The New McCain Ad

From the comments: This is an atrocity. Obama is now Jesus, or Moses, or something else McCain is not.

I was actually Laughing Out Loud at how stupid the ad was. Can I hear an OMFG?

McCain has nothing. Remember the attack line Conservatives used, Bush Derangement Syndrome? Can we start an Obama Derangement Syndrome meme? McCain’s ads have not focused one iota on what McCain will do as president – except prolong a war and make tax cuts permanent (which I am totally for – in peacetime.) They’re completely focused on Barack Obama and how popular he is. It’s quite funny when you think about it. McCain is grasping, big time.

Oh, and from the comments as well, Bush or Batman – equally as funny!

114 replies
  1. 1
    Dreggas says:

    See hardball tonight, I diaried it here. This is not helping McCain.

  2. 2
    ed says:

    McCain indeed has nothing. But neither did Bush, and that dumbfuck somehow ended up being [technical] President. The shit has a proven track record, much as “we’re above that” does. We’re fucked.

  3. 3
    John Cole says:

    Shrug, he may have nothing, but I still am convinced the Republicans will find a way to win in the fall.

  4. 4
    demkat620 says:

    Remember, McCain was nominated because he was the least shitty of the GOP choices. He was nominated because he was not the typical republican. He just threw his brand in the shitter to lauunch this attack. D.U.M.B.

  5. 5
    Michael D. says:

    John, would you please stop sharing your secret hopes and dreams on the blog?

  6. 6
    JWW says:

    Michael,

    Speaking of having nothing. Are you ever going to post something at this site that means something. You feed nothing but sour fodder.

    If you ever had a calling in life, blogging is not it.

  7. 7
    The Populist says:

    I think that he is grasping at straws with these increasingly awful ads BUT if you listened or watched the MSM, they are buying it and I fear it’s sinking in…or am I just buying their B.S.?

  8. 8
    Michael D. says:

    JWW made an attempt at a funny

  9. 9
    Karmakin says:

    Waitwaitwaitwaitwait

    Their campaign actually PAID for that shite? Holy crap.

    They really are at the bottom of the barrel.

    BTW. There is no “going back” from this. They can’t attack attack attack then play all nice and friendly in the fall. McCain is going to be obliterated by the quasi-permanent nature of the internet.

  10. 10
    shera says:

    I’m sure the time will come when American voters are so miserable and their lives so wretched, that they simply can’t afford to vote for McCain or any other Republican, but I’m not sure that time is now.

  11. 11
    gimmeabreak says:

    This ad is pathetic. McCain might get some bounce out of this and the other inane ads for a bit, but I don’t think it’ll stick.

    We knew this was coming.

  12. 12
    slaney black says:

    Mike Deaver used to say the only thing that matters about an ad is how it looks with the sound off. Turn the sound off and all of McCain’s “attack” pieces make Obama look f’ing awesome! Thanks a lot, Phillipine Insurrection veteran Juan McCain!!!

  13. 13
    Ripley says:

    JWW Says:

    Nice blog, dude. Solid writing and all that rot.

    Everyone’s a fucking critic, these days…

  14. 14
    TheFountainHead says:

    Wow. The dumbfucks will love it though…

  15. 15
    mclaren says:

    “Bush Derangement Syndrome” is actually a recognized psychiatric condition.

    It’s called “sanity.”

  16. 16
    Tax Analyst says:

    Well, of course. Inspirational speeches about upbeat optimism and hope for a better future are clearly Un-American and are thus thoroughly antithetical to the Republican Party.

    The sooner we come down to earth, face the miserable reality of our limited future(s) and vote for John McCain, the better off we’ll all be. I mean, just who the in the fuck do you think you all are, anyway?

    Now put down those stupid, foolish dreams and get the Fuck Back To Work, you peons.

    (This message has been brought to you by John McCain & the Republican Party)

  17. 17
    PK says:

    O.K. maybe I hate McCain and the republicans too much to see straight, but this ad is beyond stupid. If this ad works for anyone, I mean if anyone sees this and thinks this is not bad, terrible, horrible then that person needs their head examined.
    God republicans are stupid!

  18. 18
    Pockmark Notorious says:

    I don’t understand how you can compare someone to Moses…and then question their ability to lead.

    Obama just parted the Red Sea yo! That’s the guy I want fighting terrorists. Seriously.

  19. 19
    maxbaer (not the original) says:

    Is he ready to lead? You just said he was fucking Moses. How much leading do you want?

  20. 20
    Brian says:

    I’ve heard of jump the shark/hide in the fridge for movies. And even toss the whale for CGI effects. I think we can now add “Flash the Moses” for political ads.

  21. 21
    Dreggas says:

    The Populist Says:

    I think that he is grasping at straws with these increasingly awful ads BUT if you listened or watched the MSM, they are buying it and I fear it’s sinking in…or am I just buying their B.S.?

    See my link in my post, Andrea Mitchell nailed it today when she said that the fact is that McCain is being extremely disrespectful to Obama. I think the MSM might just be pissed at McCain for the moment but they aren’t buying it.

  22. 22
    Joshua Norton says:

    They’re really tearing through their thesaurus trying to find all different ways of saying “uppity” without actually using the word.

    Pat Buchanan practically bursts into flames trying not to let it slip out.

    Pa. Thetic.

  23. 23
    Lloyd Webber says:

    America will deserve every bit of damnation that comes its way if (God Forbid) John McCain gets elected

  24. 24
    maxbaer (not the original) says:

    I’m not sure that ad works that well. If you don’t pay a lot of attention to the narration you might think it was almost pro-Obama. I realize they’re still pushing the arrogant meme.

  25. 25
    James says:

    Lessee now, Karl sez “attack the strengths” so where are Obama’s strengths? Just about everything. And then we make fun of each strength in turn. A child could do it, and it’s actually OK cuz the morons who buy this stuff deserve whoever they vote for .

  26. 26
    Punchy says:

    McCain has nothing

    Uh…hate to tell ya, but in at least one poll, McCain’s tied it up. I’m with Cole — I smell a November Republican upset.

  27. 27
    Martin says:

    Is he ready to lead? You just said he was fucking Moses. How much leading do you want?

    And considering his base, I think that analogy is going to backfire hard on McCain. Either he’s suggesting that Obama is awesome, or that Moses’ acts were beyond belief. I smell a smackdown from the base coming.

  28. 28
    Brachiator says:

    The Populist Says:

    I think that he is grasping at straws with these increasingly awful ads BUT if you listened or watched the MSM, they are buying it and I fear it’s sinking in…or am I just buying their B.S.?

    Every now and then, another message peeks through (Economic Predicts Clear Obama Win)

    It really is the economy, stupid! Economic models that have correctly predicted the winner of almost all post-war U.S. presidential elections say recession fears will secure a victory for Barack Obama in November.

    Three separate studies showed the Democratic presidential hopeful winning between 52 and 55 percent of the popular vote on November 4, based on current gloomy economic estimates.

    Any further darkening in the economic outlook—many analysts think things will get worse between now and November—would reinforce that election outcome.

    “The economy is certainly not going to be a positive for the Republicans,” said Ray Fair, an economics professor at Yale university who built the earliest of the models in 1978.

    His model, which assumed tepid U.S. economic growth of 1.5 percent and a 3 percent rate of inflation, predicted the Republican candidate John McCain’s share of the vote would be 47.8 percent, handing Obama 52.2 percent.

    “It is a decent margin but it is not a landslide,” said Fair, who ran the numbers in April. “It would have been much larger if there had been a recession in 2008.”

  29. 29

    I think Billmon nailed it. *If* they use this to drag the discussions out of policy and into the gutter completely, and put Obama on the defensive, then St McMaveric can go back to be the kindly grandfather, as opposed to the drunk one with the axe, and the Village will happily follow along behind, forgetting all this tut-tut about not being gentlemenly. After all, politics is not a gentlemen’s game, unless you’re talking about who threw the race card.

  30. 30
    Punchy says:

    Obama’s ace-in-sleeve will be the debates, IMO. McCain is a horrible ad-libber, prone to pauses, looks of “How fucking dare you ask me that!”, and quantifiable frustration. If Obama is to have a chance, it’ll be during thiese debates.

    Otherwise these commercials are absolutely killing him.

  31. 31
    jrg says:

    I still am convinced the Republicans will find a way to win in the fall.

    Not at this rate. S,N! went through this a couple of days ago (I’m too lazy to find the link). In a nutshell, if you’re willing to put money on that, you could make quite a bit – the betting sites are putting McCain’s odds in the 34% range.

    Ads like this are not going to help McCain – this feels more like an SNL skit starring Obama than a political ad.

  32. 32
    Martin says:

    Uh…hate to tell ya, but in at least one poll, McCain’s tied it up.

    National vote means shit. Just ask Gore. Obama is killing when you look at how polling predicts electoral votes.

    The ultimate downside to the GOP strategy is that by conceding that most of their voters won’t bother to think about what McCain is charging or research it, they’re condemning the GOP to be the party of mental midgets. If you’ve redefined your base to be idiots, you’re long-term fucked bad.

  33. 33
    Perry Como says:

    Someone needs to spoof the shit out of this video:

    :ominous music plays:
    Barack Obama is charismatic.

    Barack Obama is physically fit.

    Barack Obama is popular.

    Barack Obama is intelligent.

    :crossfade to upbeat music:
    Vote John McCain in 2008.
    :fin:

  34. 34
    J.D. Rhoades says:

    New name for the McCainites: The Hopeless.

  35. 35
    Tom says:

    The Right’s attacks on Obama have come down to… “he thinks he’s soooo cool, but he’s really not.”

  36. 36
    Delia says:

    Here is my personal, anecdotal survey. Now granted I live in Eugene, half of which is caught in a sixties timewarp. But the other half is actually pretty conservative and descended from Scandinavian dairy farmers, and there’s a really close race for mayor this year between a liberal and a conservative.

    Anyhow . . . . in 2004 I saw more Kerry-Edwards bumpers stickers thand Bush-Cheney by a considerable margin, but there were still a fair number of the latter. This year there are a lot of Obama bumperstickers and lawn signs in town. A lot. And I haven’t seen one McCain sign. Not one. Not even at the houses in my neighborhood that loyally display signs for all the repug causes.

  37. 37
    Thom says:

    Right near the start they have him saying, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” thereby destroying their message. The droobs.

  38. 38
    Zifnab says:

    The GOS has a nice breakdown and is generally optimistic.

    Sure, by national polls, we’ve got a whole bunch of Bush dead-enders out there. But the pool of swing states is huge, and everything is trending Obama’s way. And McCain is suffering the Guiliani effect. The more people see him, the less they like him.

    Honestly, I’m just waiting for Bob Barr to seriously step into the race. Once rock-ribbed conservatives start seeing McCain and Barr side-by-side, I think we’re going to see a whole lot of bleed in the libertarian direction. McCain has inertia with him – Americans have been Republican for so long that they’re still warming up to the idea of Democrats in charge – but the revolution is, in fact, coming. By November things are going to get worse for the GOP. Kerry and Gore never had it this good three months out from election day.

  39. 39
    jrg says:

    Either he’s suggesting that Obama is awesome, or that Moses’ acts were beyond belief. I smell a smackdown from the base coming.

    Yea, but I’ll bet the ad could work up the GOP base if Moses was black.

  40. 40
    Joshua Norton says:

    Obama by 51.8%. Write it down.

    (Which means that the repugs will steal their customary 10% of the vote and still lose)

  41. 41
    Cain says:

    I’d like to know who is voting to McCain.. seriously.. why? He’s going to piss the base off with his pick of VP. We all know it’s going to some lobbyist.

    cain

  42. 42
    JL says:

    McCain is not spending a lot of money on ads since the so called MSM is running them for free. Soon they will be saying that McCain is leading even though he spent less money without mentioning that they ran his ads for free. Come September McCain will say that his campaign took a wrong turn and went to far and he is so very sorry. The media, including Joe Klein will just melt in his hands and all will be forgiven. Yeah, I’m with John, McCain can win.

  43. 43
    nightjar says:

    I still am convinced the Republicans will find a way to win in the fall.

    Maybe, but if that happens we will have a president soaked thru with enough political and personal sewage, it will look like America is only a stones throw away from going the way of the Romans. It will also be apparent that racial fear rules the great land of the free, and no amount of bullshit spin with wash out the stain.

    The choice is clear, even for those with half a brain that the right choice in this particular election is for the democratic party to run things, at least for awhile. Hell, I bet most rational wingnuts secretly think this. If for no other reason than to balance out the excesses of wingnut governance. All that should be required that the dem candidate be qualified intellectually and morally.

    What we have is an obviously well qualified man who happens to be an African American, but by any standard a genuine American of decent moral fiber. For enough fools to reject him by willing belief, via asinine accusations and gutter advertisements, that he is not a qualified and genuine American, means it’s because his skin and heritage is black. And that will decide what kind of people we can honestly call ourselves. It won’t be anything nice.

  44. 44
    Zifnab says:

    For enough fools to reject him by willing belief, via asinine accusations and gutter advertisements, that he is not a qualified and genuine American, means it’s because his skin and heritage is black a little letter next to his name is (D).

    This has nothing to do with race. If Colin Powell or Condi Rice was running, the GOP would be trumpeting the historical nature of Republicans breaking glass ceilings to the four winds. Clarence Thomas is regularly regarded as a wingnut hero. Michael Steele holds a strong position in the Republican party. George Bush has run one of the most black and latino inclusive administrations in history. Their policies are shit, but the GOP knows (or at least used to know) how to build an image and they know how to trash one.

    So for decades large numbers of Americans have been indoctrinated into believing Democrats are bad. All evidence to the contrary, the baby boomer generation got hypnotized by the Rush Limbaugh media machine and bought into a very bad bill of goods.

    2006 seemed to indicated that America was bucking this trend. I think 2008 is going to shatter the GOP political power base. When Denny Hastert’s district flips blue, the chips are really down. Obama is going to win in a landslide.

  45. 45
    gbear says:

    To (I hope correctly) quote Edith Bunker when Archie told her that the house next door had been sold to a black family:

    “As if they didn’t have enough trouble being Jewish”

    Moses indeed.

  46. 46
    J.D. Rhoades says:

    My 16 year old points out that this is an attempt to copy “The Daily Show,” but that it sucks as parody.

  47. 47
    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Nightjar – I agree with your very reasoned and well thought out post. The world is watching, and despite those twats who proudly state “I don’t give a fuck what the world thinks” what the world thinks IS important.

    BTW I have been surfing the blogs all day and the christians do not like this ad, they are riled up about this one, “blasphemous” was bandied around quite a bit. Methinks the McCain campaign may be running out of bullets for that foot.

  48. 48
    Ted says:

    I smell a smackdown from the base coming.

    I doubt it. They might have gained the ability to use that new-fangled “email” thing, but getting to YouTube would require some serious skills.

  49. 49
    D. Mason says:

    I’m not sure that ad works that well. If you don’t pay a lot of attention to the narration you might think it was almost pro-Obama.

    I think thats the intention. To make people who are only half paying attention think this is an Obama ad. If this were an Obama ad it would be damaging to him.

  50. 50
    Mary says:

    That’s it. I’m convinced. Screw the Magical Unity Pony, I’m voting for the turtle.

  51. 51
    nightjar says:

    This has nothing to do with race

    Your talking about the wingnut braintrust, unfortunately they only have one vote each and don’t add up to a large block. As far as rank and file GOP and certain blocks of labor democrats goes, to say it has nothing to do with race is purely pie in the sky type thinking. It is only a question of how many otherwise intended dem candidate voters (GOP and others) give in to their base fears and vote on those fears. I still think Obama will win, but I am not so naive to think it will be by much. My comment was about people who know the way they should (want) to vote, but willingly choose to use false charges (proxy for race) as an excuse to vote for the Republican. Otherwise, I hope your right, we shall see.

  52. 52
    Mac from Oregon says:

    If McNasty is so damned proud of this ad, where is the smiling face and voice over that says he approves this ad? They sure are big on using tremulous voices proclaiming Obamas good works but not proud enough for the rotting pustule faced old man to give us one of his Sardonic denture and polident flavored grins as he claims its all in good clean fun. Well its nice to know that the recent influx of oil exec money is going to a good cause, I hope they play this travesty until the money runs out.

  53. 53
    Delia says:

    Well, Walmart is all but ordering its employees to vote for McCain to help keep the unions out.

    I figure this is very good news for Obama.

  54. 54
    Conservatively Liberal says:

    I think thats the intention. To make people who are only half paying attention think this is an Obama ad. If this were an Obama ad it would be damaging to him.

    I agree. They are really digging to get the dreck off of the bottom of the Repuglican barrel, but they have nothing else to work with. McCain is a train wreck and Obama is killing him in the ‘popularity contest’, so to say. They are trying to kneecap Obama in any way they can, and they will only dig deeper in the barrel after each attempt fails. Expect it to get much worse, and real soon. The right is desperate and it shows.

    I hear that Daddy Bu$h called Rush Limpdick to wish him happy birthday, and he asked Rush if he has ‘heard from our guy Ailes’. I have nothing to add to that statement, it says it all for me.

  55. 55
    Punchy says:

    The choice is clear, even for those with half a brain

    This eliminates about 97% of Mississippi, 89% of Alabama, 88% of TX, and 100% of TN.

    You guys are SOOOOOOOOOOOO underplaying the effect of racism in this country.

  56. 56
    AkaDad says:

    To be fair, it really does take a maverick to mock religion.

  57. 57
    PeterJ says:

    OT, but…

    Bizarre Scene on the House Floor

    UPDATE 5:30 PM: It’s over. Approximately 20 minutes ago, the remaining members and staff on the floor sang “God Bless America,” chanted “U.S.A., U.S.A!” and then, finally, left the chamber. Since none of this was broadcast anywhere, you’re just going to have to take Capitol Briefing’s word for it. A safe and pleasant weekend to you all.

    Too bad that it wasn’t broadcasted. Hopefully someone will recreate the scene with handpuppets…

  58. 58
    Conservatively Liberal says:

    Too bad that it wasn’t broadcasted. Hopefully someone will recreate the scene with handpuppets…

    Olbermann ought to jump on this with his popsicle stick theater.

  59. 59
    Zifnab says:

    To be fair, it really does take a maverick to mock religion.

    Well, mocking major campaign contributors was growing a bit played out.

  60. 60
    nightjar says:

    UPDATE 5:30 PM: It’s over. Approximately 20 minutes ago, the remaining members and staff on the floor sang “God Bless America,” chanted “U.S.A., U.S.A!” and then, finally, left the chamber. Since none of this was broadcast anywhere, you’re just going to have to take Capitol Briefing’s word for it. A safe and pleasant weekend to you all.

    This is why we call them WINGNUTS! I was watching C-Span and they’ve got a Videophone inside for these fools to reach the outside world. Like they’re being held at the ultimate undisclosed location awaiting rescue from the evil democrats.

  61. 61
    NR says:

    John Heilemann on McCain’s latest tactics:

    But Weaver, Murphy, and McKinnon are no longer guiding McCain. Instead, the motor behind his operation now is Steve Schmidt, the shaven-headed strategist who earned his bones running Karl Rove’s war room in 2004, Frenchifying and de-war-heroizing John Kerry. What Schmidt and his associates have apparently concluded is that McCain’s weaknesses—on the election’s most salient issues and as a candidate—are so pronounced and Obama’s vulnerabilities so glaring that the low road is their guy’s best, and maybe only, route to the White House. They’ve concluded, in other words, that even if McCain may not be able to win the election in any affirmative sense, he might still wind up behind the big desk if he and his people can strip the bark off Obama with sufficiently vicious force.

  62. 62

    Zifnab:

    All evidence to the contrary, the baby boomer generation got hypnotized by the Rush Limbaugh media machine and bought into a very bad bill of goods.

    Age breakdown for McCain supporters:

    18-29 = 26%
    30-44 = 43%
    45-59 = 38%
    60+ = 47%

    Note the dip in McCain support for the Boomers. It looks like the generation just younger than the Boomers (X?) that “got hypnotized by the Rush Limbaugh media machine and bought into a very bad bill of goods.”

  63. 63
    John Cole says:

    NR: And part of stripping off the bark is turning him into an Al Sharpton aggrieved black guy, which is why they were so quick to gin up the race card bullshit yesterday (with assists from Klein and Tapper and the rest of the family friendly corporate overlords at ABC).

    They are making him the black candidate like the Clinton’s tried to- just the Republicans are much better and more practiced at race-baiting.

  64. 64
    Davis X. Machina says:

    Obama’s ace-in-sleeve will be the debates, IMO. McCain is a horrible ad-libber, prone to pause

    People who watched the 2000 debates thought Gore won.
    People who only watched the coverage of the 2000 debates thought Bush won.

    And the latter outnumbered the former.

  65. 65

    If Obama is Moses, how can he be bad for Israel?

  66. 66
    Davis X. Machina says:

    I still am convinced the Republicans will find a way to win in the fall.

    My prediction — McCain, with an EC majority, but a minority — actually, the second largest plurality — of the popular vote, facing a House that’s 250-185 Democratic, and a Senate that’s 59-41 Dem + Independent.

    Total governmental meltdown.

  67. 67
    Martin says:

    You guys are SOOOOOOOOOOOO underplaying the effect of racism in this country.

    Another benefit of the electoral college. If Mississippi is that bad (I have a hard time believing that the 45% of MS population that is black is racist against Obama, but I’ll go with it for a sec) then those electoral votes are as lost with 100% McCain as with 51% McCain. Obama is best off with them all piled up in the south.

    And good luck with McCain winning *anything* in the west or north if people assume he’s out there yelling ‘nigger’.

  68. 68
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Kerry and Gore never had it this good three months out from election day.

    Ask, and ye shall receive:

    Obama outperforming Kerry among nearly all demographics”

  69. 69
    replicnt6 says:

    This ad sucks so bad, I honestly didn’t believe it was real. So I went to johnmccain.com and there it was smack dab on the home page. Wow.

    The least they could have done was end it by saying that Obama’s obviously the antichrist.

    The sheer suck coming off the McCain campaign is mind boggling.

  70. 70
    zuzu's petals says:

    Careful, even by mocking these videos, we are helping McCain to WIN THE WEB WAR!!!

  71. 71
    zuzu's petals says:

    Re my last: imagine exclamation points.

  72. 72
    Leo says:

    As someone said on another site, this election isn’t a referendum on Obama, its a referendum on the American voter. If we elect McCain on the basis of this shit we might as well pack it up on this whole republic idea.

  73. 73
    Steve S. says:

    “They’re completely focused on Barack Obama and how popular he is.”

    Yes. Identfy his strength and turn it against him. Brilliant in its own malign way, though it may not be enough to turn the tide.

  74. 74
    jake says:

    Um.

    The cat’s fucked up the speakers again so I didn’t have sound (no loss). I thought originally they were going for Obama = Teh Anti-Christ but then they threw Moses in there.

    And not just any Moses, but Moses as portrayed by Republican Hero Numero Dos.

    Do these people have any fucking idea what they’re doing? Ever?

  75. 75
    Doug H. (Fausto no more) says:

    They are making him the black candidate like the Clinton’s tried to- just the Republicans are much better and more practiced at race-baiting.

    Nah, its that the Republicans’ audience is much more suited for race-baiting than the Dems.

    Right now, McCain is rallying the base by playing Grumpy McLibhater. The problem is that he’s fighting upstream with a pair of boatanchors named ‘Shit Economy’ and ‘George W. Bush’ looped around his neck. Yeah, he’s floating well now when Obama is keeping a lower profile, but come October I remain ambivalent that the situation will remain the same.

  76. 76
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    imagine exclamation points.

    I think you can get the exclamation points to show up by leaving spaces between them. Let’s try it:

    ZOMG ! ! !

  77. 77
    zuzu's petals says:

    hatLeftTurnInABQ Says:

    imagine exclamation points.

    I think you can get the exclamation points to show up by leaving spaces between them. Let’s try it:

    ZOMG ! ! !

    Thanks ! ! ! ! ! !

  78. 78
    Breschau says:

    Wow. Just… wow.

    “Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    And it’s only *August*? OMFG.

  79. 79
    Chris Johnson says:

    The thing that blows my mind is- I’ve seen fascists go into transports of delight over how much of a good Bush message is provided by- the new Batman movie.

    And now we can’t tell which was Bush, and which was Batman.

    The fabric of reality is REALLY breaking down.

    In that light, is it really safe for McCain to be doing an elaborate ad that does almost nothing but portray Obama in messianic terms?

    For FUCK’s sake, haven’t we been trained to blindly accept all messianic terms so long as it’s the President? is there ANY difference, ANY DIFFERENCE between what they’re saying about Obama and how they’d like people to view a Republican president?

    I think things are a LEETLE out of control by this point…

  80. 80
    CT says:

    I think their plan is to be sleazy now when few are paying serious attention, just to get the anti-Obama memes circulating, then flip to kindly Gramps mode in the fall and try and capture enough of the middle to win.

    But it seems that their ads are drawing much more mockery than anything else right now. I think the Obama counter of “is this all they can offer, with all the real problems facing America?” is a good way to go, but it should be hammered incessantly-“when all they have to offer is 4 more years of the failed policies of GW, of course they don’t want to talk about real issues.”

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    El Cruzado says:

    Obama’s ace-in-sleeve will be the debates, IMO. McCain is a horrible ad-libber, prone to pause

    People who watched the 2000 debates thought Gore won.
    People who only watched the coverage of the 2000 debates thought Bush won.

    And the latter outnumbered the former.

    While I agree with you, it’s also true that there was no youTube back in 2000. Many people now have the ability (and many of them use it) to avoid the middleman when it comes to political information and while I think the effect will still be there, it will be greatly muffled compared to 2000.

  82. 82

    Speaking of Bush or Batman, did you see Andrew Klavan’s OpEd in the Washington Post? I understand how a vague understanding of who Batman is might lead to some similarities, but people, Bush is definitely not Batman. I posted about that here, but man is it hard to try and consider that kind of BS a legitimate argument.

    But these are the same people who nod like they understand what the fuck “liberal fascism” is, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

  83. 83

    And that ad is ridiculous, but it’s nothing different than what RedState’s been yammering on about for months.

    Although it’s a very odd choice to make into an ad, and will only feed into the people who already believe it. The thing is, the ad never clearly states that it doesn’t believe that Obama is the Messiah. Considering that they’re campaigning for the “retarded” vote, I’m not sure that some people won’t think that McCain is affirming that indeed, Obama is Jesus, but please don’t vote for the savior.

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    slightly_peeved says:

    I’m guessing the next ad in this series is:

    “Barack Obama … if he’s so good, why don’t you MARRY him?”

    With their white male audience, they can go with the arrogance angle, the miscegenation angle, and the gay marriage angle all in one ad.

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    Genine says:

    :-O

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    Texas Dem says:

    “McCain indeed has nothing. But neither did Bush, and that dumbfuck somehow ended up being [technical] President. The shit has a proven track record, much as “we’re above that” does. We’re fucked.”

    Indeed we are. You can’t view these attacks in isolation. They have to be seen as part of an elaborate narrative that the GOP is constructing for the fall campaign. By themselves the Moses or Paris/Britney ads are clearly weak, but combine them with the other attacks that McCain is launching against Obama nearly every day and you begin to see a destructive political narrative. Obama is being gradually painted as an exotic, vaguely foreign, pampered liberal who is too far removed from “middle American” values to be trusted with the presidency. Throw in healthy doses of good old fashioned American racism (it was no accident that white, blond women were chosen for the Paris/Britney ad or that you see Obama playing basketball in the “wounded troops” ad) and you end up with a McCain Presidency.

    Remember that plenty of smart political observers didn’t pay any attention to the swiftboat ads against Kerry until it was too late. Only in retrospect could we clearly see how damaging those attacks really were.

    We’ve all seen this play before and we know how it will end. Repeat after me: “President McCain.” “President John McCain.”

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    Perry Como says:

    Yeah, he’s floating well now when Obama is keeping a lower profile, but come October I remain ambivalent that the situation will remain the same.

    Axelrod is leashed at the moment. I’d prefer to see him kept that way, but if this is the line the McRoves are taking… I’m investing in the dry cleaning industry. Chicago politics is about as dirty as it comes.

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    The Briscoe Kid says:

    On Hardball last night they had Leo Terrell on to defend the Obama camp. Leo Fucking Terrell, the OJ Simpson apologist! They couldn’t find someone with less racial baggage and more credibility to stick up for Obama?

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    Perry Como says:

    On Hardball last night they had Leo Terrell on to defend the Obama camp. Leo Fucking Terrell, the OJ Simpson apologist! They couldn’t find someone with less racial baggage and more credibility to stick up for Obama?

    The liberal media strikes again!

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    jack fate says:

    Can I hear an OMFG?

    Oh. My. Fucking. God.

    Ya know what though. . . What happens in September when McCain rediscovers his “religion” and the petulant smears are but a distant past most voters would rather forget and normally do?
    Never underestimate the potential and power of stupid people in large groups. Right now, seeds are being planted. The McCain camp will start to insist on “integrity” and “civility” only after said seeds take root and become a part of acceptable discourse.

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    ThymeZone says:

    Get a grip people. Seriously.

    McCain is not going to ride this wave of nonsense anywhere.

    Next week it’s the Olympics, then the conventions, then the real debates.

    Support your candidate. He’s a winner.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    On Hardball last night they had Leo Terrell on to defend the Obama camp. Leo Fucking Terrell, the OJ Simpson apologist! They couldn’t find someone with less racial baggage and more credibility to stick up for Obama?

    If the MSM can’t find anything bad on Obama to run with, the next best thing is to bring out detestable people to defend him. Obama has nothing to do with these people, but that little fact is not important to the MSM. Guilt by association, however non-existent that association is, works. Anything the MSM can do that generates outrage generates viewers and generates more advertising revenue.

    Hey, it’s only business! Gotta make money!

    I think the ‘summer silly political season’ is a creation of the MSM to drum up viewers for the slow summer season. If things are boring, people will not watch the news. So they generate ‘news’ and it pays off for them.

    There is no such thing as news, it is all propaganda. Whether it is pro-Obama/anti-McCain or anti-Obama and pro-McCain, it is all propaganda. We have to be the ones who monitor the bullshit indicators and decide what is fact and what is not, and most Americans are too stupid or lazy to do so.

    The press counts on this, as do the politicians. As long as the American people are fat and happy, they don’t care one bit about how this country is run. They have theirs, and nothing else matters to them.

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    ThymeZone says:

    Just a follow up to my last post (a few mins ago) ….

    I got a thank you mail from the Obama campaign, stating that over 100k people had made contributions yesterday alone, a huge day in what has been a remarkable a record-setting year in political contributions.

    McCain is firing up people …. Obama supporters. This stupid move of his is going to backfire.

    Let’s keep our eyes on the ball. This is not 2004, and people are pretty fed up. Paris Hilton ads are not going to carry the Republican to victory this year.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    While I agree with you, it’s also true that there was no youTube back in 2000…

    The median voter is 61 years of age, and broadcast television and radio are still far and away the most commonly used sources of information about the candidates.

    24 million every tune in each night for network news — six times cable news’ audience. And only 4% of all adults over 18 watch video online at home every day, and 14% watch once a week. In comparison, 93% of all adults spend at least an hour a day watching television.

    YouTube is not a game changer, not yet.

    More here

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    Crusty Dem says:

    Barack is Moses? WTF is next? Holy hell, I thought it was a parody, and after closer examination, I’m still not sure. Perhaps if it ended with “I’m John McCain, and I approve this steaming pile”, it’d be more believable.

    As noted above, I think this is an attempt to play the “Anti-Christ card” (and if so, kudos to the republicans for inventing that card). I think we need to work on possible future republican attack lines, the more ridiculous, the more likely:

    “Voting for Barack doesn’t make you gay, but it doesn’t exactly make you straight either..”

    “Barack Obama, he hasn’t raised the dead.”

    “John McCain. Definitely not mentioned in the book of revelations.”

    “Barack Obama says he has a health care plan, but he also says he’s never had an erection lasting more than four hours, John McCain has had several erections lasting up to 8 hours and nearly destroying his sexual function. Vote McCain”

    Also, could we have a list of apolitical people whom the McCain campaign has compared Barack Obama to (either verbally or graphically). This is just a starter:

    1) Moses
    2) Tiger Woods
    3) Paris Hilton
    4) Britney Spears
    5) Jesus

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    Crusty Dem says:

    Barack is Moses? WTF is next? Holy hell, I thought it was a parody, and after closer examination, I’m still not sure. Perhaps if it ended with “I’m John McCain, and I approve this steaming pile”, it’d be more believable.

    As noted above, I think this is an attempt to play the “Anti-Christ card” (and if so, kudos to the republicans for inventing that card). I think we need to work on possible future republican attack lines, the more ridiculous, the more likely:

    “Voting for Barack doesn’t make you gay, but it doesn’t exactly make you straight either..”

    “Barack Obama, he hasn’t raised the dead.”

    “John McCain. Definitely not mentioned in the book of revelations.”

    “Barack Obama says he has a health care plan, but he also says he’s never had an erection lasting more than four hours, John McCain has had several erections lasting up to 8 hours and nearly destroying his sexual function. Vote McCain”

    Also, could we have a list of apolitical people whom the McCain campaign has compared Barack Obama to (either verbally or graphically). This is just a starter:

    1) Moses
    2) Tiger Woods
    3) Paris Hilton
    4) Britney Spears
    5) Jesus

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    Doug H. (Fausto no more) says:

    YouTube is not a game changer, not yet.

    Sincerely,
    The Tigress of Tuzla

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    Doug H. (Fausto no more) says:

    We’ve all seen this play before and we know how it will end.

    Repeat to yourself: This is not 2004.

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    Blue Raven says:

    I’m glad I’m an atheist:

    And I’m glad I’m a pagan. Sweet Christ.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    I’m glad I’m an atheist:

    Well, if he is what they claim then they can’t stop him. Nor would it make any sense to do so since the ‘rapture ready’ nutbags should be cheering him on to win. After all, rapture is what they all want and it would make no sense to fight it, would it?

    This country is full of fucked up people. It seems that religion is the problem, not the solution.

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    oh really says:

    …what McCain will do as president – except prolong a war and make tax cuts permanent (which I am totally for – in peacetime.)

    Yeah, right. Because in peacetime the richest Americans still need all the money they can possibly get and the US doesn’t have any significant unmet needs. In peacetime we don’t need to cut the deficit or pay off the debt; neither do we need universal health care, nor to begin rebuilding the national infrastructure.

    Nope, in peace time the very best thing we could do would be to make George Bush’s tax cuts permanent. It’s no wonder Republicans win so many elections.

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    jake says:

    I think the ‘summer silly political season’ is a creation of the MSM to drum up viewers for the slow summer season. If things are boring, people will not watch the news. So they generate ‘news’ and it pays off for them.

    No point in spoiling the family barbeque with war coverage or anything. Plus the economy is tanking and that’s depressing so let’s ignore that and talk about Obama’s weight.

    Seriously, by the old calendar the silly season was July, August and a bit of September. Now it’s all year round. Must global climate change.

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    jeff says:

    At this point any PR is good PR for McCain. The dumb ads have you discussing him. They are successful in that respect.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Repeat after me: John McCain, Dead Man Walking

    If it comes down to it, root for the Iranians to win.

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    Tom says:

    The flip side of this ad would be the dems running an ad saying “John McCain is a 72-year old man” with images drooling Alzheimer patients hunched over in wheelchairs.

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    grandpajohn says:

    Get a grip people. Seriously.

    McCain is not going to ride this wave of nonsense anywhere.

    Exactly, come on people, forget these stupid tracking polls, those are designed to keep the suckers hooked and are always going to show a horse race. the only polls that matter are the state polls and the ones showing projected EV count. Check em out , all I have seen are showing Obama with 284 to over 300 EV,s this crap from Rasmussen and Gallup is MSM gotta have a horse race garbage. Check out their regular polls as compared to these crappy tracking polls and note the difference

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    harlana pepper says:

    maxbaer (not the original) Says:

    ‘I’m not sure that ad works that well. If you don’t pay a lot of attention to the narration you might think it was almost pro-Obama. I realize they’re still pushing the arrogant meme.’

    Yups. That was the point. The dumbfucks will be confused by all that religious imagery being associated with Obama.

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    harlana pepper says:

    Well, Obama says McCain campaign is not being racist, just cynical.

    I can’t wait for the next McCain attack ad cuz there is just no telling what they will dream up in response to this.

    Let me guess: old POW footage + ‘Obama says McCain is cynical about America. A man who has served his country in battle and suffered as a prisoner of war. How can anyone who loves this country soooo much be cynical about America?!’

    Any takers?

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    Nylund says:

    “What do you call the mouse shadow on the second moon of Arakis?”

    “We call that one, Obama.”

    “Could I be known as Barack Obama?”

    “You are Barack Obama, and your mother shall be a Sayyadina among us… We welcome you.”

    “The dream unfolds.”

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    Notorious P.A.T. says:

    Ok, that isn’t an actual McCain ad, right?

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    Tax Analyst says:

    Also, could we have a list of apolitical people whom the McCain campaign has compared Barack Obama to (either verbally or graphically). This is just a starter:

    1) Moses
    2) Tiger Woods
    3) Paris Hilton
    4) Britney Spears
    5) Jesus

    Except for Brittney, I’d vote for any of the others against McCain.

    Actually, considering what an asshole McCain, WTF…Brittney, too…although I’d worry a lot once she took office. No such problem with Paris…at least she knows how to handle money…shit, she gets about 2 mil to appear at a freaking fashion show.

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    Tax Analyst says:

    Well, shit-howdy…why didn’t I think of this before? Get Tiger Woods on the ticket with Obama. Even racists seem to like him.

    Whatta ticket!

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    Tax Analyst says:

    grandpajohn Says:

    Get a grip people. Seriously.

    McCain is not going to ride this wave of nonsense anywhere.

    Exactly, come on people, forget these stupid tracking polls, those are designed to keep the suckers hooked and are always going to show a horse race. the only polls that matter are the state polls and the ones showing projected EV count. Check em out , all I have seen are showing Obama with 284 to over 300 EV,s this crap from Rasmussen and Gallup is MSM gotta have a horse race garbage. Check out their regular polls as compared to these crappy tracking polls and note the difference

    Exactly. I did a little State poll-checking the other day and Obama looks very solid for 264 Electoral Votes in the following states:
    (CA,NY,IL,PA,MI,NJ,MA,WA,MD,MN,WI,CT,IA,OR,NM,HI,ME,NH,RI,DE,VT,& DC).

    McCain looks good for 176, with 108 still fairly close. Among those close calls is Colorado with 9 EV, but CO seems to lean over towards Obama by about 3% right now. That would mean 273 – enough to win. Florida (27EV), Ohio (20EV)& Virginia (13EV) are very close and could go either way, although I think Obama will carry at least one of them. Various polls in those three states show both candidates ahead by small margins, generally 2% or less. McCain leads by maybe 3% to 5% in NC (15EV), MO (11 EV – which I’ve already included in McCain’s EV total), SD (3EV), and ND(3EV). NV (5EV) currently shows Obama slightly ahead, although I’m not especially confident there. MT (3EV) actually shows a 1% Obama lead in the last poll, but I also consider that very iffy.

    So in the Electoral College things look pretty promising, although not completely safe. Remember that at this point the 264 I show for Obama look very solid and I think the 9EV in Colorado look relatively secure.

    Yeah, it’s going to be MUCH closer than it ought to be considering what a fuck-wit candidate John McCain truly has proven himself to be. I’m afraid McCain’s “Beware the scary black man” candidacy is going to influence way too many voter’s, but I’m looking at that to lock down mostly states McCain figured to win anyway and not to tip any of Obama’s solid states. How many Florida, Ohio, & Virginia voters will dive into the mire with McCain? I guess that’s the big question, but without McCain having any positive platform to run on I don’t think he’ll prevail in all 3 of them.

    Hope not, anyway.

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