New lefty attack ad: McCain’s a rich snob with a sugar mommy

posted at 2:23 pm on April 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via Jonathan Martin, who makes the obligatory point that the left took a rosier view of senators fitting this profile four years ago. It’s the first ad from David Brock’s new $40 million hatchet shop, Progressive Media USA; if they’re all as weak as this, McCain will be lucky. The problem isn’t that the charge is unfair, it’s that Maverick doesn’t look the part the way Kerry did. That’s why I don’t think Bittergate will end up hurting Obama: Gaffes bite hardest when they confirm your preexisting impression of the candidate, the way Tuzla did vis-a-vis Hillary’s image as a shameless liar. Partly because of the politics of “authenticity” and partly because he’s so good at connecting with crowds on the stump, it’s hard to sell Obama as an elitist no matter how much Marxist cant he spouts. If Brock wants to turn McCain into a millionaire playboy who can’t pay his own way, have at it; all he has to do is erase 35 years of fame for taking the worst abuse the North Vietnamese could throw at him. Good luck, bro.


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Looks to me like a stretch. and this cost 40 million? someones rich, thats for sure.

Wyrd on April 22, 2008 at 2:28 PM

this will only help his “likabilty” factor

elraphbo on April 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Worst fake British accent…evah.

Lance Murdock on April 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Allah, regarding the headline…..

Where do I sign up?

PappaMac on April 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM

McCain’s response to this ad should go along the lines of:

**Snap Salute** ….. REPORTING – FOR – DUTY!!!!!

*cue B-Roll of cheering democrats from the 2004 nominating convention in Boston.*

wise_man on April 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM

seriously…its a good thing. Maybe he’ll do an MTV appearance on Crib’s…is that show still on?

Republicans win general election by 70%

elraphbo on April 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

If Brock wants to turn McCain into a millionaire playboy who can’t pay his own way, have at it; all he has to do is erase 35 years of fame for taking the worst abuse the North Vietnamese could throw at him. Good luck, bro.

They are trying that already: McGovern To McCain: I Wasn’t Shot Down.

bnelson44 on April 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Worst fake British accent…evah.

Lance Murdock on April 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Hey, that’s what I said!

Cuffy Meigs on April 22, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Where do I find me a sugar momma?!

Oh and maybe I’m jaded living in South Florida but I do not find the black AMEX all that big a deal.

bj1126 on April 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Hmmmm given the venues he’s supposed to have been at, I know truck drivers, line workers, and such who go to those same places…..on vacation.

MNDavenotPC on April 22, 2008 at 2:35 PM

They are really this stupid? After running trophy husband John Kerry in 2004?

Unbelievable. Only people with the media totally in the tank for them, would dare run such a obviously stupid ad.

NoDonkey on April 22, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Isn’t that living the American Dream?

And that is going to make people decide against him, how?

There are dozens of reasons not to vote for McCain but this is not one of them.

The fact that he cheated on his first wife with his current sugar mama sure is because that shows you the character of the man.

EJDolbow on April 22, 2008 at 2:39 PM

That add almost made me laugh out loud! Between the narrator with the British accent and all the pics of McCain wearing the tux’s and suits, (remember the MSM used to pick on him about his shoddy looking sweaters?) I wasn’t sure the add was really about McCain! Yea, good luck making that stick! NOT!

4shoes on April 22, 2008 at 2:40 PM

McCain’s a rich snob with a sugar mommy

Heh, this from a party which ran John Francois Kerry, who’s mommy was Mrs. Heinz. I don’t think I can stand so much fun any longer. I’ll pop by November. I’d pay for this much fun, and it is provided minute-by-minute, gratis.

Do the lefties ever use mirrors?

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Nice American accent on the announcer there to show true patriotism.

I for one always thought that the American dream was to marry someone with money. That’s my goal. . . a woman with money. Hey women have been marrying for money for years. Now they have jobs and careers too so ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY!’

ThackerAgency on April 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

and he spent most of his time in Vietnam living in a suite at the Hilton while his fellow naval aviators were forced to live in cramped quarters aboard ship…

rw on April 22, 2008 at 2:47 PM

That is about the dumbest piece of crap I’ve seen lately. It Could be a boiler plate . . . change McCain to Kennedy, or Kerry, or Clinton, or Obama, or Bush, or any other rich politician in the country. If they keep wasting their money on this kind of nonsense they’ll soon be broke.

rplat on April 22, 2008 at 2:47 PM

What can a dude do with $100 mil layin’ around?

1) He can give a bunch to charity; or,

2) He can buy fancy cars and houses, thereby putting auto workers and carpenters to work; or,

3) He can sock it in the bank, thereby supplying investment captial to business owners; or,

4) He can pile it in a room and roll around in it like Uncle Scrooge, thereby lowering the demand on goods and services which will lower prices for the rest of us.

Or he could just run for President of the United States.

davidk on April 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM

I guess illegal progressivemediausa’s next video can be an account of the lawsuit Pink Floyd files against them. What a lame effort.

However, the fact is: McCain IS f**king rich. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but he’s hardly in touch with the common man.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Thacker, you’ll be much better off, both of you, if you make it together, the money that is.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM

The word “illegal” shouldn’t be there.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Foks, don’t forget the Obama sugar-daddies. Soros, billionaire row, etc. etc.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 2:51 PM

What politician is “in touch” with the common man?

Wyrd on April 22, 2008 at 2:54 PM

They are really this stupid? After running trophy husband John Kerry in 2004?

The Dems faulted Dubya for not serving in Vietnam, as Kerry did, even though they had earlier nominated Bill Clinton, who also did not serve in Vietnam.

Bigfoot on April 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Plus, isn’t he the poorest candidate currently running for president?

Forget John Kerry. Clinton and Obama both make significantly more than he does.

Esthier on April 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

David Brock is still alive?

JammieWearingFool on April 22, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Pots and kettles and Waffles, oh my!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 22, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Gaffes bite hardest when they confirm your preexisting impression of the candidate, the way Tuzla did vis-a-vis Hillary’s image as a shameless liar. Partly because of the politics of “authenticity” and partly because he’s so good at connecting with crowds on the stump, it’s hard to sell Obama as an elitist no matter how much Marxist cant he spouts.

They’ve even got our own big A fooled. They are very good.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I’m guessing a couple of years at the Hanoi Hilton softens any “snobbish” personality traits.

Shtetl G on April 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Is this a parody? Why the Robin Leach version of a British accent? To make us think this ad was made by a European and not an idiotic “progressive” American hack? Or is Mac running for Prime Minister of Britain?

Oh well, if you want to know how Brits talk, click on an opinionated London Dinner Party. (See film strips on right)

Enjoy.

Buy Danish on April 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

This is pathetic, but packs so many insinuations into its brief span (including the visuals) to suggest that a real effort to combat it innuendo-by-innuendo will consume significant resources. It’s like cleaning up after the pygmy hippo at the zoo.

DrSteve on April 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM

If you want to slam an American…any American, don’t use a Brit!! You might just as well use a Frog for all the impact it will have!!!!!! And the music………PLEASE!!!!!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on April 22, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I can’t believe I’m starting to have hope that McCain could actually win the election. I thought the left smear machine plus the press would destroy him, but if this is the best they’ve got, if they can’t find a single quote that they don’t have to cut off in the middle to make him look bad, well then they got nothing.

And they should keep showing Cindy…often, and always looking just as beautiful and poised as she is every day…not only does it make John look a lot younger and more attractive by association, the comparison between classy Cindy and angry Michelle moves even more voters into the Mac Camp. Thanks for the FABULOUS ad, lefty-dumba$$es!

JustTruth101 on April 22, 2008 at 3:09 PM

The Dems faulted Dubya for not serving in Vietnam, as Kerry did, even though they had earlier nominated Bill Clinton, who also did not serve in Vietnam.

Bigfoot on April 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

They seem to forget, or never knew, that some of Dubyah’s Texas Air National Guard unit DID end up in Vietnam. But the particular plane he was trained to fly was phased out, so he never got there.

What’s so funny about the Dems running on Vietnam in 2004 was that it was a war they absolutely despised at the time it was going on.

As for this “video”, Soros should ask for his money back.

Del Dolemonte on April 22, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Where do I start with this?
The fact that they chose the ‘Lives of the Rich and Famous’ theme with the bratty Brit busting the rhymes makes this even less effective than it would otherwise be.
Yes, this ad applies more to the Teresa Heinz Kerrys than it does to the McCains, but it does the task the lefty elites want it to do: paint John as an elite, which is a given as an advocate of expensive ‘slave’ labor.
However, there’s at least one big difference: Cindy worked for her millions, Teresa didn’t, she inherited it from her dead Republican husband. Oh, and there’s always the obvious and somewhat gratuitous: McCain is a war hero and Kerry is not. Heck, the most obvious difference of all: McCain has an R next to his name, Kerry does not.

Christine on April 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

You might just as well use a Frog for all the impact it will have!!!!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on April 22, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I’d love to see that version.

Buy Danish on April 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Clinton and Obama both make significantly more than he does.
Esthier on April 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

THAT is very, very funny.

Clinton has about 50 million in assets.
Obama might – MIGHT- be worth 4 or 5.
That’s “four” or “five”.
McCain is worth 100+ million.
So, uh, no.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Unbelievably lame. I’ve read small excerpts of Brock’s book about McCain and the press, Free Ride, and it’s just as stupid.

Here’s hoping that Soros flushes away as much money as he did in 2004, and to the same effect.

juliesa on April 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

What is the whole goal of this attack? Do the libs want a completely level playing field? Everyone makiing $50,000 year, no higher?

ctmom on April 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Mrs McCain’s family made their fortune selling…BEER! And you see them drinking beer, especially if you check out their daughter’s blog. How much ketchup did you see the Heinz-Kerrys consuming?

Sekhmet on April 22, 2008 at 3:22 PM

So, uh, no.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

What they’re worth, or what their spouses, or families, are worth, is irrelevant. How much they have in the election kitty is the only thing which matters. Look into the mirror, see Obama’s collections and billionaire row. The rest is just a poor attempt to ‘equalize’ or ‘balance’ the Obama gaffe, with Hillary and McCain.

For objectivity, there have been, and will be numerous rich presidential candidates, as well as those for Congress and the Senate, on both sides of the isle. This is no news of any kind, and with no effect whatsoever.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Clinton has about 50 million in assets.
Obama might – MIGHT- be worth 4 or 5.
That’s “four” or “five”.
McCain is worth 100+ million.
So, uh, no.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Correction, the money is Cindys only.
She can spend it on him if she likes, but it is not his.
The fact:

McCain is routinely ranked among the richest senators. But a prenuptial agreement has kept most assets in his wife’s name. That arrangement served as a defense for McCain when the Senate ethics committee scrutinized a real estate deal involving his wife, her father and disgraced savings and loan owner Charles Keating Jr. McCain said at the time the separation of assets helped prove the deal didn’t benefit him.

McCain himself reports little more wealth than when he started in politics. With his book royalties and radio-appearance fees donated to charity, McCain’s Senate salary of $169,300 and Navy pension of about $56,000 are his only significant sources of income. He has accounts at two banks with his wife worth up to $15,000 each, according to his most recent financial disclosure report.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h-S1sWHm0tchtdMP5LcLywg5ZtMgD8VQ86M80

ArmyAunt on April 22, 2008 at 3:34 PM

McCain will be OK as long as he is not photgrahed wind surfing or biking is a stoplight yellow biking outfit. I doubt he will wonder where to get him one of them huttin license.
People like Brock will drive me to support McCain.

bopbottle on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM

And Obama is trying to very hard to tie himself to J.F.K. and Camelot.

Buy Danish on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 PM

People like Brock will drive me to support McCain.

bopbottle on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 PM

That is funny because my nephews name is Brock and we call him Barak just to tease him lol.
He is a senior in high school and a conservative.
He thinks Obama is a tool.

ArmyAunt on April 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM

The real story here is that B-Team leftist with a questionable track record of sucess can get a $40 million no-questions-asked grant to fund “Progressive Media USA” but the so-called “rich” Republican is in a fundraising money crunch.

Pathetic…

ScottMcC on April 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Who is the British guy narrating? Is it that creepy British guy from CNN who just got arrested in the park?

Travis1 on April 22, 2008 at 3:39 PM

What is the whole goal of this attack? Do the libs want a completely level playing field? Everyone makiing $50,000 year, no higher?

ctmom on April 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

No, they want everyone making $50,000 a year except party members, who would be allowed to make much more. Some animals are more equal than others.

Hollowpoint on April 22, 2008 at 3:39 PM

That’s why I don’t think Bittergate will end up hurting Obama: Gaffes bite hardest when they confirm your preexisting impression of the candidate,

You mean if you’ve already made up your mind, right? If you are a nutjob, politically correct, moral relativist or a guilt ridden, upper class child of a lawyer, right?

peacenprosperity on April 22, 2008 at 3:41 PM

The point was what they make, not what they raised for the campaign. And my only point was McCain is rich, rich, rich. Google “McCain net worth” and you get dozens of conflicting numbers, but all of them are in the millions. And to play the Cindy’s $ pile is hers alone card is a bit much.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

If I’m wrong about McCain and Obama’s wealth, then I’m wrong. Very glad my mistake could cause you amusement.

However, Clinton’s wealth was recently listed as $109 million, not 50, and maybe you’re just better than me, but I haven’t been able to find anything on McCain’s full wealth. He released his tax information, but he barely makes anything compared to his wife, who generally files separately from him as she did this year.

His personal income is less than half a million. Obviously that’s where I got the mistaken idea that he made less than both Obama and Hillary, that and the repeated references in articles that claim Hillary as the richest candidate currently running for president.

Esthier on April 22, 2008 at 3:43 PM

The best thing about McCain is he could win the general election by a huge landslide thus uniting the American People under his leadership.

The worst thing about McCain is he could win the general election by a huge landslide thus uniting the American People under his leadership.

elraphbo on April 22, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Yes, while his peers were toiling away in graduate programs in the social sciences, enduring harsh Canadian winters, or shouting political slogans at the top of their lungs, John McCain was whiling away his hours at the Five-Star Hanoi Hilton, enjoying food, beverages and acommodations provided by a hostile government, all the while drawing a salary from the U.S. government! What a spoiled rich kid!

morganfrost on April 22, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Huh-ROZZ casino? Next time they get Euro trash to narrate an attack add, tell him it’s pronounced HAIR-uzz Casino.

rivlax on April 22, 2008 at 3:53 PM

We’ll probably hear more about this.

davidk on April 22, 2008 at 3:53 PM

This ad will be really, really effective among far left liberals, radical feminists, Marxists and Al Queda supporters. No way they’re going to vote for John McCain now.

Kasper Hauser on April 22, 2008 at 3:55 PM

40 million dollars? And this is the best they could muster up as an opening salvo? A guy with an English accent, attacking an American hero, in an attempt to convince Americans to vote for his opponent? Yeah! That outta work.
The only thing that might salvage this monstrosity is the old “satire” claim. On second thought, not even that can help this one.
John McCain should keep a copy of this “gem” handy whenever he need a good laugh.

RMR on April 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Who cares how much money these politicians (or their spouses) have, as long as they came by it honestly.

And with a 2007 income of over $4 milion, the Obamas aren’t exactly poor, are they?

AZCoyote on April 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

How is this not just another reason to vote for him?

29Victor on April 22, 2008 at 4:03 PM

For the record, I think this ad is garbage.
It’ll get pulled as soon as Pink Floyd’s lawyers get wind of it.
And some of that 40 million will be handed over to them.

Dave Rywall on April 22, 2008 at 4:04 PM

And Obama is trying to very hard to tie himself to J.F.K. and Camelot.

Buy Danish on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Camelot
The Obamas are not
B.H. Obama
Has no JFK papa
Billionaires’ row he’s got
Camelot they’re still not
Michelle of Jackie has dreams
Reality of them her wheens
Camelot, Camelot
You’re not, you’re not

Jackie smiles “I invented Camelot and the fools fell for it. Now other fools want to adopt it. You can fool some people some of the time, but not two times”.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

This ad will be really, really effective among far left liberals, radical feminists, Marxists and Al Queda supporters. No way they’re going to vote for John McCain now.

Kasper Hauser on April 22, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Har.

RushBaby on April 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

“I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don’t think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado,” Rep. Douglas Bruce said.

As he was censored from any further speech…
Just thought I would throw that into a McCain post…

right2bright on April 22, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Uhh huh.. and Ba-Rok Obama and Clinton are Poor..

Uhh huh..

Chakra Hammer on April 22, 2008 at 4:06 PM

This ad will be really, really effective among far left liberals, radical feminists, Marxists and Al Queda supporters. No way they’re going to vote for John McCain now.

Kasper Hauser on April 22, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Yeah!!! Who needs them. And they sure make a plurality. I’m waiting for the fall when Zawahiri & CO will declare their support. It’s going to be hilariously devastating for the left.

Entelechy on April 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Who’s the genius that came up with the idea to have a guy with a British accent talking about “our” problems? What a bunch of morons.

Seixon on April 22, 2008 at 4:26 PM

I don’t know if I want a “middle class” person running this country. I mean what would it look like if they bounced a check at Wal-Mart…if they took a second job to make ends meet…I would never get a seat if he flew coach with all the secret service around (I know he refused service but it sounded good)…and would the French ever acknowledge us if we fed them hamburgers, hot dogs and a cold beer at the state dinners?

right2bright on April 22, 2008 at 4:27 PM

I agree, these are lame. They really should wait to spend this money until a more interesting narrative appears. His wife being rich and him being mean is silly. But like with the Paul ad, it’s their money and they can burn through it as they see fit. Just less money for them to use come the GE.

Typhonsentra on April 22, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Who needs love when you can have sugar momma?

hanzblinx on April 22, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams! Egad, it’s Robin Leach’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous!

Brat on April 22, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Pathetic…

Nelsa on April 22, 2008 at 4:49 PM

What is a British fop doing tossing the “We” word around?

Even if this were true, they had no problems with Waffles marrying two rich women. Did McCain have to sign a pre-nup since his wife didn’t trust him? I’m guessing, no.

They are really stretching. I’m waiting for the VC guards from the prison camp to come over and talk about how McCain lived the high life. I’m sure they would want to help out their bud, Waffles.

Hening on April 22, 2008 at 5:01 PM

The left sounds more and more desperate!!!

jeanie on April 22, 2008 at 5:52 PM

What is a British fop doing tossing the “We” word around?

Even if this were true, they had no problems with Waffles marrying two rich women. Did McCain have to sign a pre-nup since his wife didn’t trust him? I’m guessing, no.

They are really stretching. I’m waiting for the VC guards from the prison camp to come over and talk about how McCain lived the high life. I’m sure they would want to help out their bud, Waffles.
Hening on April 22, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Yeah! They could cry to Barbara Walters about how tough their lives have been since everyone in the village discovered how “mean” John McCain was by not giving them a confession. HA! HA!

RMR on April 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM

I did my best to completely dissect all the lies in Brock’s ad here
http://thebluesite.com/?p=1461

It’s amazing how shallow some voters are- they won’t take a mere 10 mins to research a subject to get the truth.

TheBlueSite on April 22, 2008 at 9:54 PM

http://thebluesite.com/?p=1461

That was a great read. Well done!

shibumiglass on April 22, 2008 at 10:04 PM

At 1:23 long, the “ad” will never get beyond You-Tube. But even if it was shortened to :30 or :60, it wouldn’t pass basic standards for airing on cable or TV.

I’m shocked at the amateur quality of not just the production, but also the thinking, as it were, that went into it. Still images fading in and out? A hack voice-over that sounds half English and half…I don’t know…Asian?

If this is the best they have to offer, I don’t think anyone should be losing any sleep.

Potfry on April 22, 2008 at 10:49 PM

What about Kerry?

freevillage on April 23, 2008 at 10:54 AM

I want someone who knows money running money.

- The Cat

MirCat on July 29, 2008 at 10:05 PM