As NYMag‘s Daily Intel reminds us:
Using out-of-context quotes in attack ads is quintessential campaigning. Mitt Romney recently said that practice was “fair game.”
The Conventional Wisdomeers may harrumph about “taking advantage of an old man’s senile dementia”, but I believe John McCain just hates Willard Romney so much that he can’t even shape his mouth around That Name.
Watch for the Very Serious Pundits to seize upon this joke as exactly equivalent to the weird “Don’t vote for Huntsman, adopter of non-white children and probable Manchurian Candidate” YouTube. Both sides!