Josh Marshall, yesterday:
In a sense the revelations of Mark Penn’s ‘xenophobia’ memos is old news, a post-mortem on a campaign that was all-consuming three months ago and now part of history. But seeing the memos beyond the message is instructive, highly instructive for another reason.
During the campaign there was a lot of clucking about whether the campaign’s message just accidentally stumbled on to charged words and associations. And now we can see what was obvious at the time — that the people in charge of the message weren’t sloppy and unlucky but rather what you would expect, professionals following a detailed plan.
Now how about Sen. McCain? You see his ads lining Obama up with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, a new ad with the tagline “hot chicks dig Obama” (yes, those are the actual words in McCain’s ad) and countless montages of Obama as pop music sensation. How do you think McCain’s memos read?
Only the deeply naive or the deliberately oblivious — which regrettably includes the greater number of the people covering the campaign — don’t know the answer to that question.
Today’s Campaign Contest: Count the Young White Women in McCain’s Anti-Obama Video
August 12, 2008 9:30 AM
How many young white women professing adoration for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, can you count in this anti-Obama web video that the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, was sending out yesterday?
One…two…three…four…sure are a lot of young white women in this thing….
Why do you think they put so many young white women professing their love for Obama in what is clearly an anti-Obama video? What would possibly be negative about young white women liking Sen. Obama?
Posted at 3:08 PM on 8/12/2008 by Michael Goldfarb
Celebrities Fight Back
Obama’s celebrity friends are bringing their considerable resources to bear in this election, hosting fundraisers at their estates in Geneva, offering advice on Middle East policy, and now threatening this campaign with legal action over our latest ad, “Fan Club.”
Poor Michael. That was such good snark.
On a serious note, has a presidential campaign ever run such a ridiculous campaign? Who does McCain think he is? Shecky Greene? I half expect the next campaign commercial to be John McCain erecting a festivus pole to tell us all how Obama has let him down in the last year.
I am not a stuffed shirt, I have a good sense of humor, but the McCain campaign is just a joke, not Obama. It really is just silly and, I hate it when people say this, unpresidential.
*** Update ***
The ad is back at a different location. Apparently copyright issues and not the result of cooler heads in the McCain camp asking themselves “WTF are we doing?” Which, I guess, is not at all surprising when you have types like Goldfarb and Schmidt running the show.