New DNC ad: Even the AP isn’t buying

posted at 6:30 pm on April 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Via Jim Geraghty, the AP has some trouble choking on the DNC’s Sing-Along with Obama ad. They use the same misleading snippets of John McCain’s comments on the economy as Barack Obama, even after Obama’s version got thoroughly debunked. The AP calls this “commonplace”, but that hardly sounds like Hope and Change does it?

As Jim Geraghty says:

I would note, this selective quoting has become commonplace among the Democrats. McCain hasn’t run a negative ad yet, and to the best of my knowledge, I don’t think he’s quoted either of his opponents on the campaign trail. (If someone remembers McCain offering a similar half-quote of Obama, let me know.)

Is this the way they’re going to play it? They can’t score points on what McCain actually argues, so they have to take part of his answer, cut off the rest, and hope nobody notices?

It shows a recognition of the predicament in which Howard Dean finds himself. He has two lightweight candidates who have to square off against a Republican with more experience than both combined. McCain hasn’t made any mistakes, so instead of waiting for one, both Obama and the DNC have decided to make one up out of whole cloth.

If this is all they can do, it’s going to be a long and brutal 2008.


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[Dean] has two lightweight candidates who have to square off against a Republican with more experience than both combined.

Bingo! I just hope McCain is saving major fire for the general. He really doesn’t need to do much yet.

SouthernGent on April 21, 2008 at 6:34 PM

This is another reason McCain needs to pick Mitt as his running mate.

Mitt loves going after Obama and Clinton and started doing so very early on the campaign trail.

EJDolbow on April 21, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Ah, the Democrats’ refreshing “new” politics.

But why does it sound so much like the old, sleazy stuff?

AZCoyote on April 21, 2008 at 6:37 PM

I just hope McCain is saving major fire for the general.

SouthernGent

As long as his staff keeps a running track on Obama’s foot and mouth disease he’ll be fine.

darwin on April 21, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Even though they are lying shamelessly, that is an effective ad. Nobody will know what the context of McCain’s comments were. Nobody will hear the Republican clarification of McCain’s comments. All they will hear is that ad and it will serve its purpose. Shameless.

Zetterson on April 21, 2008 at 6:39 PM

From the headline story:

But the Iranians’ interest is also driven by a sense among many Iranians that the candidacy of Barack Obama offers real hope for repairing the U.S.-Iranian relationship. Commenting on the Iranian preference for a Democrat in the White House, Sergei Barseghian, a columnist for the reformist Etemad Meli newspaper noted that in Farsi, the words Oo ba ma would translate as “He’s with us.”

That’s some scary stuff.

funky chicken on April 21, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Zetterson on April 21, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Along the lines of folks not getting the facts: Today a woman was telling me how she was in the Navy, and her daughter is in Naval ROTC. I mentioned that I’d just finished McCain’s Faith of My Fathers. She responded, “Oh, was he in the Navy?”

mikeyboss on April 21, 2008 at 6:46 PM

See the problem is that John doesn’t have enough dough to go one on one answering the lies, whichwould be great if he did, then he could prove to the American people what liars the democrats are.

THIS would be a great response ad: “They could only portray me negatively by taking what I said out of context, what shameless liars they are. Don’t let them think they can fool you, vote for real change, real hope and a realistic look at the future. Only facing all truths, even hard truths, can we pave the path for a brighter future for all Americans.” Something like that..but without the dough, dem’s win.

JustTruth101 on April 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

The Dems tried to shoot themselves in the knee, but aimed too high.

whitetop on April 21, 2008 at 6:51 PM

McCain may not have pulled the half-quote half-nelson on Obama, but he sure pulled it on Mitt.

NTWR on April 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

McCain’s points are correct.

Only gas prices and crooked bankers have hurt an astonishly-vigorous economy with de facto full employment for the past 5 years, especially considering the fears and predictions after 9/11.

The Dems are trying to pretend that breadlines are forming on every corner and that people are eating festering apple peels in empty lots.

A little reality check of the economic figures will end this doom-y fantasy that worked of Clinton in ’92 (“The worst economy in 50 years!”) but will have a harder time now that the Republicans have been bitten by this trick once and are forewarned.

profitsbeard on April 21, 2008 at 7:01 PM

See the problem is that John doesn’t have enough dough to go one on one answering the lies, which would be great if he did, then he could prove to the American people what liars the democrats are.

JustTruth101 on April 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Good thing those eeeevil conservatives on Talk Radio and the internet are doing the jobs that McCain just won’t can’t seem to afford to do.

RushBaby on April 21, 2008 at 7:02 PM

The Amazing Shrinking Messiah.

ronsfi on April 21, 2008 at 7:17 PM

JustTruth101 on April 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

The answer to that is donating a few bucks and getting your friends and family to do the same.

profitsbeard on April 21, 2008 at 7:01 PM

I’m pretty sure loose monetary policy had more to do with the housing crisis than crooked bankers. I haven’t heard anyone claim fraud was involved in Bear Stearns’ demise.

seanhackbarth on April 21, 2008 at 7:28 PM

At this point Biden would look good to the Dems. If you wish for fluff, you end up with fluff.

Entelechy on April 21, 2008 at 7:32 PM

seanhackbarth, it was all three, adding to your two the irresponsible people who bought homes, when they couldn’t/shouldn’t have.

Entelechy on April 21, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Somewhere in hell, old Joe Stalin is marveling at the current state. Gas will be over $4/gallon in America. People are screaming over the cost of rice and corn. If only he had been able to create such misery in the USA in his day, everything would have been different.

JAW on April 21, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Best way to fight back against the DNC is to contribute to the RNC:

http://www.rnc.org/

bnelson44 on April 21, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Best way to fight back against the DNC is to contribute to the RNC:

http://www.rnc.org/

bnelson44 on April 21, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Maybe… when the RNC starts supporting border security and decent immigration enforcement.

darkpixel on April 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

I’m pretty sure loose monetary policy had more to do with the housing crisis than crooked bankers. I haven’t heard anyone claim fraud was involved in Bear Stearns’ demise.

seanhackbarth on April 21, 2008 at 7:28 PM

It was mostly stupid bankers and stupid borrowers. Nothing illegal, just really stupid.

Buford on April 21, 2008 at 9:40 PM

Yeah, yeah, Democrats lie. What else is new?

But listen to the add itself. It’s better than anything McCain himself has put out so far. Who reads floating text? All you HEAR is John McCain being positive about America, and the morose voice of DNC trying to tell you your life is crap.

If BarackObama keeps out-fundraising John McCain by a five-to-one margin, but all his adds are like this one, I’d say McCain’s got a pretty good shot at winning in November.

logis on April 21, 2008 at 9:44 PM

See the problem is that John doesn’t have enough dough to go one on one answering the lies, whichwould be great if he did, then he could prove to the American people what liars the democrats are.
JustTruth101 on April 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I know good ole John has voted for public funding, but, I swear I know this as it will be the truth, the money will flood the supporting groups in the general. There is no reason to give his campaign any money now, but there will be after the conventions

lsutiger on April 21, 2008 at 9:46 PM

THIS would be a great response ad: “They could only portray me negatively by taking what I said out of context, what shameless liars they are. Don’t let them think they can fool you, vote for real change, real hope and a realistic look at the future. Only facing all truths, even hard truths, can we pave the path for a brighter future for all Americans.” Something like that..but without the dough, dem’s win.

JustTruth101 on April 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

McCain should counter with an ad that is almost identical, but with his comments in context. That would both correct the record and illustrate the dishonesty of BHO. It might actually get the attention of some who bought the lie of the first ad.

IrishEyes on April 21, 2008 at 10:09 PM

and, of course, explain how this shows BHO/Dems to be the liars they are.

IrishEyes on April 21, 2008 at 10:10 PM

If this is what the Democrats are going to use they must really have nothin’…

Pathetic.

Chakra Hammer on April 22, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Hope and Change.. Smear and Lies.. LOL

Chakra Hammer on April 22, 2008 at 1:37 AM

“Somewhere in hell, old Joe Stalin is marveling at the current state. Gas will be over $4/gallon in America. People are screaming over the cost of rice and corn. If only he had been able to create such misery in the USA in his day, everything would have been different.”

Some of it is perpetuated by surrogate Soros.

davod on April 22, 2008 at 5:45 AM

You know I cannot wait until the debates.
How is mr hopey changey going to counter McCain when he gives the entire quote?

ArmyAunt on April 22, 2008 at 6:58 AM

Maybe… when the RNC starts supporting border security and decent immigration enforcement.

darkpixel on April 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Bingo. We are being invaded and McCain is helping the invaders.

saiga on April 22, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I couldn’t miss the fact that they used a variation on ‘The Excorcist’ theme as background to this ad.
Actually, I don’t feel better off; I didn’t get that job John was offering to pick lettuce for $50/hour in Yuma.

Christine on April 22, 2008 at 1:05 PM