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McCain Steps Up Celebrity Attack

Posted on Aug 6, 2008

John McCain has found a theme he likes and he’s sticking with it: Barack Obama is popular and that’s bad. Much worse, apparently, than the Reagan-era economic philosophy the presumed Republican nominee is peddling.

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The Obama campaign’s response to the above ad can be found here.


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By Clap Board, August 9, 2008 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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If Obama is too aloof or too stupid to respond to the incessant and growing attacks on his character from McBush and his henchmen, he’s obviously not up to performing the tasks of the presidency.

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By Cran Berry, August 9, 2008 at 5:44 am Link to this comment
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Ad Hominem - that’s what’s used when one lacks substance of one’s own. McCain has nothing to say, nothing to offer. But we must be extremely cautious. Obama cannot allow continuing attacks on his person no matter how stupid they are. He must respond with force now, not later. Remember what happened to Kerry. Perhaps voters learned something from his loss. Maybe. But Obama cannot count on that. If he doesn’t respond, he might as well pull out now and save a few bucks.

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By VietnamVet, August 8, 2008 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

McCain just does not have anything else to offer! He has admitted that he does not know much about economics. He certainly cannot run on the last seven plus years, which have been a Bush disaster, he cannot disassociate himself from Bush as he has voted with the GOPer 95% of the time, his lame attempt to put a positive touch to the Iraq war is questionable at best, and the list goes on and on. The only thing he has left is to invent new ways to personally attack Obama. Then, if someone would take on the task of Swift Boating his actions on that aircraft carrier off Vietnam, his already dead meat would start to smell to high heaven! Where are those folks on that carrier that went through that disaster that rumor has it was McCain created?

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By ocjim, August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

John McCain learned from a Rove-orchestrated whispering campaign in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary in 2000. Rove’s smear suggested that McCain fathered an illegitimate black child. There was nothing random about the slur. McCain was campaigning with his dark-skinned daughter, Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh.

What did McCain learn?

He has learned to orchestrate his own smears against Obama. The specialty of Rove-Bush campaigns is character assassination. You take the strength of your opponent and turn it into a weakness.

Now John McCain, wedded to a failed Bush and having little substance to offer, has imported operatives from Karl Rove’s political chop-shop, among them Charlie Condon who helped spread the illegitimate child smear against McCain years ago in South Carolina. Perhaps even the amoral Rove has secretly joined the campaign on an advisory basis.

Rove’s tactics have always been to attack the strength of your opponent and thus emotionally derail him or her, and this tactic has dated back to the 1980s.

Obama’s strength is his popularity, his charisma.

Using mockery McCain is trying to undermine, at the level of emotions, Obama’s charisma and the passions his candidacy stirs both in the US and around the world.

Obama is intelligent and logical and probably does not take the nonsense of McCain ads seriously. This was also a failing of John Kerry.

So if the stupidity of McCain’s ads lulls Obama’s campaign into believing they need not take them seriously, look at John Kerry’s campaign when the Swift-boat ads were airing.

Obama need only comment on McCain’s many snafus and his allegiance to the failed George W. Bush policies.
One parry might refer to the failed years of Bush with McCain’s support, losing the respect of our allies. Obama need only show a video of him in Europe speaking with admiring crowds and conferring with attentive leaders. European leaders would no longer be ashamed of American leadership.

From the many selections brought to us by McCain, Obama needs to show videos of just some of McCain’s many gaffes: his obvious ignorance concerning economics, his technical challenges, his lapses in memory, and Liebermann whispering in his ear concerning a gaffe about Iran’s supplying al Qaeda.

Because Kerry did not take the Swift-boat attacks seriously, we have been saddled with four more dreadful years of Bush.

In spite of Bush’s messianic complex, God did not bring us the Plague, George W. Bush.

We did.

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By Pacrat, August 7, 2008 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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What a disgusting old man!

Imagine that living fossil McCain pimping his wife to that crowd of bikers who represent America (well, at least some of the bikers part of it)!

Imagine the wannabe celebrity creep in the White House! Shudder! Shudder!

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By troublesum, August 6, 2008 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

Obama should take a page from the Paris Hilton ad.  Show some really old people walking with cains and walkers while the voice-over says, “He’s the oldest candidate for president in history…. will he be too constipated to lead?  More fiber may be the answer to his energy needs, but how will it help the country?”

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