Video: Time for another bad McCain ad

posted at 9:16 pm on April 15, 2008 by Allahpundit

He’s segued from the awful fake-profound These Things I Believe spots to the awful fake-substantive Vague To The Point Of Meaninglessness issue spots. Granted, it’s exceptionally hard to address the economy in 30 seconds, especially when you can’t roll out any anti-incumbent tearjerkers featuring people who have lost their jobs. But this looks like a Romney ad minus the impressive bio and larded up with empty promises to fix everything but the kitchen sink.

Then again, no one’s voting for Maverick for his economic acumen so I guess the plan is to talk bold, smile, and hope no one presses him too hard on the particulars.


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Sigh…

malan89 on April 15, 2008 at 9:19 PM

And not call blue collar workers xenophobic gun nuts.

funky chicken on April 15, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Or call a grown black man “boy” or step on his dick.

I’d say “mission accomplished”

funky chicken on April 15, 2008 at 9:28 PM

malan89 on April 15, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Heh…Vote or Die Mother *%$#%^!

Squid Shark on April 15, 2008 at 9:32 PM

It needs a injection of emotion.
So the left will feel better!

canopfor on April 15, 2008 at 9:32 PM

…so I guess the plan is to talk bold, smile, and hope no one presses him too hard on the particulars.

Why does McCain’s plan sound familiar?

logis on April 15, 2008 at 9:36 PM

What? No mention of a border fence? Isn’t that tied to the economy?

SouthernGent on April 15, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Heh…Vote or Die Mother *%$#%^!

Stan–”Vote or Die? What does that even mean?”
Diddy–”What you think it means, bi**h!”

malan89 on April 15, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Well, he did only have 30 seconds. Suggest we confiscate all televisions in America and replace them with internet-connected computers. Time problem solved. DVDs still watchable.

kc8ukw on April 15, 2008 at 9:46 PM

I don’t care what his ads say…To me he is a modern day George Washington compared to the racist marxist and the old hippie hag…

Nozzle on April 15, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Allah, you can stop bashing Romney…He’s not running. You can save them for 2012…

Nozzle on April 15, 2008 at 9:53 PM

It’s a staff problem. It’s their job to fill in particulars if he doesn’t have any for them. His staff sucks. It’s like they’re working in a vacuum. You have to drill down and connect principles to particulars. These people are rank amatuers.

The Apologist on April 15, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Fortunately, it’s still spring training in Maverickland. Like an aging pitcher coming back from rehab in the wilds of suburban Phoenix in late February, McCain has time for a bad outing or two (or three, or four) with his message, because no one’s paying attention due to the steel cage death match going on between Hillary and Obama. Bad ads like this can be blown off in April, if they help the candidate and his handlers figure out what really does work come the summer and fall.

My concern is, based on past history, the McCain people are going to try and rest on all the smoke that’s been blown up the candidate’s keister over the past decade on how wonderful and independent he is, and won’t take this time to actually hone the message on what he actually plans to do as president in preparation for the inevitable attacks that will come when — Barak or Hillary — McCain discovers the media doesn’t love him any more and start saying Maverick’s too old and has no issues other than the Iraq war to run on.

jon1979 on April 15, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Who needs particulars. The democrats platform is based on lack of detail. McAmnesty is just playing to the ignorant masses who will decide the next president. He should be for more hope, more change, and really taking the government back.

trs on April 15, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Most people here know I am anti-McCain. That said, I find this ad scary. Take the best ideas from both sides? Like bring all of mexico here? Like destroy the economy thru ethenol? Like refusing to drill our own oil while allowing china to drill our oil? Like congressional investagations into all powerful consertives hoping to find a broken law? Like giving up our strategic oil reserves?

This is why I dislike McCain.

allrsn on April 15, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Congratulations Republican voters, this is what you get for being asleep during the primaries.

EJDolbow on April 15, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Congratulations Republican voters, this is what you get for being asleep during the primaries.

No no no no no!
More like…
“Congratulations moron independent and cross over Dem voters, you’ve successfully killed the Republican Party.”

malan89 on April 15, 2008 at 10:19 PM

“John McCain will take the best ideas from both parties to spur innovation, invest in people and create jobs”

The Left has good ideas? Who knew!

Cicero43 on April 15, 2008 at 10:21 PM

uh…like wow…I am soooooo inspired, not.

zero good candidates in the election

I got a bad feeling about this.

Roger Waters on April 15, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Then again, no one’s voting for Maverick for his economic acumen so I guess the plan is to talk bold, smile, and hope no one presses him too hard on the particulars.

Particulars, especially in 30-second ads, are not what gets you voters. Smiling and talking boldly does. The electorate, on average, isn’t particularly smart to comprehand the particulars anyway.

AlexB on April 15, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Forgot to add: I like the ad a lot, with extra points for the bi-partisan message. When he says it it’s actually believable.

AlexB on April 15, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Did they at least spell his name right this time?

ErikTheRed on April 15, 2008 at 10:53 PM

John McCain’s ads have been FANTASTIC!

Way better and uplifting compared to the gloom and doom Obama and Clinton put out.

I really liked “624787″

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-QYIP7o2-A

“Man in the Arena” was also awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_A53PAxeR8

They inspire me.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst,
if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt,
April 23, 1910

I will proudly and enthusiasticly support John McCain for President.

angryamerican on April 15, 2008 at 10:54 PM

I don’t know why this story is been hidden. Conservatives don’t have a voice, it looks like.

McCain’s GOP critics in Arizona continue to press their case

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press Writer 55 minutes ago

Sen. John McCain’s status as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has done little to ease the criticism he faces from a small but vocal group of conservatives in his home state.

A week ago, Republican activists living in the same state legislative district as McCain rejected nearly all the names his campaign submitted as candidates to become delegates to the party’s state convention on May 10.

Six people on McCain’s slate eventually became delegates, said Rob Haney, the district’s Republican chairman and McCain’s most prominent critic in Arizona.

“The people who know him like him the least. He is a media darling, so the general population doesn’t know his record — and conservatives do,” Haney said, though noting he doesn’t believe the development could derail McCain’s campaign.

The group of conservatives has dogged McCain since he first ran for Congress in 1982, objecting to his views on illegal immigration and campaign finance, among other issues. They rallied around him during the “Keating Five” scandal but were turned off by his moderate positions in the 2000 presidential race.

While the group has at times been an embarrassment, McCain remains strong in Arizona. The latest polls show him with a sizable lead in the state in matchups against either of his two Democratic rivals.

State delegates will meet in Mesa on May 10 to pick Arizona’s 50 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

McCain has responded to the criticism in the past by saying he’s confident he has support from an overwhelming majority of Arizonans.

Sean McCaffrey, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, said many of the names McCain’s campaign submitted weren’t accepted as delegates for his home district, but cautioned against interpreting the results as a swipe against McCain.

Jeff Sadosky, a McCain campaign spokesman, would only say that the senator is confident he will win his home state in November.

“Senator McCain has very quickly been able to pull together the overwhelming majority of Republican voters across the country and is now able to expand his campaign to open-minded independents and Democrats,” he said.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080416/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_arizona_critics&printer=1;_ylt=AkdN33RMHIn1QYnYKFsMmbph24cA

Indy Conservative on April 15, 2008 at 10:56 PM

John McCain will take the best ideas from both parties to spur innovation, invest in people and create jobs

I hope this doesn’t mean what I think it means – more leftist social programs.

jaime on April 15, 2008 at 11:01 PM

i liked it.

trailortrash on April 15, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Look, we all know McCain is pathetic on all domestic policy fronts. He’s a very big long-time MSM kiss-asser and is so undependable that most Republicans are going to vote for him in November while wearing noseclips. We’re simply voting AGAINST Hillary/Obama.

He could stick a dandelion up his kazoo and run around naked, barking like a seal and he’d still get our votes. (Sometimes I think that he’s almost crazy enough to do just that!)

He could run more Bob Dole loser ads with black and white photos, but what the hell would that do anymore? We know what he did thirty-seven years ago, but what will he do now, or at least since they stopped using slide rules? He’s been in Congress and the Senate for several decades. He needs to stop talking about Hanoi and start talking about DC.

McCain should know that he’s just a placeholder for the time when we Republicans finally get a real candidate that will walk the walk when he (or she) talks the talk. He got barely 35% of the Primary votes cast in the first and critical rounds of Primaries. that’s pretty pathetic.

TexasJew on April 15, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Nice TR quote there.

funky chicken on April 15, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Particulars, especially in 30-second ads, are not what gets you voters. Smiling and talking boldly does. The electorate, on average, isn’t particularly smart to comprehand the particulars anyway.
AlexB on April 15, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Smiling, talking boldly, and assuming the voters are all idiots….

That is what will separate the Republicans from the Democrats this year.

In other words: this race is going to come down to skin color; and John McCain is going to lose.

logis on April 15, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Kind of weak. Ideas on economy from both parties? Like what would he borrow from the Democrats? Clearly, a 30 minute ad will be vague but the standard mantra would do fine: low taxes, controlled spending, trade…

freevillage on April 15, 2008 at 11:43 PM

funky chicken on April 15, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Ish.. language..

Chakra Hammer on April 15, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Here is how to make a political commercial and do it RIGHT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNdNQerrw7E&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1bmFoYPPo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpwdcmjBgNA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzfF6E-tx7o

Seriously, how complicated is this?

logis on April 16, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Smiling, talking boldly, and assuming the voters are all idiots…
logis on April 15, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Most people are. Gotta talk to them on their level.

AlexB on April 16, 2008 at 12:41 AM

At this point, I don’t think McCain is trying to win people over. He’s trying to remain visible without giving Barak and Shrillery something to shoot at–because if they start shooting at him, they won’t be shooting at each other. So long as they are shooting at each other, Dems will be scurrying away to avoid the ugliness. If the McCain umbrella is up and visible, they may come over and sit under it. But if he makes a target of himself, it can all change.

njcommuter on April 16, 2008 at 1:00 AM

Sigh…

malan89 on April 15, 2008 at 9:19 PM

What?

Reaps on April 16, 2008 at 3:33 AM

I wonder what the 1.2 trillion dollar investment in the global warming hoax is for? You know, McCain-Lieberamn, oops sorry that’s Warner-Lieberamn so you don’t notice who is behind it. Funny how the name change just popped out of the blue.

Reminds me of Bob “it’s his turn” Dole without the charm and charisma of the original

tarpon on April 16, 2008 at 8:41 AM

I’d go for not pumping out so many ads and spending a little dough on making the campaign website a place you actually would want to go to.

seanhackbarth on April 16, 2008 at 2:31 PM