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McCain Paints Obama as Disrespectful

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail:

The Ad: He was the world's biggest celebrity, but his star's fading. So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as "good looking." That backfired, so they said she was doing, "what she was told." Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar. How disrespectful. And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.

Analysis: This John McCain commercial, which contains two significant distortions, is part of a larger effort to rule criticism of his running mate out of bounds and paint her as the victim of unfair attacks from both Democrats and the media.

The "they" is never specified here, but the notion that Barack Obama's campaign "dismissed" Sarah Palin based on her looks twists what was clearly a self-deprecating joke by his running mate, Joe Biden. The Delaware senator laughed as he compared himself to the Alaska governor: "'Well, there's obvious differences. She's good looking."

The "doing what she was told" line is an exaggerated version of a comment by Obama strategist David Axelrod. "She tried to attack Obama by saying he had no significant legislative accomplishments -- maybe that's what she was told," he said. Axelrod did not say that Palin was entirely programmed by the McCain campaign.

The spot is accurate in saying the Obama campaign called Palin a liar. An ad for the Illinois senator challenged her for taking credit for stopping Alaska's Bridge to Nowhere, which she had originally supported, saying: "Politicians lying about their records?"

The indignant female narrator's voice suggests that the Obama camp is unfairly pillorying Palin, in no small measure because she is a woman. One irony is that while earlier McCain ads depicted the Illinois senator as "the world's biggest celebrity" -- trying to make a liability of the large and enthusiastic crowds Obama was drawing -- McCain now has a celebrity of his own on the ticket and is determined to protect her image.


By Ed O'Keefe |  September 12, 2008; 1:50 PM ET Ad Watch , John McCain
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This campaign has got to be an all-time low point for the GOP. Are they THAT deperate?

Posted by: Donny | September 15, 2008 1:45 PM

"The indignant female narrator's voice suggests that the Obama camp is unfairly pillorying Palin, in no small measure because she is a woman"

It seems that you don't like the fact that the McCain chose a female as the narrator (why else would the sex of the narrator even be mentioned in your criticism)

Should females be excluded from this job as well because there is a female candidate?

Posted by: Nancy T | September 15, 2008 2:00 PM

where is Mike Garvel,Mike were are you
we miss you!we need man,you are from Alaska
about some help for us democratics,we need
you to stand up to the neocons in Alaska,
who our trying to whitewash,the trooper-
gate hearing's and the upcoming convictions
we have a role for you mike,Help Us mike
come back to your party,we nend you now,
we democratics are looking forward to
seeing you Sen.Gravel SOS SOS SOS


Posted by: KIDDIE PORN RUSH | September 15, 2008 3:14 PM

What really Kills me about all the Hype with the GOP and McCant Camp calling Obama and the Dems sexist, wasn't MCCAIN the one WHO APPROVED THE USE of two SEXSYMBOL WOMEN

The Pot Has Called the Kettle Black!!!!

Posted by: Mullett | September 15, 2008 8:52 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:00 PM


Obama is an arrogant punk. Apparently also does not know how to google or he would know McCain's war injuries prevent him from googling.

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 16, 2008 1:55 AM

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