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Friday, March 28, 2008
McCain's First General Election Ad
This is very good stuff. One of the many things that McCain has going for him is that whoever's cutting his ads has a light, subtle, and slightly sublime touch.
Though, best of all, the ad demonstrates that the McCain campaign is prepared to launch a devastating flank assault on Obama. Notice the way that they contrast McCain's experience, courage, and patriotism with Obama's seeming lack of the same. Without even mentioning anyone else's name, I should add.
It's perfect. This is where the McCain campaign needs to be. Strong on the issues - in particular making the case on the economy - but focusing on McCain's very strong personal appeal and heroic image.
Others, including yours truly, will be more than prepared to take the low road with regard to Obama.
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I think it's a good advertisement, Adam. I don't like McCain (surprise!), but I think this campaign ad will do a lot of work for him.
One question: At the end, it says "The American President Americans have been waiting for." What's the use of the first mention of "American"? Why didn't they just say "The President Americans have been waiting for"?
Are they trying to remind voters that McCain is, in fact, an American? Are they taking a shot at Obama? (Incidentally, I'm not making a big deal out of it, I'm merely curious).
Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-03-29 2:08:03 PM
The voiceover has a menacing tone.
I don't think Bush 41 or Dole used their military service in their ads. I didn't like it when Kerry did, and I don't like McCain using it either.
Posted by: Joan Tintor | 2008-03-29 10:08:04 PM
Yeah, I get it, he's a war hero. Geez. That is relevent because? Doesn't change the Keating 5 scandal. Nor the fact that McCain hates Republicans and will work with the scummiest Democrats like Kennedy to turn America into Taco Time.
Posted by: Faramir | 2008-03-30 12:20:43 AM
McCain is a true war hero, Kerry was a true war zero, there is a difference.
It is relevant because although many people like to bury their head in the sand and say it doesn't matter, it does.
America is at war, and needs a war time leader.
Those who think that electing pacifists who simply say they will end all wars, give everyone a big hug and a pat on the head, and bring the troops home, are totally disconnected from reality.
For all his faults McCain is eminently more qualified than either of the idiots running against him.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-30 8:24:39 AM
According to some of the polls i've seen 70% of Americans oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.I think McCain gets this and will disown his pro amnesty bill if only to placate the republican base he alienated by "reaching across the aisle" for a "compromise" solution to the illegal alien problem.
If Americans have to choose between John McCain or the likes of someone of Barrak Obama's ilk I predict McCain in a landslide.
His first order of business will be calling out the National Guard to restore order as "protesters" promptly set about burning their cities to the ground.
Posted by: robert | 2008-03-30 11:33:55 AM
"His first order of business will be calling out the National Guard to restore order as "protesters" promptly set about burning their cities to the ground."
I totally agree with you robert.
It's funny, one of the democratic talking points awhile back on the Iraq war was "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a better result, this describes the rebublicans war strategy."
Of course that was ridiculous, bit it certainly applies to the democrats when it comes to offering up presidential candidates.
Once again they have offered up two totally unelectable candidates, but that doesn't stop the totally corrupt press who are have endeavored to elevate Obama to some sort of phony god like status, when he is simply an unelectable far left liberal.
Of course they would never consider putting the blame where it truly belongs, with themselves for not coming up with a truly moderate, electable candidate.
I believe their anger and frustration could very possibly spill over into an all out race war.and anarchy.
The party who promises to bring the country together, will set about burning it down in anger.
Sad really, I believe the US would have no problem electing either a woman, or a black man.
Just not that shrieking, angry moonbat, or the radical far left, fascist Obama.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-30 12:32:23 PM
as for mccain's experience
Posted by: non | 2008-04-01 11:19:28 PM
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