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McCain's Risky Ad Strategy

UPDATE, 6:30 pm: Barack Obama's campaign has quickly turned around a response ad that bashes John McCain for practicing the "politics of the past."

The key image? McCain and President Bush standing side by side while the words "John McCain: Same Old Politics, Same Failed Policies" appear on screen.

ORIGINAL POST

Over the past week John McCain's campaign has shown an increased willingness to go after Barack Obama in increasingly harsh and personal terms, the latest evidence of which is a new ad that attacks the Illinois Senator's celebrity status.

The ad -- regardless of what the McCain campaign says -- is designed to create controversy, an intent made clear in the opening seconds of the commercial when Hollywood types like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are shown.

Steve Schmidt, who manages McCain's day-to-day campaign operations, seemed happy to stoke that controversy during a conference call on the ad today. "Do the American people want to elect the world's biggest celebrity or do they want to elect an American hero?" Schmidt asked, according to post.com's Ed O'Keefe.

Accepting the premise that the ad is a calculated risk by the McCain campaign -- that the controversy will stoke a critical re-examination of Obama's readiness for office -- the next question is whether it will work.

Seeking an answer to that question, The Fix sought out a wide variety of Republican consultants to gauge their opinions of the ad and whether it was worth the risk McCain is incurring.

The reaction was decidedly mixed.

Scott Howell, a leading Republican media consultant, praised the commercial as "very fair and accurate", adding: "Just because a car looks like a Ferrari doesn't mean it will run like one. McCain has to get voters to look under the hood and if he can I think they'll see they are being sold a 'kit car' with a VW engine."

John McLaughlin, a Republican pollster, said the ad was effective but, in doing so, also offered an implicit criticism of the commercials that had come before it. "They need to have a stronger concentration of effort and focus on this issue and several subsequent issues to win a majority of the vote," McLaughlin said. "Hopefully
this is the start of an aggressive issues debate through election day."

Other members of the Republican consultant community were far less sanguine in their estimate of the ad's effectiveness.

"Sigh," emailed one senior party strategist who later added: "Every Obama ad since his announcement has fit nicely into a theme, an argument. McCain ads are just catch as catch can, one wild swing at Obama after another. Their increasing bitterness reflects a campaign that is more about some sort of therapeutic frustration venting for the staff than any coherent strategy to elect McCain. It's unprofessional to the core."

Another high-level party operative grumbled: "It seems like they are talking to the press pack, not voters."

Marc Ambinder over at the Atlantic got former McCain confidante John Weaver on the phone and Weaver unloaded on the ad. "There is legitimate mockery of a political campaign now, and it isn't at Obama's," said Weaver -- among other things. "For McCain's sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop."

None of the strategists the Fix spoke with predicted whether McCain's change in tone toward Obama ultimately will succeed.

Much depends on whether -- as the McCain campaign clearly believes -- the average voter sees the Arizona Senator as a credible messenger or not. If voters know and trust McCain, then the critiques he is launching against Obama could well find fertile soil. If, on the other hand, McCain is less of a known commodity with voters, his attacks could well rebound against him -- casting him as an angry politician trying to tear down a fresh face.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll --helpfully flagged by Post polling director Jon Cohen -- shows that McCain may be treading on dangerous ground. Four in ten voters said that McCain had been attacking Obama unfairly while just more than two in ten say that Obama has attacked McCain unfairly.

Those numbers outline the risk inherent in McCain's new strategy. But, in a political environment as toxic as this one for Republicans, a risky strategy may be the only strategy that could put McCain in the White House.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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Posted by: ламинат | August 12, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Obamas Scandal is Bigger than Edwards

The implication of the Edwards scandal is that, if ABC News’s top investigative reporter could take Edwards side, without any serious checking of the facts, then other candidates may be concealing scandals and hoping and planning to get away with it. That is certainly the case with Obama, who is far more of a media favorite than Edwards ever was and has, with the help of the influential Associated Press (AP), carefully concealed his relationship with an identified CPUSA member.

Obamas communist connection, which he failed to disclose in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, by referring to Davis only as Frank and ignoring his communist affiliation, is a far more serious scandal than an Edwards love child.

As I commented to Michael Savage on the Savage Nation radio program last week, this is the key to understanding Obama because Davis influence over him during his high-school years in Hawaii helps explain why he would later associate with terrorists, communists and socialists.

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/obamas-scandal-is-bigger-than-edwards/

Posted by: Volubrjotr | August 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

If the showgirl ad doesn't finish McCain and elect Obama, I don't know what will. Who doesn't believe that McCain envies greatly his opponent's celebrity status? Attacking him for his popularity is like attacking him for raising too much money! I've seen that used a lot, too, but when is the last time it got any traction at all? Most politicians don't get much beyond name recognition with their prospective voters. In that sense, all politicians are not much more than celebrities. It was the horrible stew over Bill Clinton's girlfriends that made him a celebrity and elected him President. Ask him what he thinks about celebrity status. Robot Dole proved that that the uncola just does not sell that well with our politically unversed electorate!

Posted by: Charles Bowman | August 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain a war hero? That's the lie that made McCain a celebrity. Leave aside that he crashed a plane after bombing innocent people in an illegal war (if you can), I thought you had to do something heroic to be a hero.

McCain spent time as a POW and made propaganda for the enemy. He was a survivor, someone who clung to his own life by doing and saying whatever he had to. Seems we should have a higher standard for heros.

Posted by: JP | August 4, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The key image? McCain and President Bush standing side by side while the words 'John McCain: Same Old Politics, Same Failed Policies' appear on screen."

Jeez, the Obama campaign is just now getting this up on the air? Oy vay. Still, better late than never. Now if they just can take that wonderful photo of Bush snuggling McCain to his breast, and blast it all over the airwaves, I think they can nail down this race once and for all.

Posted by: Peter Principle | August 3, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse


37th&OStreet was way out in front on this issue:

From today's Washington Post:


By Juliet Eilperin and Jonathan Weisman
Raising a politically-explosive issue for the first time this election, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) this morning of invoking the specter of race in order to bolster his electoral prospects.

The charge came in reaction to comments the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had made at three separate stops in Missouri Wednesday, where Obama suggested Republicans were trying to scare voters away from him.

"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis countered this morning with a terse but harsh statement: "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Arthur, lets keep the anti-woman crap to a minimum. People that are pro-choice are just that, pro-CHOICE. They ARE NOT pro-ABORTION. Nobody enjoys abortions.I also think it's a good idea to leave the word "soul" out of the debate. If it was popular opinion that an embryo had a soul I'm quite sure it would be illegal. And why does it always seem like it's the men that have the loudest voice about what a women should do with her body. I also find it interesting that republicans tend to be pro-life and pro-death penalty. What happened to the sanctity of life. I guess it's all in the timing huh Arthur.

Posted by: Cory Hines | August 3, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama has worldwide support. And, why not, anyway? He stands for nothing, except unyieldingly for abortion of voiceless souls. On all else, it's "Change," only no one knows when and where the changing stops. America is different from the rest of the world. Thank God for that. Our Declaration of Independence, this experiment in democracy, our comittment to liberty.

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY ON JANUARY 20, 1961

Posted by: Arthur | August 3, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a media creation from the beginning, and thus the celebrity, his ad's soundbite infestation, and his weathervane strategy.

McCain's ad is spot-on, not risky. Still, I'd like to see the tire-inflation/engine tune-up promise of matching new oil wells. Where are journalists to be found under President Obama? Right, under Obama, where they have always been.

Posted by: Arthur | August 3, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Like most of John McCain's campaign this ad was just stupid. In 2000 I was looking forward to voting for McCain. But since that brief period of insanity, I did some real research on his record. As a retired military person, I was suprised to find that he has supported less than 30% of bills in support of veterans. He was not in favor of the last GI Bill and did not even show up to vote. Yes this man who always "supports our brave men and women" would not even take the time to vote for the new GI Bill. In his entire time in the Senate, I could not find a veterans bill that he had authored. The man who was against the tax cuts before he was for them, who was against drilling before he was for it, and who voted to support a war against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and posed no serious threat to the US, produces an ad that I would expect to find in a hight school president's election. Not in a election year with job losses, high gas prices, problems in the housing and banking industries, the was in Iraq that has drained almost a trillion dollars from our economy (do you feel safer from those missiles/bombs that Saddam Hussien was going to shoot/target the US with?). The Straight Talk Express" has been derailed. If you are better off than you were 8 years ago, by all means vote Republican...if you are better off you must be one of the exceptionally rich. In 2008 John McCain has become Bush Lite...the ads are supposed to make one think about what kind of President Obama would make...but no one seems to ask what kind McCain would make. His action as A POW were heroic, but a few years after his release he became a member of the Senate. He has no more executive or leadership experience than OBama. As far as being treated as a celebrity, I seem to remember that McCain received the same type of treatment in 2000..he was the new kid on the block promising America what it wanted...change/reform. Now he stoops to using some of the same people from the Bush/Rove machine who trashed him to perpetrate the same type of silly campaign that was used against him. As in 2000, he appears to seeking the lowest common denominator instead of providing ads to tell us where and how he would lead the country...Besides war and drilling for more oil. I expected something a lot better from McCain...sign me...no mo McCain. Libeterian or OBama

Posted by: juanita | August 2, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

So being a hero exempts John McCain from standards of common decency? He can back-stab, lie, smear, and hero status provides him with a sense of entitlement -- he is above the laws and standards that apply to you and me.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

None of the party politics drivel matters, and the quicker we all realize it the better off we'll all be. I have felt for many election cycles that the one and only bumper sticker everyone should slap on their gas guzzler is" "VOTE YOUR BEST INTERESTS."

Now, if you believe that another 4 years of the crap we have had is in your best interests, then pull the GOP lever. But if you feel like you're way worse off then you were back in '04 (or '00 for that matter), then Pull Blue and don't look back.

What this position requires is that everyone actually pay attention to the facts of the campaign and not the media baloney about "horse races" and who said what to whom about whatever.

VOTE YOUR BEST INTERESTS.

Posted by: BocaMagic | August 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

And McCain rose up and slew his brother Able, because Able's sacrifice was acceptable to the Lord, but McCain's was unacceptable. And McCain was jealous of his brother Able. But Able had brought the lamb to sacrifice, whearas McCain had only brought his own works. He believed in his own integrity and thought he could earn God's favor, wheras Able knew that all was grace and gift. The Lord was not pleased with McCain's jealousy, nor his slanders, nor his plots, nor his companions...

Posted by: Bible Bill Aberhart | August 2, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, McCain did me a favor. He showed me that he would do anything to win and call it fun and harmless.

Posted by: Delores | August 1, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting how quickly the core messages of the two campaigns seem to have crystalized. It may already be irrelevant who either VP is.

Listening today to John McCain speak, I heard him say that his opponent gives a great speech but has no experience to prove that he can do what he says. I propose that everyone do exactly as John McCain has urged all Americans to do to . . ."Listen to Barack Obama speak."

That is a very fair suggestion. Then listen to John McCain. If and when he DOES tell you what he wants to DO as President, you can decide. Do you want to take a chance on someone who has great ideas but a slim resume or take a chance on someone who has experience but no actual new ideas? By the way, I'm not sure that longevity in Federal Government is such a great advertisement for a candidate--the longest-serving Repub. in the Senate hasn't impressed much with his wisdom--or his integrity.

There has been a lot of persiflage flying about of late masquerading as thought. A lot of "pox on both houses" kind of thing and while I realize that there are some who don't need to listen to be able to "know" what they think, I am actually pretty confident that if Americans do what McCain suggests and listen, most will discover that, contrary to all the invective they may have heard, the Senator is actually making a lot of sense. So, I urge everyone to take Senator McCain's advice.

Posted by: DCH | August 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I'd had the ambition for a long time."

2 points for guessing who said this. Hint....it's not Obama

Posted by: john | August 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I say let John McBush keep on with his childish tirade against Obama. It shows what a shallow person he is. His whining over Obama's not visiting the troops in Iraq was/is childish. McCain (not that it would help him) needs to focus on HIS campaign and not play Big Brother to his opponent's. Obama takes the high road. McCain just acts more and more like Bush--and we can NOT face four more years of that!

Posted by: Vampirella | August 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Both camps turn my stomach. You can't believe either one of them on anything. They promised a higher level of campaigning and what do we see?; negative attack ads that don't address the issues. It's a never ending cycle of stupidity and politics as usual.

Politics will never change and neither will the fools who participate in it!

Posted by: Capt. Howard | August 1, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

How absurd. Here is the privileged McCain, who only got into the Naval Academy because he was the son and grandson of powerful admirals then performed dismally, finishing near the bottom of his class (894th out of 899) using an ad with two celebrity air heads to suggest an absence of substance on the part of an opponent--an opponent who is a self-made man who, despite coming from a broken home, utilized hard work and a superior intellect to graduate Magna Cum Laude from this nation's most prestigious law school--Harvard, then went on to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago. (How refreshing it would be to have a president who has taught constitutional law as opposed to a regime that set out to destroy it).

The only thing dumber than this ad is the people who paid for it.

Posted by: cann4ing | August 1, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

When John McCain stoops to using Karl Rove's disciples as stratigists, it is a sad, sad day for him. When the people of the United States believe them AGAIN after 8 years of disaster, it is a sad day for "we, the people."

Posted by: CrazyMe | July 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, John, what a brilliant strategy! Connect up Obama in the redneck mind with two well-known promiscuous blonde bimbos (thereby dragging in the notion of miscegenation), and then deny any racist intent and accuse Obama of "playing the race card!" How to throw dreck at your opponent while seeming to keep your own hands clean.

Posted by: oldhonky | July 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

37th&OStreet was way out in front on this issue:

From today's Washington Post:


By Juliet Eilperin and Jonathan Weisman
Raising a politically-explosive issue for the first time this election, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) this morning of invoking the specter of race in order to bolster his electoral prospects.

The charge came in reaction to comments the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had made at three separate stops in Missouri Wednesday, where Obama suggested Republicans were trying to scare voters away from him.

"So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me," he told voters in Springfield. "You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis countered this morning with a terse but harsh statement: "Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | July 31, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It appears as if Mcain's message is simple. Vote for the guy that is Not the worst. How about focusing on what YOU are going to do Mr. Mcain. Anyone that thinks these Mcaine attack adds are "smart" like some jackass wrote on this blog on July 30th is so partisan they refuse to see the obvious. The "Maverick" just looks like the same old republican running the same old ugly smear campaign. People that love these adds(Sean Hannity) are voting for Mcain no matter what. However, many undecided voters are going to be turned off by this strategy.

Posted by: Cory Hines | July 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, the American consumer blindly eats up anything remotely celebrity related. To say Obama's celebrity is a bad thing is to go against American pop culture. Good luck with that, McCain campaign.

Posted by: ErrinF | July 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, what could be worse than having the entire world thinking you're great and praying that you will be president?

Posted by: opeluboy | July 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The celebration of Obama at home and abroad does not diminish his capacity for effective and decent leadership. Quite the contrary.

Posted by: FirstMouse | July 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is exactly right to be making an issue of Obama's lack of substance and lack of experience, and the Paris-Britney ad is finally bringing it home to people. It deserves to be an important discussion in this election.

Why? I recommend everyone watch Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West to remind themslves why.

http://obsessionthemovie.com/

Just because violence is down in Iraq (the surge having apparently worked) is not a reason for foreign policy to be less of an issue. Obama is demonstrably more likely to take America's enemies at their word. McCain understands that there are good people overseas who are being ruled by bad people, and they're all afraid of the fringe minority of jihadis, who threaten their way of life, and ours too.

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Posted by: Chad | July 31, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

To old white man democrat from WV, you are right on John McBush has adopted every policy of Geo.Bush's that he was against.Tax cut for the rich,staying in the war for years and offshore drilling.Now Exxon Mobile has posted a 12 billion dollar quarterly earnings, so lets give them more places to drill ,I don't think those people can live on so little.As far as comparing Obama to Paris Hilton , John McBush is funny he stands next to the older Paris Hilton. Cindy coming from a rich family,was known for party , how she met the married John McBush and boy is she blonde.I will take the YOUNG, INTELLENT and well LOVED guy from Illinois thank you.Old white women from Indiana. Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Thats a good one. Mccaun is again a POW. except this time he surrendered without a fight.

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Truth has been thrown under the Slime Talk Express and the decent guy image is now a POW of Karl Rove's acolytes.

Posted by: DavidE | July 31, 2008 1:08 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Every 4 years one must endure the mindless bleating of both political parties.

What do we have this year? An inexperienced black semi-radical vs an old white semi-radical.

All of you...just shut the hell up. We'll draw straws.

Posted by: PRH | July 31, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Truth has been thrown under the Slime Talk Express and the decent guy image is now a POW of Karl Rove's acolytes.

Posted by: DavidE | July 31, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Linking Paris and Britney to someone who's vocabulary includes words like "colloquy" and "Manichean" reflects more on the the source than the target.

Might rouse up the base a little, but otherwise the (doomed) attempt doesn't seem like something you'd spend much money on.

Anyone that can fill a 65,000 seat stadium for the acceptance speech is by definition a celebrity. We don't need the GOP to tell us that.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | July 31, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain the Straight-Talking Maverick has become McCain the Mudslinging Jackass.

Posted by: Johnny, Get Lost | July 31, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

john mccain should probably be respelled to john mc (limping with a) cane...

Posted by: Christopher Flynn | July 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line between Obama's vs.McCain's message is "appeal," and the lack thereof. Popularity=celebrity=votes. Desperate people do desperate things.

Posted by: AnaList | July 31, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Old White Man Democrat--your post reminds me of what may be the most salient point to consider in this election. Although campaigns need to be about ideas, the fact is, when voters step into the polling booth (at least, the undecided ones) they will, in all likelihood make their decisions based upon a gut feeling and I am betting that the predominant sentiment will be "what, they want us to give them 8 more years? They've got to be kidding." Rem acu tetegisti.

Posted by: DCH | July 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

We have ramped up our giving to Obama as we get closer to the election. He may hit 60 million this month.

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The Obama ad is much more effective than the McCain ad. He should run with it. As I watched Jim Lair last night I knew that McCain had crossed the line. The problem is even McCain does not believe these claims. I was thinking the time was now to accept McCain's offer for town hall debates. This ad is great. Obama should run it until election day. The Obama campaign can raise a 100 million in August if they send out an email asking to finance it to run on the Olympics.

Posted by: bradcpa | July 31, 2008 10:19 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

While I probably would not have voted for McCain in 2000 (had he beaten the Bush slime machine and won the Republican nomination), there was something about the "straight talk" McCain of 2000 that I could really admire. Any such admiration has long since evaporated . . .

Folks, IGNORE the issue of celebrity, one way of the other . . . Being a grumpy old man, I think "celebrity" is a crock. And I don't give a who-rang-diddly-damn if EITHER McCain or Obama deserves celebrity status National politics shouldn't devolve into segments on Entertainment Tonight. Think about the REAL issues. Ask yourself if you want the country to continue in the same direction as the last eight years. If so, vote for McCain. As for me, I'll take Obama, "celebrity" (or not!) warts and all.

Posted by: old white male democrat in WV | July 31, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The Obama ad is much more effective than the McCain ad. He should run with it. As I watched Jim Lair last night I knew that McCain had crossed the line. The problem is even McCain does not believe these claims. I was thinking the time was now to accept McCain's offer for town hall debates. This ad is great. Obama should run it until election day. The Obama campaign can raise a 100 million in August if they send out an email asking to finance it to run on the Olympics.

Posted by: bradcpa | July 31, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

He also offended the group who supports Obama as some kind of starry-eyed fools. That may play well to the Mccain hard cores, but it isn't what you say to someone you are trying to pull to your side. He actually attacks the electorate in the ad. It is not an anti Obama ad, it is an anti "Obama voter" ad. An ad like that just galvanizes the Obama base. Mccain may have the worst PR people in the business. You don't get people to vote for you by insulting them.
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McCain's ad with Paris and Brittany is just the most immature piece of work out of the McCain team. They need to get a grip! Obama '08!


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

McCain's ad with Paris and Brittany is just the most immature piece of work out of the McCain team. They need to get a grip! Obama '08!

Posted by: Terry | July 31, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the "My Friends" thing works anymore. He wants to sound like an old guy in suspenders giving advice from his years of wisdom and experience. But instead he comes off as just old with the sad "My friends" delivery followed by someone bitter who isn't just running against his opponent but hates him and can't understand why you don't hate him as much as he does.

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Over on www.youtube.com all of the ads on JohnMcCain.com all have 2 and a half stars. I don't think they get the tubes.

McCain is running a sad campaign. What is he for? My friends, my friends, he sounds like Eigor or Gollum. How depressing!

Posted by: Post American | July 31, 2008 7:43 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Over on www.youtube.com all of the ads on JohnMcCain.com all have 2 and a half stars. I don't think they get the tubes.

McCain is running a sad campaign. What is he for? My friends, my friends, he sounds like Eigor or Gollum. How depressing!

Posted by: Post American | July 31, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

You are right, it is amateur hour all the way. It is actually a pro Obama ad. It shows how loved he is and says you should love him to. The Obama ads on the other hand are very well crafted with a little negative, then almost subliminally switch quickly to show a contrast of the candidates and why you should support Obama.

If this is the kind of stuff Mccain is producing at this point in the campaign I don't think we can expect to much better in the future. Whoever is doing this stuff could just as well be working for Obama. I am not even sure if they know who their audience is.

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My immediate reaction (already noted earlier) to this ad was, this wasn't just risky, it truly was insane. If there is a silver lining, it is that this could NOT have been the work of Karl Rove, who, although deserving of the Lee Atwater Prize for dirtiest political strategist, would NEVER allow his opponent to appear for so long on camera being cheered by adoring crowds! Obama and his team realized early on that TV is about images, not words and while they need to have a message and clearly stated policy goals, ads for TV are about reinforcing the message that has already been articulated. McCain's ad reinforces the notion that Obama is on a roll--gee, even Brittney and Paris are on board--by the way, I wonder (assuming the two of them even know) if these young ladies gave permission for their images to be used--or care?

Posted by: DCH | July 31, 2008 7:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

My immediate reaction (already noted earlier) to this ad was, this wasn't just risky, it truly was insane. If there is a silver lining, it is that this could NOT have been the work of Karl Rove, who, although deserving of the Lee Atwater Prize for dirtiest political strategist, would NEVER allow his opponent to appear for so long on camera being cheered by adoring crowds! Obama and his team realized early on that TV is about images, not words and while they need to have a message and clearly stated policy goals, ads for TV are about reinforcing the message that has already been articulated. McCain's ad reinforces the notion that Obama is on a roll--gee, even Brittney and Paris are on board--by the way, I wonder (assuming the two of them even know) if these young ladies gave permission for their images to be used--or care?

Posted by: DCH | July 31, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

What does it say about a campaign when it has to post attack ads this early in the season?

It says "Desperate."

It looks like McCain doesn't think he can win on issues, doesn't it?

Posted by: drossless | July 31, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Read This | July 31, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Mccain may be in the minds of the public identifying Obama as the winner

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

No doubt celeb seals the deal
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In case Mccain hasn't noticed celebrity isn't a bad thing. Ask Arnold, Sonny, Clint, Jesse, Even Gopher from Love boat won. It's good to be a celeb.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

In case Mccain hasn't noticed celebrity isn't a bad thing. Ask Arnold, Sonny, Clint, Jesse, Even Gopher from Love boat won. It's good to be a celeb.


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So, I saw this ad tonight. Having followed politics for the past 20 years and remembering ads from Bush I, Clinton, Dole, Bush II, Gore, and Kerry, as well as a slew of ads for various state and congressional offices from both parties from a number of states, I have to say that this McCain ad wins the dubious bipartisan prize of being the stupidest political ad I have ever seen.

All politicians, whether they like it or not, are celebrities in a way. To waste money pointing this out in a campaign ad when you could be talking about real issues (*gasp*) and real plans to help America (*double gasp!*) is monumentally stupid.

But beyond that, the producer/director did a real disservice to McCain by spending a large majority of the ad showing Barack Obama speaking to a large crowd of people inspired by his message and his plans to repair what the Bush administration has smashed to bits. As one commenter already noted, when watching TV, people remember visuals, not words. Does the McCain campaign really want the viewing public to remember Obama as the guy who draws in large crowds, whereas their guy can't even inspire his base? Talk about an ad man or woman who should be fired immediately. Yikes.

Now, would someone please tell these Rovian hacks to cut the nonsense and return us to a campaign about how to actually solve the real issues and problems that face everyday Americans?

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Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 30, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

So, I saw this ad tonight. Having followed politics for the past 20 years and remembering ads from Bush I, Clinton, Dole, Bush II, Gore, and Kerry, as well as a slew of ads for various state and congressional offices from both parties from a number of states, I have to say that this McCain ad wins the dubious bipartisan prize of being the stupidest political ad I have ever seen.

All politicians, whether they like it or not, are celebrities in a way. To waste money pointing this out in a campaign ad when you could be talking about real issues (*gasp*) and real plans to help America (*double gasp!*) is monumentally stupid.

But beyond that, the producer/director did a real disservice to McCain by spending a large majority of the ad showing Barack Obama speaking to a large crowd of people inspired by his message and his plans to repair what the Bush administration has smashed to bits. As one commenter already noted, when watching TV, people remember visuals, not words. Does the McCain campaign really want the viewing public to remember Obama as the guy who draws in large crowds, whereas their guy can't even inspire his base? Talk about an ad man or woman who should be fired immediately. Yikes.

Now, would someone please tell these Rovian hacks to cut the nonsense and return us to a campaign about how to actually solve the real issues and problems that face everyday Americans?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Mccain lost his argument in the middle east, he doesn't have any new idea's or policies, he wants to pollute our waters with oil spills, and he wants to keep us at war indefinately. Mccain is definately a huge risk

Posted by: Terry | July 30, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is a risk period. Mccain and his campaign is a mess. Instead of getting their campaign together they put childish ads whether there true or not desperate for traction. Mccain isn't running against Obama, he's running against himself.

Posted by: Gloria | July 30, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

why would I want 90 tons of drilling fluid and metal cuttings in my coastal waters for a resource that we know is finite when technology is available to harness energy from solar, wind, and wave power? All of which are as permanent as we are.

John McCain has become silly. So deep into the pockets of the Oil industry that he can't save his own campaign.

In all the years that John McCain has been
Senator and Congressman I've never once heard him speak of alternative energy sources. Not during California's energy crisis, and not now. Drilling for the same finite resource is not a cure it is just medicine.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | July 30, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

A sizable segment of the voting population does not rely on the Post or other major media outlets for their news. McCain's campaign is smart. It reflects what you can find when you do a search "No Obama" on Youtube and find "about 18,800", while "No McCain" gets you "about 3,970". The campaign is relying on its wits not on presumption, assumption, or celebrity thinking. It reflects national polls as summarized by realpolitics.com.

Chris, why doesn't your column reflect the views of the internet groups as well as talking heads and politicos who are only talking out of the side of their mouths when it comes to prediction?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, Mccain needs more cow bell.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

My children have survived into their third decade and incipient productivity as good citizens. I see many parallels. Senator McCain is now combining adolescent wit with the Terrible Twos. What's next? God hopes it's not Alzheimer rage.

Posted by: Publius | July 30, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

If McCain doesn't watch it, he's going to be remembered as an American Loser, not an American Hero (if Mr. Keating Five/Bush Enabler/Phony Conservative-Maverick ever was one)

Posted by: homerj | July 30, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess Mccain longs for the good old days when people burned our flag instead of waving it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Cindy may have given them the number of her supplier.

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What is the McCain camp smoking? They don't remember from the Reagan years that strong visuals outweigh negative voiceover? If you just look at the pictures, the "story" is that there are huge crowds absolutely clamoring for Obama, while celebs show up at his events (that's what it looks like). And then it cuts to McCain just by himself looking lonely. So lonely that you want to give the man a dog.

Oh wait, what was I thinking. This is the same campaign whose most memorable visuals are the green backdrop, the action shot of McCain in a golf cart with Bush Sr. (opposite Obama playing basketball with the troops), the German restaurant, and the cheese aisle. I can't believe McCain is actually paying his own people to do this to him. This has got to be malpractice.

Posted by: YHW | July 30, 2008 9:02 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

What is the McCain camp smoking? They don't remember from the Reagan years that strong visuals outweigh negative voiceover? If you just look at the pictures, the "story" is that there are huge crowds absolutely clamoring for Obama, while celebs show up at his events (that's what it looks like). And then it cuts to McCain just by himself looking lonely. So lonely that you want to give the man a dog.

Oh wait, what was I thinking. This is the same campaign whose most memorable visuals are the green backdrop, the action shot of McCain in a golf cart with Bush Sr. (opposite Obama playing basketball with the troops), the German restaurant, and the cheese aisle. I can't believe McCain is actually paying his own people to do this to him. This has got to be malpractice.

Posted by: YHW | July 30, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Mccain would be proud of you, you are his kind of people, a bigot.

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It's about time McCain is stricking back at the sleazy Obamanistas who have been using every low cheap-shot to try to destroy him on a professional and a personal level. They are whinning now because their guy is starting to get what they themselves have been dishing out since they nominated this racist white and America--hater of 20 years. Liberals love to dish it out but they can't take it.

Posted by: tic | July 30, 2008 8:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for the McCain campaign. They seem to half adequacy and self-esteem issues.

Posted by: WTF | July 30, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

It's about time McCain is stricking back at the sleazy Obamanistas who have been using every low cheap-shot to try to destroy him on a professional and a personal level. They are whinning now because their guy is starting to get what they themselves have been dishing out since they nominated this racist white and America--hater of 20 years. Liberals love to dish it out but they can't take it.

Posted by: tic | July 30, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Mccain making reference to blacks in the military some years back said they were good for finding land mines. His hate for Obama is so obvious he most certainly a bigot and the idea of losing to a black man must drive him beyond control, we are seeing it now. We need a few of his old buddies who have no use for him to come out and tell stories about the real Mccain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign response ad is so much more dignified than the McCain attack ad. Do the McCain people really think Americans will equate Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? McCain doesn't look much like a hero to me - more like a sleazy schmuck.

Posted by: Chuck | July 30, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend that has taken to calling the Senator from Arizona, "Crazy Eyes McCain," and I would say that the desperation with which they have launched these wildly inaccurate ads seem to prove the crazy part.

I think that Obama has been remarkedly restrained so far with his counter ads which should have pointed out that, McCain has voted NO on increased funding for the Veteran's Administration, and GI Bill, and that after 24 years in Office neither he nor Congress (even with Majorities in the Mid-90's and for the first 6 years of the Bush regime) has done squat to develope alternative energy sources that would prevented the current oil crisis in which we find ourselves.

Obama should also point out that contrary to McCain's feigned concern for the average American, that he voted NO on raising the minimun wage, and at least initally until it became Political expediant to support it, he was opposed to helping Homeowners caught up in the current mortgage crisis.

McCain's campaign continues to up the supposed shortfall that Obama's economic plans would accrue without mentioning how McCain would pay for HIS highly expensive programs of tax cuts and corporate sops (BTW, cutting earmarks would be a drop in the bucket toward covering McCain's huge budget shortfall.)

Posted by: radical_moderate | July 30, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Jorge in Chicago I bet you have not had the misfortune to try and file race discrimination charges in Illinois yet. Obama is change that believes in currently denying only certain Americans that right.

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 7:41 PM

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 8:11 PM

Lets just say they are askingg Alaska's Rep. Senator to step down right now for less.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

7,925 gallons of uranium solution spilled at a factory at the Tricastin nuclear site in France. Let us time travel back to Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, or the Incident back in 2002 in Ohio. This is not a good record. Proponents of Nuclear Power like to claim that with modern advances it is very safe to expand its use. Well, two of the four incidents I mentioned both occurred with modern advances in technology. There is no guarantee that even with new technology another Chernobyl would not happen here in the USA. What we do not realize is the fact that even with all the technology in the world Human Error is always a factor. Building more Nuclear Plants is not an answer to the price at the pump. It is not a Renewable Resource. So the price will increase as Uranium becomes scarce. There is the waste issue and potential devastating accident factor, which make it a very unstable source of power with multiple thousand-year storage costs. A lot of people are unaware that some of the same energy companies that deal in oil and gas also deal in Nuclear Power Plants. Solar energy is permanent or renewable, cheap, and can be installed on an individual basis. That is why large energy companies are not in any rush to push that form of energy. We could all be independent of an electric bill if solar technology is funded with the money that would have gone to Nuclear power plant development. But that would leave the electric companies out of business. If we put dollars into producing affordable solar panels or nano-solar technology we could allow each individual citizen the ability to produce their own energy and use as much of it as they wish with no reliance upon any outside monopoly. The proponents of Nuclear are either greedy or blind to the potential in other much safer forms of energy.

For all the money we would spend on clean coal or nuclear energy we could develop actual solutions like the multiple renewable forms of energy. The estimated amount of coal in the US is about 250 years. That number was tallied before anyone ever mentioned using coal reserves for gasoline. We use coal mainly for electricity. The use of coal for gasoline would drive up the cost of coal and possible cut the supply for electric use by half. This is not a solution. Instead it is creating a slow moving blood clot that will eventually reach the brain and end in stroke. Nuclear power is not any better. It is another non-renewable energy. Uranium supplies are estimated at around 150 years. The cost will continue to rise just as with coal or oil. Therefore nuclear is not a real solution either. You might ask, "What are the solutions," there have been so many renewable sources of energy. Many are very creative. Like the use of Ocean currents, Ocean wave movement, Tidal movement, Wind, Solar, Biochemical technology and other Biological Engineering concepts show promise or are already in development and production. That is where our money should go. But the real solutions free individuals from being attached to large energy companies. Oh, that is just awful, for them, but liberating for us. Imagine a source of energy that will never go up in price due to the fact that it is renewable. I already have, can you?

Posted by: John David Prince | July 30, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, A CAMPAIGN OF HATE vs. OBAMA A CAMPAIGN OF HOPE

THE CHOICE IS EASY OBAMA "08"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The recent API (American Petroleum Institute) advertising campaign has stated that the USA has enough energy supplies to last for 60 years. That sounds great, at first. This lame public relations operation is slick deception. This deceptions goal is the subversion of resources that hold a greater value than any oil or gas. The food supply that is generated by coastal areas is worth more than 60 odd years of energy. The tourism aspect of coastal areas is worth more than the energy and food supply combined. I ask, is it worth jeopardizing the purity of the coastal areas for a small supply of oil? Consider the way energy is being consumed. Consider the rate of demand and the continuing rise of price. Even if we have 60 years of supply in the US, within 30 years the price will still be sky high due to peak energy supplies and growing international demand. Oil or energy is traded internationally. We would have to have Congress pass legislation for all oil to remain within the boarder of the USA. People seem to forget this and API never mentions it in their advertisements. They only want to shape our opinion so that they can skirt environmental protections, which in reality protect local economic foundations like fishing and tourism. The American Petroleum Institute should tell their viewers that even if they had access to drill where they wished, there would not be any immediate relief in price at the pump for years. People seem to think that there would be an immediate relief if we open up Alaska's ANWAR. This is not the reality. People do not realize that even if Iraq were at full production, plus OPEC increases in output, and an increase in Alaska's oil drilling the price on the world market would not move below 100 dollars per barrel. Why? Geo-Political Factors, the Value of the Dollar, Future increase in Demand, and Peak Oil Realities. With 60 years of domestic oil and natural gas there will still be outlandish prices for which consumers will have to deal with. Oil is a dead end energy source. The only way to free ourselves from foreign oil is to free ourselves from oil entirely. We must investigate if the energy companies have shelved renewable energy patents. We must investigate energy that is renewable, cheap, clean, and put it in the hands of all who require it. There is too much to loose if people can be energy independent, especially if the new technologies allow people to be independent of large energy corporations. Solar, wind, geo-thermal, bio-chemical and many other alternative forms of energy would allow people a freedom from the tyranny of submission to Big Energy. That may be the underlying reason why there are so many who wish to delay energy liberation for as long as possible. If I had invested trillions in oil infrastructure I would want to milk it for all it was worth, it is the bottom line that drives all motivation by any business. Why should it be any different for API and the bottom line they represent?

Posted by: John David Prince | July 30, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Jorge in Chicago I bet you have not had the misfortune to try and file race discrimination charges in Illinois yet. Obama is change that believes in currently denying only certain Americans that right.

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 7:41 PM

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 8:11 PM

Lets just say they are askingg Alaska's Rep. Senator to step down right now for less.

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 8:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain and other Republicans have stated that victory in Iraq would be a stable Iraq. That is like asking for peace between Israel and Palestine. The Middle East is always going to be a hot bed of conflict due to its Religious Fundamentalism. Should we invade Palestine or Lebanon because they have unstable governments? No. If we used the conservative logic for Iraq we should invade nations all over the world who have unstable governments. Why then are do we have troops still in nations that have stable governments? If unstable v. stable is the qualification for a military presence we should pull out of the hundreds of bases around the world. We should have pulled out the military after Iraq held their first vote. There is no logical reason to keep 130,000 plus soldiers in Iraq. They have their sovereignty, a police force and an elected Theocratic government. What more is there to win in Iraq? McCain and other Republicans would have us believe that the front on the war on terror is still in Iraq. President Bush has stated that Saddam and Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11th, 2001. Terrorist Insurgents did not arrive in Iraq until after we removed Saddam from power. The front in the fight on terror is in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and many other places including Saudi Arabia. There is still violence in Iraq even though some claim the surge was a success. The success is that the terrorists have moved to other areas. Just as in Vietnam and the Tet Offensive, Iraq will see a rise in sectarian violence before we can say mission accomplished. We could remain there for 2,000 years and there will always be some excuse for keeping troops there. That is the surge has succeeded in making Afghanistan and Pakistan the terrorist focus. The war in Iraq was built on faulty reasoning, lies, deception, manipulation, and greed. What greed? War profiteering from no-bid contracts via the privatization of much of the conflict. Oil and the price of oil are another fringe benefit of destabilization of the Middle East. Staying in Iraq will keep the price inflated due to the geopolitical risk factor. How would someone influence the price of oil on the world market? Destabilize the supply side. Iraq has added to devaluing not only the value of the dollar due to debt, but it has also added to the speculator influenced increase in oil price thanks to our blunder. From a political and policy aspect Iraq is a failure. But is could be considered a success for those who wished for oil to increase in price. Even tough talk about Iran can raise the price of oil. It should not be a big secret that any action in the Middle East can affect oil. Sadly many Americans do not realize this fact. I ask you, is all the tough talk on Iran and the war in Iraq more than just a national security aspect? Is it all a sly market manipulation? I think we would be naive to think otherwise. What if the oil is not the focus and instead the real focus has been the price of oil? I would like to ask McCain and other Republicans if they moved a major amount of money to oil futures or energy sector stock, before or right after the invasion of Iraq? We should have an investigation into market activity and policy activity? The American people deserve it.

Posted by: John David Prince | July 30, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, I hope it does not bread Evil?

Posted by: Moniker | July 30, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Blaming Environmentalists or Democrats for the price of oil is off base. Why? First G. W. Bush has destabilized the M. East with his foreign policy. Second, Republican war spending, massive national debt, market deregulation, and corporate scandal has devalued the Dollar beyond recognition. Demand for oil has risen faster than the supply of oil even with North Dakota and Alaska included in the supply figures. India, China and the other rapidly developing nations are adding to the demand for oil, including US and European thirst for petrol. We are in an Energy crunch combined with the poor management of government which has been under Republican control for the past 20 too 25 years. (Republicans were in control of Congress during Clinton, while they had massive control during 6 of G.W. Bush's two terms, there was Regan, and there was also Bush Senior's term of influence) While the Democrats have won back control of the Congress it is only with a slim majority. This slim majority is not enough to end filibusters, or over ride a Party backed Presidential Veto. As well the Republicans have used the filibuster more in the past 2 years than the entire 10 years prior combined. Blaming Democrats for the price of oil is the art of deception. Blaming Environmentalists as the reason why oil is so expensive is the art of denial of the past and the reality of how oil comes to market. Oil has to be bought or traded on the commodities exchange, which is an International Market. This concept that Domestic oil will go from well to pump is not factual. We would have to alter the way oil comes to market through legislation in order for all Domestic oil to remain within the US. I never hear pundits talk about ending the export of US oil to foreign nations. If we stooped exporting oil from the US, as we are doing this very moment we could become more oil independent. But that will not happen due to the fact that all oil, even US oil goes on the World Market. Blaming Environmentalists is a weak argument when you realize how energy is traded or distributed; and what Geo-Political, Demand, or Currency factors have on the overall price of oil. Even if we drill in Alaska, North Dakota, and the Gulf of Mexico we would only extend the supply by a marginal amount. It would not be enough to offset the rise in demand and exponential, future population growth. Placing oil aside, is the value of the Caribbean worth as much as any potential oil? Is the purity of nature worth more than temporary energy supply? We should be able to answer those questions for ourselves. We should be intelligent enough to realize that oil is no longer the answer to energy needs. We should work with due diligence towards sustainable domestic energy supply, thus removing our nation from limited, nonrenewable, dirty, and costly oil. Oh, by the way, Nuclear Energy is not a renewable form of Energy, even with Uranium Reprocessing Methods. Therefore it is not an alternative with potential, even though it has no atmospheric emissions, it does have waste that is active for ten's of thousands of years. Will you store that waste in your back yard in order to save a few bucks on energy?

Posted by: John David Prince | July 30, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Regan spoke about America as a "Beacon to the World." John F. Kennedy first touched upon this "Beacon" to the world. The Beacon has faded in the mist of Blind Nationalism, an Americanism with venomous attitudes, fermented by some in order to reap the reward of power. It is good to be a "Beacon" if you have any light to shine. We have walked away from this "Beacon," leaving International Treaties, International Law, Due Process, Privacy, The Right of Redress of Grievances, and the Separation of Powers behind. We have taken on the act of Torture as the art of quality interrogation, while claiming that we are a moral, upstanding, modern, and civil nation. The critics of our walk from civilized Law, are most likely called, Anti-American or Un-Patriotic. Sometimes opposition or questioning of government policy is referred to with a reply of. "Well, you must Hate America." This is Blind Nationalism, Americanism gone wrong, it is the dismantling of free speech, expression, and protest, our freedom of conscience of mind. It was employed prior to Iraq version 2, during, and is still ongoing. In 1950 Republican Senator, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine argued against Joseph McCarthy who was eventually, Censured.
"Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism," "are all too frequently those who ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism, the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought." This is not the Republican Party of today. The Republican Party has been drunk on the poisonous nectar of the Neo-Conservative influence since Regan. The politics of the past are now tepid, innocent, even quaint, (Gonzales and the Bush Administration think quaint is a legal term). Modern, Neo-Conservative Republican politics is brazen in its use of Bad Nationalism, with the intent to divide and conquer. We now hear Americans referring to fellow Americans as "Great Americans," this would by inference or innuendo a way of saying that there are "Bad Americans," or ungrateful Anti-Americans. We are no longer a "Beacon to the World," when Blind Nationalism breaks out, a rash on the principles of Liberty, our Liberty of Mind, Thought, Speech, and Expression are encroached upon by the very classification of fellow Americans as being Anti-American. Anti-American or Un-American is the purposeful labeling of Citizens as Not Being American. And what do Non-Americans not have? Rights! This is the Tool of the Thought Implantation of Supremacist Blind Nationalism or Super Americanism. It is unproductive, unethical, and immoral for the health of a Civil and Just Democratic Society. Though it is very productive for those who seek quick power, sustainable power, or control over the minds of the people who elect them. We have lost the respect of the Civilized World, by walking away from Civility. Civility of politics, Law, Rights, and the treatment of prisoners not yet convicted or proven guilty of a crime, is no longer something we can claim that separates the US from the other despotic nations we fear. At least 150 other nations have used Torture and I would not like to see this level stay at 151, while the US considers any interrogation method that does not kill the Person or damage their organs, as moral, ethical, and legal. For conservative Christians, I would mention something Biblical. One cannot beat, stop, or fight the Devil, while acting like the Devil. Can Evil defeat Evil or does it only bread Evil?

Posted by: John David Prince | July 30, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Jorge in Chicago I bet you have not had the misfortune to try and file race discrimination charges in Illinois yet. Obama is change that believes in currently denying only certain Americans that right.

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 7:41 PM

Posted by: | July 30, 2008 8:11 PM

Lets just say they are askingg Alaska's Rep. Senator to step down right now for less.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

FACT SHEET: Unremarkable Military record of John Sidney McCain III
Both McCain III's father and grandfather were Admirals in the United States Navy. His father
Admiral John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe - later commander of
American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. His grandfather
John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
McCain III, like his father and grandfather, also attended the United States Naval Academy.
McCain III finished near the bottom of his graduating class in 1958.

McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft
1 - Student pilot McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus
Christi Bay while practicing landings.
2 - Pilot McCain III lost another plane two years later while he was deployed in the
Mediterranean. "Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines
which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the
son of an admiral.
3 - Pilot McCain III lost number three in 1965 when he was returning from flying a Navy
trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. McCain III radioed, "I've got
a flameout" and ejected at one thousand feet. The plane crashed to the ground and
McCain III floated to a deserted beach.
4 - Combat pilot McCain III lost his fourth on July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to
the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk combat pilot. While waiting his turn for takeoff, an
accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain Jr's. plane. He escaped from the burning
aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft,
and threatened to sink the ship.
5 - Combat pilot McCain III lost a fifth plane three months later (Oct. 26, 1967) during his
23rd mission over North Vietnam when he failed to avoid a surface-to-air missile. McCain
III ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently
parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi. After being pulled from the lake by the North
Vietnamese, McCain III was bayoneted in his left foot and shoulder and struck by a rifle
butt. He was then transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

1973 New York Daily News labeled POW McCain III a "PW Songbird"
On McCain III's fourth day of being denied medical treatment, slapped, and threatened with
death by the communist (they were demanding military information in exchange for medical
treatment), McCain III broke and told his interrogator, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you
will take me to the hospital." U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former
POW John McCain.
It was then that the communist learned that McCain III's father was Admiral John S. McCain,
the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific. The Vietnamese rushed McCain III to
Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable
for U.S. POWs.
By Nov. 9, 1967 (U.S. government documents) Hanoi press was quoting McCain III describing
his mission including the number of aircraft in his flight, information about rescue ships, and the
order of which U.S. attacks would take place.
While in still in North Vietnam's military hospital, McCain III gave an interview to prominent
French television reporter Francois Chalais for a series titled Life in Hanoi. Chalais' interview with
McCain III was aired in Europe.
Vietnamese doctors operated on McCain's Leg in early December, 1967.
Six weeks after he was shot down, McCain was taken from the hospital and delivered to a
U.S. POW camp,
In May of 1968, McCain III allowed himself to be interviewed by two North Vietnamese
generals at separate times." May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain
In August 1968, other POWs learned for the first time that John McCain III had been taken
prisoner.
On June 5, 1969, the New York Daily News reported in a article headlined Reds Say PW
Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral, " . . . Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of
United States Commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having
bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since
being taken prisoner . . ." The Washington Post explained McCain III's broadcast: "The English-
Language broadcast beamed at South Vietnam was one of a series using American prisoners. It
was in response to a plea by Defense Secretary Melvin S. Laird, May 19, that North Vietnam treat
prisoners according to the humanitarian standards set forth by the Geneva Convention."
In 1970, McCain III agreed to an interview with Dr. Fernando Barral, a Spanish psychiatrist
who was living in Cuba at the time.
The meeting between Barral and McCain III (which was photographed by the Vietnamese)
took place away from the prison at the office of the Committee for Foreign Cultural Relations in
Hanoi (declassified government document). During the meeting, POW McCain sipped coffee and
ate oranges and cakes with the Cuban.
While talking with Barral, McCain III further seriously violated the military Code of Conduct by
failing to evade answering questions "to the utmost of his ability" when he, according government
documents, helped Barral by answering questions in Spanish, a language McCain had learned in
school. The interview was published in the in January 1970.

McCain III was released from North Vietnam March 15, 1973
In 1993, during one of his many trips back to Hanoi, McCain asked the Vietnamese not to
make public any records they hold pertaining to returned U.S. POWs. McCain III claims, that
while a POW, he tried to kill himself.

McCain III was awarded "medals for valor" equal to nearly a medal-and-a-half for each
hour he spent in combat
For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded
McCain III, the son of famous admirals, a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished
Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a
dozen service medals.
"McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat," explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former
chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs -- the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam
since the 1973 fall of Saigon.
"Since McCain got 28 medals," Bell continued, "that equals to about a medal-and-a-half for
each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more
than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I'm sure
a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how
many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down."
For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and
biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed
to gloss over his failures as a pilot and his collaborations with the enemy to become America's
POW-hero presidential candidate.
For more information: www.againstmccain.com www.usveterandispatch.com

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Jorge in Chicago I bet you have not had the misfortune to try and file race discrimination charges in Illinois yet. Obama is change that believes in currently denying only certain Americans that right.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

If you don't want the old politics, vote out the old politicians.

Posted by: JAB | July 30, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


THE REAL JOHN MCCAIN

People don't change, Since they were married he has just lived off his wife like he did his family when he was young. Even his political career was bought for him. He has "NEVER" in his life personally created, built, or accomplished anything on his own. If he had been born into the circumstances of Obama he would have just lived a life on welfare and died of drugs and alcohol. Hell, he has already spent most of his life as an alcoholic as it is. Please, tell me what business he has built or anything he has ever accomplished on his own? Even with no responsibilities, no pressures and everything being paid for, the best he could do in school was to finish 896 out of a class of 899. My God, you can;t want this man for your president. Wake up. he wasn't even smart enough to raise the money to run for president with out his wife giving him an allowance. Jesus H Christ, step back and look at this man you want to vote for, is there something wrong with you people.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This thing could back fire on McCain. I wish it would, because all McCain is doing is talking about Obama. He need to find himself a rocker and sit down. He is getting on my last nerve.

Posted by: mary | July 30, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Still waiting

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

For years, the mainstream news media has refused to stop idolizing the so-called straight talking maverick John McCain long enough to question the mental health consequences of the years he spent as a "special" prisoner of the communists in North Vietnam.

McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate for President, who could one day have his finger on the "red button," claims the communists subjected him to 5 ½ years of nonstop indoctrination sessions so intense that he attempted suicide.

Unfortunately for McCain, after his bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire near Hanoi on October 26, 1967, he parachuted into the hands of an evil communist enemy who 7 years earlier had adopted Soviet methods of prisoner interrogation.

At that time, the Soviets were perfecting techniques designed "to put a man's mind into a fog so that he will mistake what is true for what is untrue, what is right for what is wrong, and come to believe what did not happen actually had happened."

Psychiatric Journals are flush with reports concluding that former POWs may remain entangled in "harsh psychological battles" with themselves for decades after returning home including difficulty in controlling intense emotions such as anger and stress.

In political circles, McCain, sometimes referred to as "insane McCain," is well known for having a "volcanic" temper which his colleagues say often erupts into vulgar language and personal insults.

Democrat Paul Johnson, the former mayor of Phoenix, experienced McCain's in your face temperament up close. "His volatility borders in the area of being unstable," Johnson said. "Before I let this guy put his finger on the button, I would have to give considerable pause."

The Journal of America Medicine reported in an 1996 article that being a former POW is associated with "increased cumulative incidence rates of chronic disorders of the peripheral nervous system, joints, and back and an increased hazard rate of peptic ulcer."

The 71 year-old McCain most certainly suffers pain and the weakening effects of chronic arthritis. He broke both arms when he was forced to eject after his bomber was hit. He says the Vietnamese periodically re-fractured his bones during years of interrogation and torture which rendered him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

McCain has never been publicly vetted about what and how much medications he is taking. Aside from his anger and arthritic pain issues, McCain has had reoccurring bouts of malignant melanoma, a deadly form of cancer that can spread quickly throughout the body.

These facts alone beg the question on how a President McCain, in the absence of his campaign staff handlers, would deal with a snap decision that had to be made "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

McCain's POW experience is unique. His communist captors considered him the "crown prince" of U.S. POWs because his father, Adm. John McCain, was commander of all U.S. forces fighting in Vietnam. Because the communists believed he was from a "royal family" and would when finally released return to the United States to an important military or government job, they held him for two years in "solitary confinement."

In February, Reuters news reported that McCain's former captors are expressing delight in the news of his nomination as Republican party Presidential candidate. "In the past Senator McCain has conducted activities that had a positive impact in bringing the two nations [Vietnam/United States] closer. That is a point that Vietnamese people who follow the current affairs do recognize," said retired North Vietnamese Colonel Nguyen Van Phuong, representing retired and present members of the Vietnamese communist military.

Since McCain was first elected to Congress 1982 (and later to the Senate), he and his staff have expended tens of thousands of hours pushing U.S. legislation favoring communist Vietnam. In 1995, McCain stood with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. to give President Bill Clinton valuable political cover he needed to disregard the issue of missing U.S. POWs in Vietnam and remove the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam.

No U.S. POW had any communication with McCain or knew where he was being held during at least 8 to 12 months of McCain's first two years of captivity. He has either been unable or unwilling to account for the months he was missing from the POW system.

Within days of McCain's shoot down and after being told the identity of his famous father, the Vietnamese rushed him to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable to treat U.S. POWs. McCain was kept at Gai Lam for six weeks under the control of Soviet medical specialist anxious to test the use of their "mind and behavior modification" drugs on such an important prisoner.

McCain said the communists were so effective with their interrogation techniques that he broke on the fourth day after being captured and began cooperating. "Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Pages 193-194, Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain.

U.S. intelligence agents concluded in the early 1950s that Soviet intelligence (KGB) agents were experimenting on their prisoners with "mind control" techniques and behavior modification drugs

Allen W. Dulles, the newly confirmed CIA director acknowledged the dilemma in April 1953, when he told a gathering of Princeton alumni that "a sinister battle for men's minds" was underway. The Soviets, Dulles explained "have developed brain perversion techniques, some of which are so subtle and so abhorrent to our way of life that we have recoiled from facing up to them."

During the Cold War, the Soviets and the CIA began competing with secret experiments on prisoners aimed at honing the use of "chemical and biological materials capable of producing human behavioral and physiological changes." The experiments included isolation, sleep deprivation, humiliation, alternating with long hours of interrogation.

Since the Russians and Chinese (and our own CIA) have proven they can in a relative short time alter the basic emotional and behavior patterns of captives, it is fair to assume that McCain's unpredictable and often volatile temperament is directly related to his treatment as a 5 ½ prisoner of the communists.

The American public was first exposed to Soviet "brain perversion techniques" during Korean War when the communists launched a propaganda offensive featuring filmed and recorded testimony of captured U.S. servicemen confessing to war crimes including the use of germ warfare.

By the end of the Korean War, "70 percent of the 7,190 U.S. prisoners held in China had either made confessions or signed petitions calling for an end to the American war effort in Asia. Fifteen percent collaborated fully with the Chinese, and only 5 percent steadfastly resisted."

Military officials were especially alarmed when a significant number of the U.S. prisoners refused to recant their confessions as soon as they returned to the United States.

Beginning in 1960, KGB and Chinese agents directed the Vietnamese in establishing Vietnam's original interrogation guidelines for U.S. prisoners. They suggested interrogation techniques and issued specific intelligence requirements to be extracted during prisoner interrogations.

Official American position on POW confessions was that they were false and forced while privately expressing grave concern that the collaborations proved the communists had developed techniques that could "put a man's mind into a fog."

Psychologist have identified behavior in which a former prisoner emotionally bonds with an abuser as the Stockholm Syndrome. McCain was a strong advocate for prosecuting Bosnian, Yugoslavian and Iraqi war criminals and is adamantly opposed to any form of normalized relation with Cuba until it allows "free elections, human right organizations and a free and independent media."

Yet, McCain has resisted any kind of war crimes investigation of his former Vietnamese torturers. Prosecution and subsequent trials could bring to justice the Vietnamese torturers known by the American POWs as the Bug, Slopehead, the Prick, the Soft Soap Fairy, Rabbit, the Cat, Zorba and many others who were responsible for the murder in North Vietnam of at least 55 U.S. POWs and the brutal torture of hundreds of others.

In November 1991, Tracy Usry, chief investigator of the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, that the Soviets interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam. McCain became outraged, interrupting Usry several times, arguing that "none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets."

Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin testified during the hearings that the KGB did interrogate U.S. POWs in Vietnam. Kalugin stated that one of the POWs worked on by the KGB was a "high-ranking naval officer," who, according to Kalugin, agreed to work with the Soviets upon his repatriation to the United States and has frequently appeared on U.S. television.

Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified on the same day, but after Usry, that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war he had the authority to "read all documents and secret telegrams from the politburo" pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said that not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but that they treated the Americans very badly.

McCain stunned onlookers at the hearing when he moved to the witness table and physically embraced Col. Tin as if he was a long, lost brother.

In 1949 Dr. Andrew Salter authored Conditioned Reflex Therapy, a pioneering work in the field of psychoanalysis. Ten years later, as Richard Condon was writing The Manchurian Candidate, he asked Dr. Salter to help "design" the brainwashed character for the book and subsequent movie.

More than 40 years later, in 1992, during the C-SPAN broadcasts of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, Dr. Salter watched the hearings from his New York City apartment. Salter became fascinated with McCain's overly aggressive and angry behavior toward witnesses, especially family members of men still missing in action. After a few hours he called a friend telling her, "the signs are all there, I'm afraid Senator John McCain has been brainwashed."

During the Senate Select hearings, McCain opposed all efforts by the POW/MIA families and activists to have the Select Committee expand its investigation to study how successful the Vietnamese, Soviet, Chinese and Cuban interrogation apparatuses were at exploiting American prisoners of war.

News pundants have elevated McCain to "the most popular national political figure in the country" by repeatedly describing him as a "war hero" based on his refusal accept a communist offer of "early release" from captivity.

What the media has carelessly refused to acknowledge is that the camp's senior ranking U.S. POW (SRO) had issued unquestionable orders that if a POW was to be released, "it would be the longest held prisoner" Because McCain was not the longest held POW, he would have faced a military court-marshal if he had accepted the offer.

It is incumbent upon McCain to prove to the American people that the 5 1/2 years he spent at the mercy of communist interrogators did not leave him with mental health issues that could hinder him in making snap decisions "if the White House phone rang at 3 a.m."

Is McCain taking any kind of pain or "nerve" medicines? If so, do the medicines cause emotional and physical reactions?

McCain was once treated for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is said to get worse over time for former POWs, what is the status of his treatment?

Does McCain still harbor stress triggered suicidal tendencies?

Where was McCain and what was happening to him during the months he was missing from the POW camp?

McCain implies that he made only one propaganda broadcast for the communists, but Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers say he made over 30. How many did he make and what did he get in return?

Why does McCain still deny that the Soviets were involved in the interrogation of U.S. POWs in Vietnam?

Does McCain's former interrogators, the communist Vietnamese, Russians, Chinese and Cubans have anything in their secret intelligence files about his behavior as a prisoner with which they could blackmail a President John McCain?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Jorge in Chicago I bet you have not had the misfortune to try and file race discrimination charges in Illinois yet. Obama is change that believes in currently denying only certain Americans that right.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Virile? Karela why not a woman of child bearing age. The American public are not as vain as Obama thinks.

Posted by: Moniker | July 30, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is now showing his true colors - he is not the Ferrari but nothing but a washed up, beaten up old car (no car junk car that I can think of that would come close to how far he has stooped. Shame on him! I am really tired of this grumpy old man!

Posted by: CAA, Nevada | July 30, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I cannot support change enough. I believe in hope and I believe in Obama. It's clear that the Republicans are scrambling and just trying to keep up with the strength of the Obama Campaign.

To criticize him for appearing too Presidential is absurd. They wish McCain came across as a true world leader and not merely a bumbling old man who is merely seen as once being a good and honest senator. And, to vindicate Obama as not just a celebrity, but the biggest celeb in the world is so amazingly foolish. I don't really know how they think this is going to come across as negative to the common person. Absolute fools running the show there. They all should be fired.

McCain's campaign and the GOP should be horrified at the way they have run this election. It's clear they are out of touch with the country this time around and their bumbling of a VEEP selection will only reinforce that.

Maybe next time around, but this election is done. It will be a landslide no matter how folks try to position it as close.

Posted by: Jorge in Chicago.. | July 30, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain looks more and more like Gran'pa Simpson from the Simpson. I would love to see some ads showing the similarities.

Posted by: Tony | July 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

umm, is mccain crazy? of course i want the biggest celebrity over the BIGGEST DUD.

Posted by: duh | July 30, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

JM is getting so grumpy I can't stand him. I was once torn between he and Bradley as to who I would support. Now, I can't imagine what I saw in him. Instead of the issues he attack "people like Obama".
He seems despirate and angry. He talks of presidental disposition but I don't want the man I'm seeing to talk to the rest of the world on my behalf. He offers no reason to link Obama to foreign oil. Am I supposed to just figure that out? He suggest that Obama doesn't meet the line for CNC but what is the line? I watched Obama with the heads of states on his trip. He appeared to listen and convey his ideas with ease. Most of all he seemed to be a partner and leader. The trip won me over

Posted by: Inthe tank | July 30, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The United States voter wants to elect a strong, virile, knowledgeable leader who knows and understands the economy, the fuel crisis and foreign relations. That is not John McCain. John McCain was a good pilot fifty years ago and we're glad that he was willing to do his job. Today, he's a crotchety old man who gets confused on a daily basis about America's relationship with the other countries in the world and who spends all his time talking off the cuff without spending any time studying the facts around the challenges the country faces. John McCain is ready to sit in his rocker and remember all the yesterdays. Barack Obama has the judgment and the contemporary cutting edge skills to lead our nation into the twenty first century.

Posted by: karela | July 30, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Christopher London your not helping. Obama and the internet is not the point. It's not something he should be pointing to unless your talking about fundraising. Then it could be a positive.

Posted by: Carol | July 30, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

It's simple Optimyst he is up against Barack Obama. Sonner or later Obama is going to open his mouth without a speech. And bingo more ammo!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect the comments below, McCain's history is one illustrating a complete lack of intellectual curiousity, not preparing and coming to understand basic facts. McCain graduated 4th from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, infuriated his superiors for his failure to prepare and study flight plans to make him a proficient pilot and spent more of his time skirt chasing and boozing. McCain destroyed several military aircraft before heading off to Vietnam, unprepared, where he was shot down. He was unprepared then and he is unprepared now. He has little or no interest or understanding of the economy and finds one of the greatest communication tools and cultural movements of our time completely irrelevant. McCain is a dinosaur and not a particularly intelligent one at that. Since when is it a good idea to put a man with a LOW IQ who does not like to prepare in a position as Chief Executive to run a company, much less a nation? McCain is a preppy brat child of privilege who went from Daddy to Cindy, his Sugar mamma. McCain is NOT his own man.


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Christopher London Obama has time to surf the internet so we should make him president. My kid can use the internet but has to be pried away just to do his homework. Obama for your age and responsibilities that is not a good thing.

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I worry about any elected person over thirty surfing the web like a teen. Obama's got a job with not much time on his hands but he surfs?

Posted by: Christopher London | July 30, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain seems to be buying into the theory that this is an up or down vote on Obama. So going negative might be his only hope. But how he can hope to keep this up against the upcoming convention coverage and debates is beyond me. He's back on his heels, but needs to find an offense, which is a different thing altogether than just being offensive.

Posted by: Optimyst | July 30, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi Jolie is married with children dude.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering when DDAWD was going to come on duty for Obama. Do you get paid by the hour or letters typed?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

McSame apologists out in full force today, and clearly lacking the sense of humor that this ad's creator has.

Do any of you half-wits also believe that no one should find Angelina Jolie attractive because she is beautiful, or that the Pacific Ocean isn't wet because it is made of water?

Posted by: bondjedi | July 30, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi, since you seem so grounded (yikes!) in reality. Tell us who it is again you like to run this wonderful country?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this ad is silly. It falls well short of the Swift Boats which struck the core of Kerry's narrative. This is just superficial. Popularity isn't a core asset of Obama.

Personally, I think the most effective attacks on Obama were the ones that called into question his credentials as a change candidate. The experience thing didn't really work for Hillary. The narrative on Obama being arrogant isn't really sticking either.

I'm kind of surprised the Jeremiah Wright stuff isn't being used more often. Remember how we were being warned that those clips would be on continuous cycle through November?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 30, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Christopher London Obama has time to surf the internet so we should make him president. My kid can use the internet but has to be pried away just to do his homework. Obama for your age and responsibilities that is not a good thing.

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I worry about any elected person over thirty surfing the web like a teen. Obama's got a job with not much time on his hands but he surfs?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"bondjedi ... you ... are ...fun. "

Thank you, brave and anonymous poster at 6:22 p.m.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 30, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi, keep telling yourself that. It's really sad that you don't even know they are making fun of you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Christopher London Obama has time to surf the internet so we should make him president. My kid can use the internet but has to be pried away just to do his homework. Obama for your age and responsibilities that is not a good thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"bondjedi is cool"

Thank you, Linda.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 30, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi is cool because he knows the latest HollyWood gossip. Are Maddona and A-Rod just friends? Maybe we should make you president.

Posted by: Linda | July 30, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

To quote one of my favorite movies "... whatever your problems, I can assure you (Sen. McCain) is not the least bit interested in solving them. He is only interested is telling you to fear them and telling who to blame for them. That's his tactic and that's how you win elections." McSame's tactics are carbon copied out of the anti-christ Rove's playbook. Be afraid, hate everything that isn't attack mode and vote your fear." Americans hopefully will vote their conscience. Enough is enough. America can do better than to vote for an angry mentally unstable 72 year old coot who suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). McCain was tortured so severely in Vietnam that he tried to commit suicide, and his regular regular failure to recall basic facts on the campaign trail combined with irrational lashing out is indicative of the onset of Alzheimers and Senility. The Mainstream media and McCain's handlers have focused on selling Americans on imagery of the "War Hero...Maverick...Naval Aviator" while hiding the disturbing side of McCain. McCain needs to be examined for mental acuity. Despite his wearing Navy ballcaps regularly and posing as a TOP GUN ala Tom Cruise, all evidence illustrates that McCain was a horrible pilot, nearly flunked out of the Naval Academy where he spent most of his time in a drunken stupor rather than studying and preparing to become a proficient pilot. McCain was unprepared for Vietnam and is admittedly unprepared now. He has stated that "the economy is not my strong suit" and "I need my assistants to log me on to the internet. I have no use for email." ----Is this the type of Maverick America needs right now...or an old ignorant schmuck who is the Trojan Horse of the GOP? If he were a product you purchased at a store, you would return it for being broken or defective.

Posted by: Christopher London | July 30, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

To:kingofzouk: Gee thanks for the info,you may want to update your electoral map,it was 6/17 and you might want to checkout the totals 189 for McBush, 221 for Obama. I find it refreshing that you conservatives are out there to in lighten us old delusional,loony,flyover state libs. repubs at there best! HA!
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kingofzouk Wisdom comes with age and experience. It includes humility.
LOLLOLLOLLOL:A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow

Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

John and Cindy McCain Foundation

McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, which received at least $267,000 from the senator's foundation during the years that his sons were there.
The McCain foundation also donated money-roughly $128,000-to Christ Lutheran School, which the McCain's 15-year-old adopted daughter, Bridget, and their son Jim both attended. In 2001, the foundation also donated $41,667 to the Phoenix Country Day School, another elite prep school where both Meghan and Jack had been students.

But its not charity when a donation is intended to benefit yourself and your family, even if others benefit incidentally.
And one shouldn't be allowed to write this stuff off. For one thing, it could lead to abuses. Consider this... sooner or later, it will occur to a donor or a school (assuming it hasn't already), that a tax deductible "charitable" donation can be exchanged for tuition.
how much McCain has saved in taxes through his foundation's donations since he has thus far refused to release his tax returns (and won't commit to releasing them after formally becoming the nominee either). There's nothing illegal or improper about the foundation's contributions, but it's not exactly the pattern of giving you'd expect from someone who has cultivated an anti-elitist image.

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | July 30, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Miley Cyrus is a emotionally abused teen. Unlike Miley's dad McCain would not use her.
Are you saying Obama is cool because he would know about Miley Cyrus?

Posted by: Moniker | July 30, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I have seen all the ad's running and not one of them will get Mccain one more vote. Negative campaigning only works when you are telling people something they didn't know and although negative is also true. This stuff is for the most part silly and actually made to appeal to the Mccain voter. Well, You already have those votes so what is the point. I guess the TV stations enjoys getting paid to run the ad's.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

MCCain is leading in Indiana. you are clearly delusional. the evidence is that the rest of your state is not as loony as you, that would be tough.

Like the typical Lib - loud, obnxious, irrelevant and wrong.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/10/electoral.map/index.html

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Kingofzouk:Indiana maybe a flyover state in your veiw, so I guess your candidate John McBush will stop campaigning here, but color it blue in November. Connie from INDIANA

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

bonjedi - most of cher is practically brand new.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Kingofzouk:Indiana maybe a flyover state in your , so I guess your candidate John mcBush will stop campaigning here, but color it blue in November. Connie fro INDIANA

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

the narrative on this ad doesn't seem to match its feeling. why make this about oil? what does it have to do with celebrity? the message seems muddled, and i didn't get it. but what the ad is doing seems like the kind of punch that could land if coupled with a better narrative.

the ad is pretty effective not only because of the pairing of images of ruined celebutantes, but moreso because coupled with the mass chanting crowds is a "cool, stand-offish" music that makes obama feel distant and then contrastive with the warm colors and music of john "justplainfolks" mccain.

it's a complete fabrication, smoke and mirrors, but if the mccain campaign can find a better narrative (i.e. tape of what it's been reported barack obama said to democratic house members "i'm the symbol of america" or whatever it was), then they might have found an in. maybe they should read dana milbank's washington sketch for some ideas.

Posted by: against the DLC | July 30, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

the mccain brain train is creaky fer sure.
But the American people elected Bush twice.
Anything can happen

Posted by: choctaws | July 30, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Even when the McShame campaign tries to slam its opponent, it is hopelessly out of step with the electorate. Paris and Britney? How about Miley Cyrus and Spencer Pratt?

Not that McShame picked Paris and Britney. If asked to name two young beauties, he would have said Ann-Margret and Cher.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 30, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I am pleased that we have found the answer to our problems. A rather dim liberal in a flyover state will dictate who gets social security and who doesn't. It doesn't matter what the law or rules are, it seldom does with liberals.

the aforementioned nimrod will also set government salaries on her whim and deprive any actual thinking voter of their representation to make herself feel good.

I think we have a more urgent case og anger management on our hands. call it moveon.org always loses syndrome.

when you say "yes we can" excactly what concrete notion are tyou talking about, beyond the mindless platitudes? yes we can win in Iraq? No. yes we can drill for oil and lower prices? no. yes we can raise taxes and soak the rich. Now I'm on to something.

bitter flyover class warriors do not good policy make. I'll stick with bitter gun toting religious freaks instead.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

this is simply a distraction, as is anything I don't like. Please ignore it and continue to worship me.

did I tell you a swell band is coming up right after my speech, so be sure to stick around.

Posted by: snObama | July 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Kingofzouk, Yes I am saying that he should not take social security if he is suppose to feel our pain.John McBush is nothing but a liar, sound familiar(Bush)? As far as the president signing the budget if he gets one, what happened when the house was controlled by repubs.Are we paying these politicians big bucks to screw us?Yes we are,but Obama will change that, then it will be YES WE CAN!Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

""an utterly, broken down wreck of a candidate,""

who is beating the wunderkind by 4 points.

Ouch!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Mark in austin - in theory you may be right. but practically speaking your approach is not working. the R base is still unsettled including me. what will get me riled up? Pointing out what a shallow poseur the opposition is and the extreme damage he could do. but most voters do not have the attention span to follow any thing like an issue so the damage approach is limited. It is better in a primary where you have elevated levels of motivation. the general is for the slow, they just want the label that works. flip-flopper, invented the internet, out-of-touch, warmonger, old geezer,incompetent, etc.

I think the Paris and Brittany characterization has promise. all we need is for Jay Leno and Conan to run with it. and we all know what a famous lack-of-any-sense of humor barack has about himself.

Just who do you think the undecided voters are? hint -they are not PHds who read the internet and the paper. they are watching wipeout and conan.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama is trading on his celebrity right now! A piece of fluff on fluff is perfect.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

To Not the same ol': Thanks and you are right after the first debate in late September Obama is going to wipe the stage with McBush. I think his supporters should suggest that McBush get some anger management class before then, but I really want to see him blow!!!!!
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The senile, little old man has moved past from being merely pathetic to being beyond ridiculous. Perhaps his handlers think fantasies of Paris & Hilton can do for the Social Security collecting Senior Citizen what Viagara can't. No wonder Barack is ignoring McCain's childish and increasingly desperate attempts to disparage him. It is becoming crystal clear that stuck with an utterly, broken down wreck of a candidate, the Republican Attack Machine has been given a green light and is kicking into high gear. McCain's Viet Nam demons have finally stripped away his facade and exposed him as a confused, deranged relic dwelling in distant past and utterly frustrated as the future passes him by.

Posted by: shiva7 | July 30, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Live by fluff, die by fluff? What do you call this ad?

While Obama gets foreign leaders on board and meets with important economic leaders (and gets criticized for acting too presidential, whatever that means) McCain launches ads that say he has no substance.

Really? What's Obama been doing today? Getting briefed by Warren Buffet among others on how to get us out of this economic mess, that's what.

Posted by: Fluffy | July 30, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Regarding social security - are you suggesting that he not take it? After paying in all those years. Is that the "Fair liberal" solution - screw the rich. In other words, same solution as last time and every time.

And in fact, it is the congress that takes the money, presidents simply sign budgets if they ever get one. Are you really trying to say that you expect less spending under an Obama adminstration and two Dem houses of congess.

no wonder you are voting for one of the backstreet boys.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

In 2005, McC had one of the best years a Senator could ever have. He beat the Prez on torture and took over 90 Senate votes with him. He busted Abramoff. He had a other truly major accomplishments.

He won the R nomination by hitting all those positives again and again at Town Hall Meetings. He could still do this - BHO has no similar set of achievements to flaunt. He could inspire.

So instead, some PR flak has decided to run a tape with a smiling BHO [happy, good looking, optimistic] and a friendly crowd waving American flags reminiscent of Reagan in Europe, in order to attack BHO's celebrity?

KOZ, you are correct that this is not intended for the left, and someone else was correct that it could reinforce the right. But I agree with John Weaver, an R strategist who used to be McC's good buddy:
"For McC's sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop."
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/07/weaver_mccains_former_strategi.php

Posted by: MarkInAustin | July 30, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It made me laugh to swalker3 but at Obama. He has no defense to this truth. Live by fluff die by fluff.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Connie, I got your back. When the going gets tough, when you feel that you can't stomach one more scurrilous lie from one more brain dead sack of guts excuse for a human being... you just have to step back, take a deep breath... and remember that we, the broad middle, the decent people who believe in justice and fairness, the normal folks who have the normal economic worries, can change this. It is in our power. We can take this beautiful country back from the haters, the warmongers who murder and dismember our children to line their own pockets, the fat cats that aren't ever satisfied with their mountains of lucre, the fevered minds that twist the words of their own savior into an ugly creed of intolerance and self-righteousness, and, yes, even the scum who who come to the WaPo to show everyone how easy lying comes to those without any principles. They want us discouraged, uncertain, depressed about how much progress we have yet to make. Keep the faith, keep marching forward, we'll show them in November.

Posted by: Not the same ol' | July 30, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Who produced this ad? Staff writers from the Colbert Report? This is so over the top it borders on parody.
Let's be honest, any pinhead who is remotely influenced by this childish display never would have voted for Obama in the first place.

Posted by: swalker3 | July 30, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You said it best moniker Hillary was ridiculed for saying anything against Obama. This was done effectively by the same media pushing Obama now. How unexpected that it is happening again to McCain.

Posted by: Linsey | July 30, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY TO ADDRESS AFSCME IN CA. TOMORROW:
FIRST SALVO OF HER SECOND COMING?

• She Will Call Out Obama on Core Values


***** Alert to All Media *****

Watch carefully and listen carefully to what Hillary has to say tomorrow.

She is likely to drop some clues as to her convention intentions.

Make no mistake: Hillary is in play, and she's going to call out Obama on his flip-flops, his equivocations and nuancing, and on his personality cult strategy.

Even if she decides not to challenge Obama, she will lay down some important markers for 2012 -- that she's a fighter who does not abandon her core principles.

She's long been canting to the center; but on certain core values, she has not wavered.

Tomorrow is the day that Hillary will demand that the party standard-bearer STAND FIRM ON CORE PRINCIPLES.

It should be an interesting address.

Posted by: scrivener | July 30, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

To kingofzouk; you are right I was not sorry, but it sounded better than idiot.As far as taking my money your president has been taking it for the last 7 and 1/2 years and John McBush is going to do the same, I am just happy that you have so much to give up.Why does John McBush call Social Security a disaster, but being one of the riches Senator's he takes a Social Security check of over 1900 dollars a month.Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

OK, can we get back to admiring me. Issues are so dull. that is why I avoid them.

Posted by: snObama | July 30, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

bemused - perhaps you would like to challenge any of these facts:

New giant spending programs don't lead to deficit reduction.

Raising taxes does not lead to productivity.

running away from a fight does not encourage your enemy to talk.

government programs are costly and less productive than private ones.

Regulation stifles creativity.

You can drill your way out. you can't "do nothing" to get out.

We don't need a shadow military.

throwing money at the problem seldom solves it. in fact it usually rewards failure.

guns and speech are absolutely protected in the USA.

your votes count, even in the Senate. non=votes don't count.

Wisdom comes with age and experience. It includes humility.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Chris I know your upset, but it is fairgame. Obama himself has used his celebrity as a selling point. Risky? Are we trying to already paint the picture McCain is a bad Man for pointing out the obvious. It was like when you all told Hillary to lay off using the bad facts on Obama or else she would... Well, we all know how that turned out. Great for Obama!

Posted by: Moniker | July 30, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"""I am sorry that's not nice.
Connie from Indiana"""


You're not sorry. you just say that to make people FEEL better, especially yourself. no wonder you support Libs.

I'm sorry we will be taking all your money away. It is really for the best.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, you can't say Reagan was just a celebrity. He'd been Governor of California.

He was still a crappy President, but not just a pretty face.

Posted by: Not Reagan | July 30, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

To kingofzouk: I guess as a supporter of John McBush calling names like Nimrod liberals is the same old dirty tricks from the repubs. This Nimrod liberal did not vote for Bush and will not be voting for McBush.I believe Nimrod should be capitalized conservative slug, I am sorry that's not nice.
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow. kingofzouk is calling OTHER people "fact-challenged true-believers."

When I see the most recent McCain ads I'm reminded about Mark Twain's explanation of how to tell a lie.

Tell part of the truth, then stop.

Posted by: Bemused | July 30, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I thought bill clinton was the most beloved politician. don't blink. those that live by the crowd, die real fast by the same crowd.

wildfires are very hard to control. especially when we are talking about the level of shallowness of the voter in america. If he is so dang popular, how come he is leading by so little if at all?

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Not a surprise that scott Howell likes the ad. He's the same guy who came up with the Hitler ad in 2005 in Virginia that sunk Kilgore's campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain is walking a fine and dangerous line in his most recent ads. They have only marginal negative impact on Obama while clearly showing a break by the campaign from their previous pledges to "fight clean."

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 30, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Do the American people want to elect the world's biggest celebrity or do they want to elect an American hero?"

First, if you have to ask that question, you aren't very familiar with the American people.

Second, I question the value of calling your opponent "the world's biggest celebrity". Seems counterproductive.

Posted by: Blarg | July 30, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to respond to attacks but not let that define his campaign.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 30, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't expect you nimrod liberals to understand this in the least and your posts clearly indicate you don't.

What is up for grabs in this election is the moderate swing voters. not you fact-challenged true-believers. not a thing in the universe will stop the leftist from voting for Obama.

What will swing the moderate thinking swing voter from leaning left or undecided to McCain?

simple - the notion that Obama is a false prophet, that he is a creation of the media - like the backstreet boys. no talent but still able to draw a crowd. that idea that the Germans will dictate who WE like will gain momentum. Kerry spoke of a global court, and was rejected.

McCain is going to speak about a global surge of popularity, just to show the undecided that they have to think for themselves. And the first instinct it to shun the perceived acceptance.

there are only 5 points or less between these two. the undecideds are thinking "I don't love Mccain but can the kid do the work". so far it looks like the answer is no. Mccain must drill that notion.

summer is the perfect time to air these silly ads, before anyone is really paying attention. the press will run them for free and they will be forgotten by September. but in the meantime, if a avitar can stick (such as good at drawing a crowd but shallow and clueless), then the election is won.

Kerry lost the election right after he was considered a flip-flopper and the windsurfing photos showed up. It fit and it stuck.

Obama as shallow pretender - it fits, will it stick?

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his campaign should just focus on the issues. Obama not only has to continually bash Bush, and then tie-McCain to Bush, but has to offer his suggestions for how America needs to move forward.

Obama needs to keep reiterating his plans for the economy (first and main priority)that will help poor and middle income families. Secondly, Obama needs to keep mentioning how he would go after Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan since this has always been the major front on War on Terrorism.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 30, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

We all complain about negative campaigning, but that seems to be what works. See Bush v. McCain in 2000 and Clinton v. Obama in 2008.

Plus, wasn't failure to respond to negative ads supposedly one of the biggest mistakes of the Kerry campaign?

The risk is not McCain's, it is Obama's. Looked at what happend when the Clinton slime/innuendo machine went to work on him down the stretch in the Democratic Primaries.

The General Election doesn't play out in sequence like the primaries, where it's a series of mutually exclusive events. Obama can no longer take the High Road 'here' because he knows that he's going to win 'there' anyway. His campaign has to have an overall stategy to deal with this. The American Public says that negative campaigning works every time, and they re-affirmed that this Spring.

Otherwise, Obama may be caught sitting alongside the High Road overlooking the cove where the Swiftboat is leaving the dock.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | July 30, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Say Anything"

Because McCain will absolutely say anything to get elected. About a month ago we heard how the swiftboaters were jumping on the McCain bandwagon and we can see these negative personal attack ads as a direct result of their involvment.

We've been through 7.5 years of the worst government possible led by Republicans. Since the Democrats took control of the house and senate, we see that Republican block all the useful legislation through filibusters and vetos.

The big elephant in the room is that we know that most of the top level Administration starting with the president needs to be in jail for violating laws they have admitted to violating. They willfully refuse to testify under oath under subpoena and refuse to prosecute contempt of congress. How deep is this infection? To the core of our country.

Congress has the lowest approval rating ever... because half of them are corrupt Republicans, and the other half are cowardly Democrats who won't stand up to the corruption. All we can do to stop it is elect more of these cowards and hope when they have safety in numbers we can move forward once again.

In this country which needs so much healing, what does an apologist and opportunist like John McCain have to offer?

Posted by: I think that McCain's theme should be: | July 30, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee I remember we had a president that was suppose to have real celebrity status that all the repubs loved, like Ronald Regan. I am still in awe of John McBush who has been in Washington for 25 years and now says he has the experience to fix problems that he has been apart of.Almost all of John McBush's ads have been to attack and offend the supporters of Obama and half of the world, plus they are full of lies.Can't we see a pattern here just like the Bush campaign, in fact I believe some of those negative ads John McBush had been the target. Shame on you old man.Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama answers this ad very well today .

Obama just responded outside of Bell's Restaurant in Lebanon, MO: "You know, I don't pay attention to John McCain's ads, although I do notice he doesn't seem to have anything to say very positive about himself. He seems to only be talking about me... You need to ask John McCain what he's for and not just what he's against."

To the point, honest, and respectful.

Posted by: smallddem | July 30, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign is winning right now by simply not playing this game.

All of these bitter, sniping attack ads are going to backfire on McCain. They're basically telling America: don't look to us to solve problems, we're too busy smearing the other guy. In the meantime, Obama talks and the world listens.

The more glib the McCain camp gets, the greater the chance that they are damaging their own credibility.

Posted by: JamesCH | July 30, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Fix generously writes
"McCain's new strategy is, without question, a major risk."

What strategy?

Posted by: bsimon | July 30, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I understand John McCain's military experience. But as a military member of the Modern Whig Party, I have to ask how can sit back and implicity refer to himself as an "American hero." Strikes me that a true hero would be modest and shy away from such references. Another short-sighted attempt for McCain. I liked much better the John McCain of 2000.

http://www.modernwhig.org
The Modern Whig Party -- For the rest of us

Posted by: Dean | July 30, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

You only checked with Republicans about the ads? What the heck is that?

Posted by: Huh? | July 30, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

POLITICAL MEDIA INCOMPETENCE


McCain needs to fire his ad team for treason.

All McCain has to do to win is to show that Obama lacks the experience and the character to be president.

Instead, the visuals reinforce the notion that Obama possesses a magnetic presence that is able to captivate crowds of hundreds of thousands of devotees.

Is that really the imagine of Obama that the McCain camp wants to project?

And comparing Obama to Britney and Paris reinforces the claim that McCain is running a lowbrow, gutter campaign, precisely the kind of campaign he said he would not run.

I am starting to think that moles in the McCain campaign are sabotaging him, hoping his health will force him to withdraw in favor of a more ideologically preferable candidate. How else to rationalize this example of paid media incompetence?

STATE-SUPPORTED "VIGILANTE JUSTICE" SQUADS
ARE DESTROYING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1


Posted by: scrivener | July 30, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kettle, meet Mr. Pot.

Washington Post lies as much as McCain about Obama.

So take your little high horse and stuff it.

Posted by: Ken | July 30, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The implication is that Britney and Paris are the two biggest celebrities in the world right now (and that BHO is bigger than they are). I think it just goes to show you how out of touch the McC campaign is with pop culture -- Britney and Paris are SOOO yesterday's news. Especially Paris.

But what do you expect from a guy that doesn't know how to use a computer?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I my home town, there were two POWs from Viet Nam, one served longer than McCain.
Neither milked their captivity for public adulation or for a life living on the public payroll.
They went out and got real jobs.
And stayed married to their first wives.

Posted by: Bob | July 30, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I read elsewhere a very good point that The Fix missed. All these McCain ads are getting run for free by news organizations that are covering them as news. The campaign is making relatively small ad buys - but is getting huge airtime when, for example, the sunday morning shows run the ads & discuss them. Perhaps not all good news - when McCain is shown to be playing fast & loose with the facts, but its publicity none the less...

Posted by: bsimon | July 30, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought this ad was a goof, when I first saw it. After all, which twit in the McSame campaign would be so STUPID to create an ad showing Obama being cheered on like an astronaut or Super Bowl champ?

And if the McStupid camp is trying to imply that Obama is vacuous and vapid a la Britney and Paris, I'm sure that Obama knows what the deal is with Czechoslovakia.

Why doesn't the McTitanic camp just photoshop Obama into crime scene photos? What an amateurish effort. Thank God this halfwit McSame won't get within a mile of the White House, except for when Bush gives him his token Medal of Freedom and kicks him into retirement.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 30, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris

I have to tell ya' back here in NH and Boston I am friends with a bunch of people who fought for obama for the past year and a half... I mean these are the people that helped the basis of the energy that got him rolling
and from the reports Obama may pick Kaine today or tomorrow...

a lot of very sad people that he has just been asking to go canvas and everything else...

they are all pro choice...pro gay...pro stem cell

and thought he would pick a noble choice that aligned with their views...

this is the second big hit for a lot of them...

I mean they all would start to jump on this McCain/Hillary bandwagon if it turns out that Obama chose such a bad choice that flew in their (and obviously my face...this guy Kaine is everything we are not...his freakin stance on the war is questionable) ugh

so don't put it past this McCain campaifgn ad starting to work

Posted by: dl | July 30, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris you describe, "in the opening seconds of the commercial when Hollywood types like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are shown." In fact only Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are shown. My question is why, out of all the images of celebrity the McCain campaign could have chosen, did he choose them? Why two blonde white women with extremely racy public personas (to put it politely)?
I would like to believe that the McCain campaign is merely trying to paint Obama as all flash, but considering the ad the Republican party ran against Harold Ford, I think there might be something more at work here.

Posted by: bensonbark | July 30, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I was beginning to think that McCain's campaign resembeled Bob Dole's in 1996; a bitter, OLD politician who felt it was "his time" because, after all, he is a "war hero" while his opponent is some liberal weenie. However, I don't even recall Bob Dole stooping this low and deliberately distorting the truth. John McCain is simply coming across as a nasty, old man jealous of the rising leader. McCain lost whatever integrity he had years ago and he is, quite frankly, desperate and revolting. It will backfire.

Posted by: BillBolducinMaine | July 30, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Does America need a hero or a leader?

Charles Lindbergh was a genuine hero and revered as such. But his leadership qualities were nil - he was a devotee and associate of none other than Adolph Hitler.

For a leader we need someone who has a vision and is capable of articulating it well to Americans and to people abroad, who stirs excitement over the prospect of our taking a different course.

What we don't need is another sneering Rove creation, not after the past 7 1/2 years.

Posted by: DavidE | July 30, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This latest in a series of foolish ads from the McCain camp reveals the weakness of their core message. They hope that voters will turn away from what we are seeing with our own eyes (the possibility of an admired America resurgent in the world once again) and will vote our bigoted fears instead.

The McCain who has been revealed in these last few months is nothing like the facade we were fed by the press over the past decade. This current McCain is angry, vindictive, envious, small-minded, intellectually bereft, and tired.

McCain apparently thinks we should vote for him simply because he was a POW 40 years ago. He does not feel it is important to offer new ideas, a vision of our nation's future, or an sense of his leadership potential. He is treating us to a preview of his arrogant my-way-or-the-highway command style. We don't need another four years of this brainless cowboy mentality.

As this campaign continues, it becomes clearer that we voters know much more about Barack Obama than we do about the Real McCain.

Posted by: dee | July 30, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

That ad is not targeting Obama supporters, reality is very few that actually attended an Obama function would be considering voting for McCain. The ad is designed to reach those who are not already a fan of Obama.

Considering one of the key words McCain wants to drive home is experience, the ad does that. From a political standpoint, controversy creates coverage, the trick is to not do it in a manner that is not an outright attack or can be proven false. This ad is neither.

Posted by: LisaRenee | July 30, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

you know, on a daily basis, every time john mccain opens his mouth then follows it with that sneer of his, i dislike him more. he has nothing to say any any issue that he doesn't change. talk about a flip-flopper. apparently he has nothing if value to say, therefore he attacks. as much as i dislike bush, it can't compare to the feelings i now have for mcnasty.

Posted by: janice bendel | July 30, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The problem with this whole line of attack is that the attacks on Obama are not credible, and falsely attacking your opponent doesn't fit into McCain's "straight talk" image. So you have a double whammy for McCain - The attacks won't stick to Obama, and McCain's image is ruined. Stupid, but I guess that's all they have, because if the campaign is about the issues,McCain loses.

Posted by: ATLLIBERAL | July 30, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

They are trying to bait Obama into following their tactics so they can say he's a same old (LOL) politician.

Posted by: GBOY | July 30, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for McCain !!!!!!

If by some chance he is elected this country is DOOM!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ron | July 30, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think it's fascinating that the McCain Campaign would put together an ad that shows his opponent, looking mighty presidential, I might add, for most of the commercial before an elderly man with a wan smile flashes briefly into the picture. If I were a Democratic operative, I would be buying time for this ad!

Posted by: DCH | July 30, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

You want to talk about risk? how about electing someone to office who has no experience and flawed judgment. who refuses to acknowledge mistakes and is so arrogant he has his own seal made up. that is risky.

the idea that we elect him or not because he can lead on TMZ is perfect. Mccain should keep it up. I may vote for him yet. Is everyone so afraid of being called a racist that we are going to let this fraud waltz into office unchallenged?

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 30, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The problem I see with this line of advertising is that it's not just an attack on Obama, it's an implicit attack on the voters. Ever attended an Obama event, or felt moved by a speech? Well then, you're just a dull, celebrity-obsessed sheep, aren't you?

It's a fine line to walk, trying to turn Obama's popularity against him, without appearing to lecture voters that John McCain knows what's best for them.

Posted by: NTPNate | July 30, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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