Thursday, July 31, 2008

Confused McCain Can't Understand Obama's Popularity

Therefore, he lashes out with racist, unpatriotic lines of attack that I'm sure he doesn't really mean. You see he has a lot of bad dudes around him right now and I'm not sure he has a grip on what's going on in his campaign. He's running an old-fashioned, Karl Rove-style race.

John McCain's latest hysterical attack ad against Barack Obama is a real piece of work.

Utilizing the special expertise of adviser Terry Nelson, Senator McCain is going to try his luck at this whole subliminal race-baiting thing.

I don't think it's unfair to call it that. Josh Marshall gets it right:

As I alluded to at the top of this post, it is the norm that obvious campaign tactics that are treated as obvious after a campaign is over are nonetheless treated by most reporters as ambiguous or unclear during a campaign. But in this case it would be nice if that were not the case. Because here we have a candidate, John McCain, who is running on a record of straight talk and honorable campaigning running a campaign made up mainly of charges reporters are now more or less acknowledging are lies. But there's precious little drawing together of the contradiction. What's more, as everyone will acknowledge after the campaign, the McCain campaign is now pushing the caricature of Obama as a uppity young black man whose presumptuousness is displayed not only in taking on airs above his station but also in a taste for young white women.

At the time, the GOP categorically denied that the ads run against Harold Ford in Tennessee in 2006 had any racial overtones. But now it can safely be discussed as largely undisputed fact.

Right now, the McCain camp is trying to win an election by pigeonholing Senator Obama into a racial stereotype. Period.

There are many moderate Republicans out there that were enthused by John McCain's primary victory. In their minds, John McCain's rise to the top of the ticket signaled that the GOP could indeed run an honorable, policy-based campaign that rises above the traditional tactics of character assassination.

But now it would appear that John McCain cares more about winning an election than he does being an honorable man.

Now, to set aside the racial undertones of McCain's latest ad and the allegations of treachery from another recent ad, this attempt to mock Senator Obama's popularity is laughably risky.

John McCain does realize that an important part of the November election is winning more votes than your opponent, doesn't he? Perhaps it is not wise to remind voters that Obama draws huge crowds, inspires young people, and is extremely popular and respected throughout the world.

So in other words, John McCain counters Obama's "bad" popularity with "good" unpopularity. It is important for US presidents to be so boring and/or hated that they don't go abroad, draw the interest of young people, or attract any kind of positive attention for the US.

"John McCain: Just stay in tonight, America. Stay at home and watch Matlock reruns."

The question that remains is whether or not outrage over the despicable subliminal racist intonations will out pace laughter over McCain's totally out-of-touch condemnation of Obama's popularity.

It childishly reduces McCain's honor AND it makes Obama look popular.

I just talked myself into being in favor of this ad.

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