August 1, 2008President '08
Now c’mon, that’s gotta make you chuckle a little bit…
It’s a waste of political time and energy to review political ads. The ads are just that, ads. They are fluff from the candidates and have no more real meaning than advising Mr. Whipple not to squeeze the Charmin.
Why waste time and space reviewing useless time and space.
We’ll remember that when you’re all googly-eyed over the latest Obama ad.
I read the papers and I watch the news on TV and I ignore political ads from all parties. What part of this don’t you understand?
GO TO YOUTUBE.COM
ENTER JOHN MCCAIN IN THE SEARCH BOX
Old Time Lacky,
So what do you do when the ads are in the news? That’s the genius of this latest ad campaign: a simple ad, which (truth be told) wouldn’t have to air anywhere but on YouTube, has generated thousands of news reports on their content, and the aggregate effect is to enlighten the broader public about the off-putting Obamessiah factor.
The old Bush political campaigners are on loan to the McCain campaign and are responsible for the “genius” of the latest ads. Marc gladly accepts all of this garbage without thought or question.
” Now c’mon, that’s gotta make you chuckle a little bit…”
The only people chuckling are the ones at the RNC at how rubes like Marc eat this up.
These ads are a stroke of brilliance.
It’s not because the ads themselves have much impact on individual voters.
It’s because they are completely driving the mainstream media coverage of the campaign, and the Obama campaign — amateurs that they are — feel compelled to respond to the ads.
These Dems are so determined not to repeat Sen. Kerry’s “non-response” to the Swift Boat ads that the McCain “rope a dope” strategy is working every time.
Here’s the cycle:
1. McCain runs a clever ad mocking Sen. Obama;
2. Sen. Obama on the campaign trail responds personally to the ad;
3. Cable chat shows replay ad with Sen. Obama’s response to it;
4. Cable news analysts conduct roundtable discussion about ad, replaying it a couple of more times for good measure.
5. Repeat step 1.
If McCain wins — and I still think that pretty unlikely — his campaign’s ability to play Sen. Obama like a puppet on a string will have been a critical factor.
August 2, 2008 Op-Ed Columnist Running While Black By BOB HERBERT Gee, I wonder why, if you have a black man running for high public office — say, Barack Obama or Harold Ford — the opposition feels compelled to run low-life political ads featuring tacky, sexually provocative white women who have no connection whatsoever to the black male candidates. Spare me any more drivel about the high-mindedness of John McCain. You knew something was up back in March when, in his first ad of the general campaign, Mr. McCain had himself touted as “the American president Americans have been waiting for.” There was nothing subtle about that attempt to position Senator Obama as the Other, a candidate who might technically be American but who remained in some sense foreign, not sufficiently patriotic and certainly not one of us — the “us” being the genuine red-white-and-blue Americans who the ad was aimed at. Since then, Senator McCain has only upped the ante, smearing Mr. Obama every which way from sundown. On Wednesday, The Washington Post ran an extraordinary front-page article that began: “For four days, Senator John McCain and his allies have accused Senator Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.” Evidence? John McCain needs no evidence. His campaign is about trashing the opposition, Karl Rove-style. Not satisfied with calling his opponent’s patriotism into question, Mr. McCain added what amounted to a charge of treason, insisting that Senator Obama would actually prefer that the United States lose a war if that would mean that he — Senator Obama — would not have to lose an election. Now, from the hapless but increasingly venomous McCain campaign, comes the slimy… Read more »
McCain? Patriotic hero, or piece of stinking crud? Both! No one ever went broke underestimating the capacity of the average American voter to be overwhelmed by right-wing racial and religious fear and libel.
How far are we from ads claiming that Obama instructed the 9-11 pilots on how to fly jets into tall buildings?
Yes, that’s a ridiculous statement. No more so, however, than what’s been coming out of the McCain campaign lately.
If McCain can’t stand up to a guy whose cohorts called him mentally unstable, claimed his wife was a junkie and called his adopted child illegitmate, why should we believe he can stand up to America’s enemies?
Yeah, rhody- and those were just the things Bush and his cronies called McCain.
Obama’s crime? Acting too presidential So the pundits’ verdict is in: Obama is too confident. It all would be funny if many people didn’t seem to be inhaling this multimedia stink bomb as if it were fragrant truth. By JAMES RAINEY ON THE MEDIA August 4, 2008 America, meet Barack The Arrogant. Did you hear, this guy’s already talking about redecorating the Lincoln Bedroom? Or that a few weeks back, he stood behind a podium bearing a faux presidential seal? The young upstart from Illinois has even got his minions planning a White House transition! We have reporters, columnists and TV talking heads to thank for exposing these outrageous displays. So apparently the verdict is in: Sen. Barack Obama, too confident to govern. It all would be quite funny if many people didn’t seem to be inhaling this multimedia stink bomb as if it were fragrant truth. I’ve spent a few days on the campaign trail with Obama and know people who’ve traveled with him for months. I wouldn’t argue that portrayals of the candidate as occasionally aloof, or a little professorial, are imagined. But it’s a long ways from, in the words of Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, acting like “the presumptuous nominee” whose “biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris.” Milbank, who is often wickedly revealing, last week seemed mostly wicked as he turned benign campaign tableau — an Obama motorcade, a talk with the Treasury secretary, a “pep rally” with congressional Democrats — into evidence that Obama thinks he’s already the winner. Milbank at least leavened his thesis with humor, unlike others piling on the campaign to turn Barack into Slick Barry. Fox News host Sean Hannity told viewers last week how “presumptuous” Obama had become. Proof: The candidate told congressional… Read more »