Wednesday, October 08, 2008

McCain's 'Folks' Ad - Huh?

Is John McCain still trying to win this election, or has he decided that Obama really is the better man?

This ad makes me wonder.


    Who is Barack Obama?

    The National Journal says he’s the senate’s most liberal. How extreme.

    But when pressed, how does he defend himself?

    “They’re not tellin’ the truth!”

    “I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying.”

    Mr. Obama, we all know the truth.

    “Folks are lying.”

    “Folks are lying.”

    Not presidential.

    I’m John McCain, and I approve this message.
Um... what?

Maybe letting your opponent call you a liar in your own ad and leaving the assertion completely unchallenged is a winning strategy, and I'm just not sophisticated enough to appreciate its brilliance. I am willing to allow for that possiblity.

And maybe repeating the hoary old "most liberal" accusation is an effective substitute for making a positive case for yourself. Again, anything is possible.

But to me, this ad, from its content to its production values, isn't fit for a village constable's race, much less a presidential campaign.

Has McCain given up?

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