McCain knows that's where this polarizing election will be decided.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

...So, 40 year old history is now news....The Vietnam War as a travesty in this nation back then, so when the RNC/GOP lie machine are unable to talk about the real problems that need to be discussed, economy, health care, war, unemployment, aids, they come up with this crapola....

peeeuuu Palin should keep her idiotic and repetitive mouth shut...with her Caribou Barbie pull string in her back....

What about news from just 2 weeks ago....

Katie: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part as your foreign policy experience, what do you mean by that?

Sarah: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side... the land... uhh boundary... that we have with uhhh Canada. It it it's fff-funny that a comment like that was uh kind of made to...... uhh... character.......uhh......I don't know.....you know.......reporters...

Katie: Mocked?

Sarah: Yeah, mocked. I guess that's the word. Yeah. umm....

Katie: Well, explain to why that enhances your foreign policy credentials?

Sarah: Well, it certainly does. Because our......our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They are in the state that I am the executive of.

Katie: Have you ever been in an negotiations for example with the Russians

Sarah: We have trade missions back and forth we... we... It's very important when you even consider nation security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and and uh comes into the a a a air space of the United States of America wh wh where do they go? It's Alaska, it's just right over the border. It it is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that.... an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there they are right next to umm our state.

....What about the Keating five in 1988 20-year-old story when McCaint was 52...

The story may be old, but it's recently become surprisingly relevant to current events -- we are, after all, talking about a scandal involving major bank failures, financial fraud and greed, and political ineptitude.

There is history repeating itself 20 years later....

McCaint is running with a message about his ability to "reform" both DC and Wall Street record.

I agree with Jack Cafferty at CNN and his take on that CBS Interview...

Watch that report @
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8__aXxXPVc

McCaint is no hero...but peeeuuu Palin is a hero sandwich...full of old baloney
.......and a witch doctor in her closet

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 6, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Just because the Democrats were fooled into giving Obama a pass on "Who is he?" doesn't mean the undecideds (by definition, those who do not know enough about Obama) are.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Prepare to take back your government because the controllers won't allow your vote to count, as it didn't in 2000 and 2004.

What does it tell you that McCain when, in his senile stumbling campaign "suspension," blew off Letterman but made sure he met with a Rothschild before returning to "save" your economy?

What does it tell you that, despite hundreds of thousands of outraged citizens emailing, snail mailing and calling their supposed representitives to vote against the fraudelent "bailout" they voted for it instead?

When a Rothschild steps out of the shadows to involve itself directly in American politics Obama must be worrisome to the vulgar wealthy.

When the Dow tanks 2 days in a row after stealing nearly a trillion dollars from you, your children and grandchildren one must ask...have americans really been so successfully dumbed down to allow this? If so I recommend you do what I've done, buy 6 months supply of canned goods and ammunition, get with any sane neighbors you have left.

Our forefathers want you to rise up and finish the revolution.

Posted by: mot2win | October 6, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"AsperGirl, the last v30 days is an eternity in Presidential elections. Undecideds are exactly who they are going after."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:17 PM

McCain is wasting his time on this personal stuff.

The time for it has passed and now the nation is riveted on economic events. The only thing McCain can do to win now is to dramatically rehabilitate himself re: economic and domestic policy and show some coherent leadership to replace the memories of his spastic ploys two weeks ago.

McCain's biggest chance to rehabilitate himself will be at the debate tmw. I'll watch it, but doubt he plans on this.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 6, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, the last v30 days is an eternity in Presidential elections. Undecideds are exactly who they are going after.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Too late, too late, too late.

Since McCain imploded by making incompetent economic leadership grandstanding attempts, Obama has been winning over those former Clinton holdouts who were focused on competence and qualifications.

The only people McCain can reach with these arguments are those people who are both too clueless to already have this information and yet paranoid enough to be affected by it. I would think the clueless-plus-paranoid people are already entrenched voters in their respective parties, and would comprise only a narrow sliver of undecideds or swing voters.

Too late.

Only think McCain can do to win the election now is dramatically rehabilitate his economic and domestic policy leadership. And that is something he apparently lacks the capacity to do.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 6, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It's about time McCain and Palin took off the gloves. Reverend Wright is next. Bring it on!

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 6, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"When you can't win on the issues and your plan for America is 4 more years of the same Bush policies, your campaign has to rely on "blatant distortions"."

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 6, 2008 11:58 AM

Hey, I'm getting ready to go fly fishing later this week...

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 6, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Do we really know McCain and Keating 5 or Sarah Palin and her links with the AIP? Do people know that Palin wants Alaska to become an Independent Nation? How interesting! And there is a video of her addressing the Alaska Independence Party convention and wishing them luck? Even more interesting! And now she talks about radical "friends", even though Obama was never connected with Ayers, but she is tied to the AIP? Does she really want to play the guilty by association card?

VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

Posted by: d_hyperion | October 6, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama can say anything at this point and be credible. He can attack all of John McCain's weaknesses with impunity because McCain has shown he's incoherent on the economy.

McCain has very little credibility after being so incompetent so as to not anticipate and prepare for this economic meltdown. Even if you're totally clueless about economics as a national politician it's hard to miss the signals. For example, the FDIC, very early this year, even staffed up for all the bank failures that were coming, and they would have had to have a budget allocated for that. McCain has economic policy advisors and a national campaign, and so it's even harder to see how he could have been so unprepared and incompetent to start spewing incoherent postures when the credit freeze set in.

The fact is that there are weaknesses in McCain's platform, including his health care plans. Now, to pile onto the general incompetence McCain has shown, all Obama has to do is keep pointing at this and that weakness to keep alive the image of McCain as the clueless economic incompetent (that he apparently is).

Those of us who were Clinton experience-and-qualifications-are-important voters hated Obama because in part what we anticipated were problems that the next executive has to deal with. The experience argument essentially boils down to this: it's going to be a tough job and we need the best professional politician in there, not some pie-in-the-sky idealist who is going to try to create some fairy tale changes.

By demonstrating his actual incompetence in economics -- not only in incoherent statements and actions during an economic crisis but in failing to even anticipate and prepare for what has been shaping up all year -- McCain has just rebutted the experience argument. If someone demonstrates actual incompetence in a subject area, then experience becomes irrelevant.

John McCain has nothing to offer that Obama doesn't -- except that in being a young, still developing leader, Obama can become a competent economic policy leader whereas McCain will obviously not be capable of that.

John McCain has lost the election, as far as former Clinton supporters who were focused on experience and qualifications, like myself. Even his character attacks are pointless because if the Clinton holdouts and other pragmatic centrists were that into character and personality, we wouldn't have been willing to cross over to vote for the pragmatic Republican over the hot-air, idealistic Democrat.

All Obama has to do to get us to vote for him now is to continue to highlight over the next few weeks that there are real reasons (other than economics) for not liking McCain.

The only thing McCain can do to stop or reverse his slide is to correct his lack of substance and incompetence in economics and domestic public policy. It's possible he can dramatically rehabilitate himself during the debate in terms of economics and and non-military policy. But given his track record and his campaign's ongoing incoherence on the subjects, it's doubtful he will do that.

After Clinton dropped out, this election contest became a race between two idiots. Now, it's looking as if Obama is just an inexperienced, but learning, idiot on economic and domestic public policy issues whereas McCain is looking like a chronic idiot in those subject areas. It's easier to vote for the young idiot who can develop competence than the old one who demonstrates he cannot.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 6, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"This John McCain ad blatantly distorts Barack Obama's words"...

When you can't win on the issues and your plan for America is 4 more years of the same Bush policies, your campaign has to rely on "blatant distortions".

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 6, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Too late for these character attacks. The time for vetting on personal issues is past. McCain didn't raise them this Summer, in defense of himself and Palin when besieged during the post-convention period when the press and Obama campaign slashed at them freely. Now, when there are substantive issues of national and global import unfolding, McCain raises them now.

It's an obvious attempt to cover his economic and domestic policy weaknesses and incompetence in the face of the unfolding events. I'm very doubtful McCain will get much traction raising these issues now, although I do agree that they should be raised and argued during a presidential campaign. McCain is doing everything backwards and spastically and is making Obama appear more and more attractive to the Clinton holdouts.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 6, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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