Video: Focus group grades McCain’s global warming ad

posted at 11:40 am on May 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

There’s always some comedy gold to be mined from these things and this one is no exception. Pay attention to the needles at the very end, when Maverick introduces himself. The green line holds steady; the blue line dives predictably. How ’bout that red one?

Note too the blue Matterhorn at the beginning, its peak actually rising off the screen at the thought of deadly weather wreaking havoc. Exit question per Geraghty’s post on this: Are McCain and the GOP destined to be the People Who Saved The Polar Bears? Yes we can. Click the image to watch.

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OMG this is going to be a long year.

bj1126 on May 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Hey! You’re not supposed to answer the Exit Question!

fossten on May 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Why do I feel like I am watching the matterhorn guy on the price is right?

Neuter or Spay your animals people!

upinak on May 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

upinak on May 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

LOL when I read your comment I instantly heard yodeling in my head.

fossten on May 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

I’m sorry but if your mood changes like that within a few seconds, you need to see a shrink.

freevillage on May 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Why doesn’t he tout the New Deal – WPA, TVA, NRA, PWAP, FERA… did I miss anthing?

A vote for McCain is a vote for a fifth term for FDR!

Akzed on May 16, 2008 at 11:55 AM

For me, a total 100% skeptic, I believe that nothing short of an ice age will convince politicians that they are wrong about climate change. That being said, they are going to take action, however misguided to try to stop it. If we can prevent the kind of government overhaul of every aspect of our daily lives that the government will not give up even if an ice age does hit, and try to address this [non existent] problem with easier to correct free-market solutions, then I’m all for that and I’m actually happy to to finally have a voice that represents something other than total taxation and environmental totalitarianism in this [completely idiotic, political before scientific] debate.

jimmy the notable on May 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I wonder if anyone on McCain’s staff realizes that “Global Warming/Climate Change” is really the biggest hoax ever?

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Just watched it again….holy cow, you’re right about how hilariously the blue line plummeted as soon as McCain mentioned his name.

jimmy the notable on May 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

c’mon. the movement of the red line at the end doesn’t mean anything. end of ad people were resting their hands.

aso on May 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Red line schmed line. Who needs Republican votes to win the presidency? Let the rebranding continue.

Valiant on May 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

If you really want to start somewhere, go here, this has more links than I’ve seen anywhere else related to all thinks “Global Warming is f**king crap”

jimmy the notable on May 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Second look at FDR!

NoFanofLibs on May 16, 2008 at 12:04 PM

There has to be a SNL skit in this stuff where the lines end up spelling some message or completely obliterate the screen or something! Absurd. Democrats are scared about the planet, everyone thinks gas is too high, and Republicans react as negatively to John McCain as Democrats! What a shocker!

highhopes on May 16, 2008 at 12:05 PM

A polar bear couple stayed at my place one weekend, and left the house in a mess.

And they ate my dog.

I do not care for them.

Rhinoboy on May 16, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Things could be a little worse. Just think if the US would have adopted Kyoto 10 or so years ago, the Gore’s of the world would be crowing that the recent decline in global temps were the result of said adoption.

I gotta admit that this man-made global warming is the greatest scheme ever, turning some we breath out every 2 seconds into a pollutant, to be regulated, turned into something called carbon credits, thus turned into gold.

Medieval alchemists had nothing on ole’ Al, pikers!

ernie on May 16, 2008 at 12:22 PM

I’m glad the polar bears are going to be OK, I wish I could say the same for myself after all the new taxes and regulations come.

Is there a way for me to get on the endangered species list?

Maxx on May 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Offtopic, does anyone know what this is about?

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/15/will-barack-throw-mama-from-the-train/

ninjapirate on May 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM

That just plummeted past the -60 on my meter

Kini on May 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM

McCain’s no good. It is still a nearly equally scary prospect that he’d become president. Is there any way possible of another alternative besides McCain in the Republican party?

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/62025

*gulp*

What an effing dilema.

Kokonut on May 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM

This is just speculation on my part. But I read McCain’s daughter’s blog throughout the primary and as you know, she was educated at Columbia. Just graduated in the last couple of year. Anyway, she is one of those children who have been raised to believe in global warming. She is also liberal on other issues. I think she has had quite an influence with her father on this issue. He already had his mind leaning that way for years. I think she has shown him all the “evidence” that she learned and turned him into believing it as well. Now before you say how stupid it is to listen to his daughter, think about how you would be if you were on the fence on an issue and your smart beautiful daughter convinced you?

Rightwingsparkle on May 16, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Also, climate change aside, I will continue to emphasize the most important issue of our day, Iraq. We all agree that McCain is right on that one. We cannot let our boys down who have and do give so much for this effort. We can’t let the Iraqi people down. If we don’t vote for McCain, we will do just that.

Read this review of Michael Yon’s new book by his publisher and tell me that sitting out in this election is an option:

Rightwingsparkle on May 16, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Please remember that Fred! was the only major candidate who didn’t jump to express the belief that AGW was real and a problem that must be addressed, etc.

HOWEVER, McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are a lot more likely than Obama to wake up to the fact that it’s bogus and just a power play by leftists who want to hurt our country. The libdems are too invested in the cannonization of AlGore etc.

My dad, Mr. Conservative Businessman himself wouldn’t listen to my AGW debunking until this last winter….and he only started listening because of the massive snowfall at his favorite ski resort…

But if I had started calling him names and being hateful he’d have bitterly clung to his AGW beliefs a lot longer, let me tell you….

funky chicken on May 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Things could be a little worse. Just think if the US would have adopted Kyoto 10 or so years ago, the Gore’s of the world would be crowing that the recent decline in global temps were the result of said adoption.

I gotta admit that this man-made global warming is the greatest scheme ever, turning some we breath out every 2 seconds into a pollutant, to be regulated, turned into something called carbon credits, thus turned into gold.

Medieval alchemists had nothing on ole’ Al, pikers!

ernie on May 16, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Perfect point !! No doubt about it, if the USA would have signed onto Kyoto ten years ago, Al Gore would have won two Nobel’s instead of just half of one. And they would be telling us what a huge success Kyoto has been. And therefore the new tax increases will be somewhat less, but of course there is still much work to do. And YOU still have many sacrifices to make.

Maxx on May 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Personally I look forward to hearing the stories of polar bear attacks on humans.
But since we will probably all be on our knees banging our heads on a carpet 5 times a day and tv and radio will have been taken away because it is haram it won’t matter.

Just A Grunt on May 16, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Doesn’t the graph show practically no agreement from either Dem’s or Independents by the end of the piece?

Headline seems dishonest/wrong to me…

Maverick had best learn that he can’t out-stupid the Democrats.

landlines on May 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I guess it’s the Gingrich approach to this. Own it. Take it from the Dems.

Kini on May 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Think about how you would be if you were on the fence on an issue and your smart beautiful daughter convinced you?

I heard it was the guy in the penguin suit dogging him during his 2000 campaign. Regardless, so much for principles.

Valiant on May 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM

The Global Warming King (Al Gore) and his new Prince (John McCain) have no clothes.

MB4 on May 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM

We can’t let the Iraqi people down

The Iraqi people are letting the Iraqi people down.

Valiant on May 16, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Even though global warming/climate change is a hoax, the Republicans have to be seen as wanting to do something about it, even if it is to eventually declare that it’s a hoax in the end.

The thing that gets me is these “greenies” who are trying to tell us what to do by proposing the most ridiculous crap that in the end dents us more in the wallet than actually making a dent in the environment.

ScoopPC11 on May 16, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Also, climate change aside, I will continue to emphasize the most important issue of our day, Iraq amnesty for illegals. We all agree that McCain is right wrong on that one. We cannot let our boys [the border patrol] down who have and do give so much for this effort. We can’t let the Iraqi American people down. If we don’t vote for McCain, we will do just that.

Rightwingsparkle on May 16, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Fixed it for you, in case you forgot which country you live in.

fossten on May 16, 2008 at 1:20 PM

History repeats, first as fable then as farce.

The childhood fable of yesteryear,

The Emperor’s New Clothes -

In the fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes, a couple of con men convinced the king that they had magical cloth, which only the wise could see. The king hires these men to make him the most magnificent suit of clothes, declaring that anyone who cannot see this material was a fool. The king had insulated himself from feedback from his subjects and payed the ultimate price; complete and absolute public mortification.

and now the farce of Juan “Oldie Moldie Green Coot” McCain’s New Religion Science -

In the Presidential campaign of Juan “Oldie Moldie Green Coot” McCain, a con man named Al “The Oracle” Gore convinced Juan “Oldie Moldie Green Coot” McCain that he had discovered Apocalyptic Global Warming, which only the wise could see. Juan “Oldie Moldie Green Coot” McCain joins the Church of Apocalyptic Global warming so that he can appear to be very intelligent and a member of the in crowd, declaring that anyone who cannot feel this Global Warming is a denier or a flat-earther. Juan “Oldie Moldie Green Coot” McCain had insulated himself from feedback from Conservatives and paid the ultimate price; complete and absolute electoral mortification in November.

MB4 on May 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Fixed it for you, in case you forgot which country you live in.

fossten on May 16, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Some folks must constantly be reminded that there is no Apocalyptic Global Warming and Iraq is not the Center of the Universe.

MB4 on May 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Also, climate change aside, I will continue to emphasize the most important issue of our day, Iraq amnesty for illegals. We all agree that McCain is right wrong on that one. We cannot let our boys [the border patrol] down who have and do give so much for this effort. We can’t let the Iraqi American people down. If we don’t vote for McCain, we will do just that.

Rightwingsparkle on May 16, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Fixed it for you, in case you forgot which country you live in.

fossten on May 16, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I cannot effing believe that people like you are willing to piss away Iraq and national security over a couple of Mexicans at your local Burger King. If Obama is elected, and we are struck again, the blood is on your hands.

Sekhmet on May 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

The thing that gets me is these “greenies” who are trying to tell us what to do by proposing the most ridiculous crap that in the end dents us more in the wallet than actually making a dent in the environment.

ScoopPC11 on May 16, 2008 at 1:17 PM

McCain is against drilling at ANWAR and other initiatives that would boost domestic production and reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil. How is it that cranky old bastard can declare global warming a “national security issue” when he refuses to sensibly bolster or energy independence? They are, after all, related issues.

highhopes on May 16, 2008 at 1:45 PM

A few of my conditions before we get overly froggy about the letsletiraqisafganisandamericansdieitissoeffingimportant border:

1) Fidel Castro must be dead, and publicly buried. Raul Castro must be also dead or living in exile in Spain, while a freely-elected democratic government takes over in Cuba. Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales must also let go of the thread by which they are holding on to power. 2-5 years must pass after that just to be sure the Latin American commies have all run out of money. This way, if there is yet another Mexican revolution caused by our turning off their steam valve, we won’t be stuck with some Commie wacko down there.

2) Enough progress must be made against organized crime on the border to where there is no more need for law enforcement cooperation between the US and Mexico

3) We must be prepared to do snatch-and-grab incursions into Mexico to arrest fugitives. Because any and all extradition treaties will be null and void. Either the Mexican government must be too ineffective to stop us, or they will be out and outright hostile.

4) If Mexico becomes anarchic or tyrannical, we had better be prepared for a refugee influx—which, whoops, would be probably just as big as our illegal influx, without the ability to send them home.

Sekhmet on May 16, 2008 at 1:57 PM

I cannot effing believe that people like you are willing to piss away Iraq and national security over a couple of Mexicans at your local Burger King.

Iraq, with Islamic law enshrined in it’s constitution, does not equal American national security and there are probably 20,000,000 illegals in the U.S. killing more Americans every year than the number of Americans killed on 9/11.

If Obama is elected, and we are struck again, the blood is on your hands.

Sekhmet on May 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Totally absurd.

MB4 on May 16, 2008 at 2:12 PM

I cannot effing believe that people like you are willing to piss away Iraq and national security over a couple of Mexicans at your local Burger King. If Obama is elected, and we are struck again, the blood is on your hands.

Sekhmet on May 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

You “my friend” obviously do not live in California, Arizona or Texas.

brtex on May 16, 2008 at 2:32 PM

I cannot effing believe that people like you are willing to piss away Iraq and national security…

National Security Sekhmet?

No, we’re losing that whichever way you vote. And claiming otherwise is dishonest.

Securing the border is wrong.

Keeping enemy combatants in Gitmo (or anyone for that matter) is something McCain will not do.

McCain wants to make the intel evidence against a terrorist available to the terrorists themselves. Because transparent intel where everyone knows exaclt what we do and how we do it is the only good intel I guess.

What part of that helps national security? The keeping the borders open, treating enemy combatants like U.S. Citizens in court, or crippling U.S. Intel gathering?

Maybe you meant something else, you’re going to want to keep national security out of your discussion if you want to make McCain look palatable.

If McCain is elected, releases terrorists while making public our intel gathering abilities and issues… how is that better? How does that stop us from “being struck again”?

Or sorry, you were fearmongering without really having a better position. I didn’t mean to throw facts onto your irrational argument.

gekkobear on May 16, 2008 at 3:24 PM

jimmy the notable on May 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Wow, thanks for the link, interesting site Jimmy.

Biffstir on May 16, 2008 at 3:24 PM

There is an upside to this….

When Endangered Species and Democrats become a majority, us Conservatives will be a minority…and thus entitled to all kinds of rights and priveleges!!!

I can hardly wait to set up camp in some California Liberal’s back yard!!! They won’t be able to evict me because I’ll be an Endangered Species!

landlines on May 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

I can’t wait till that McCain’s cap and trade program begins. Gore will love the millions he’ll make off of this. But hey, we’ll have a Republican as POTUS and after conferring with Kennedy/Pelosi, he’ll go after the terrorists, get conservative judges nominated ASAP and secure those borders. This will be awesome!

nottakingsides on May 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

You know, I think that McCain is confusing responsible environmental stewardship with global warming (heh!)issues.
Climate change is a fact of life since the beginning of time; it is the earth’s way of self-regulating. To think that mankind has any appreciable impact on climate is the height of hubris.

As I had linked in an article the other day, experts in climatology say that the best strategy is to learn to adapt and not take draconian measures because the jury is out on the whole concept of AGW and the cost-benefit relationship is inverse.

If the issue is one of reasonable stewardship and conservation, I believe that our nation and its industries/corporations set or exceed the standards of responsibility in the world… without damaging our economy.

Technology has improved our ability to explore, mine, drill,
extract and refine the wealth of resources we have in our country.

(I have seen first-hand the extraction of natural gas through wells drilled on my uncle’s farm. The whole process of exploration, drilling, and reclamation of the land after the initial dirty work is commendable. Providing access roads, clearing the land for heavy machinery, and planting after the work was completed was all borne by the gas company. The wells are unobtrusive, and the land’s value has improved. My uncle and aunt have access to free natural gas, and they have a tidy income stream for their retirement years. A win-win all around.)

We have the capability to create jobs in all of these fossil-fuel areas, as well as in alternative green fuels. We could probably export some of this wealth of resources in order to add to our economy. We would certainly be less susceptible to extortion or threats from nations that wish us ill. Energy independence is a security issue. Energy interdependence could be a boon to trade, as well.

When I read of McCain’s boondoggle ideas about cap and trade, I want to shout out against his economic ignorance. Such schemes are nothing more than a backdoor tax that will increase the cost of energy, food, and heating/cooling for the nation’s citizens.

McCain’s heart might be in the right place, but he needs to be schooled in facts by knowledgable scientists, economists, and industrialists.

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2008 at 3:58 PM

I have a proposal:

Instead of spending $Trillions of tax money now on something which may or may not happen (about as likely as re-invasion by Orson Welles’ Martians), lets make the Enviro-Facits a deal:

They use their money to fund “climate change” measures for 20 years, and if they get results, the US Treasury (our tax money) will reward their investment with a compounded 10% return on their investment in 2028. The only thing they have to do is get the US Congress to agree on the correct 2028 temperature target. The Enviro-Facist Temperature Controllers must achieve this temperature target within 1 degree Fahrenheit because the Enviro-Facists have said themselves that 1 degree is terribly significant. If they don’t achieve the result, no tax money: their investment is down the tubes.

This would be great entertainment: the Enviro-Facists working in Congress to turn the 2028 target thermostat down, and old people and farmers world-wide working to turn it up!!

And we’d finally get to see if the Enviro-Facists will put their own money where their mouth is!!

landlines on May 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Spelling Correction:

Facist Fascist

landlines on May 16, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, I want to be a supporter of the party that owns junk science. In twenty years I want people who are starving and can only turn the light on for twelve minutes a day to blame me and McCain for it. Yeah, that’s what the Republican party is all about, more Government, more regulation, and higher taxes.

You have to wonder why I want John McCain to lose in November?

Snake307 on May 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Isn’t this site a ripoff of Frank Lutz’s “Lutzometer” he created for the Fox primary election audience polls? He uses a dial, they use a mouse

Ragnell on May 16, 2008 at 8:33 PM

I tried to post a comment and THEY REFUSED TO ACCEPT IT!!!!! Now that is tell tale, they must scan for negative words so that all accepted comments are positive. ya think???

allrsn on May 16, 2008 at 10:25 PM

From the linked story:

When asked to select the one emotion they felt most strongly while viewing the ad from a list of emotions, Republicans reported that “hopeful”(37%), was the strongest emotion felt, compared to Democrats who indicated “skeptical” (37%) and independents who were split between “hopeful”(37%), and “skeptical” (37%) as the strongest emotion felt while viewing the ad.

What, ‘vomitus interruptus’ wasn’t a choice?

darwin-t on May 17, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Guess I have to buy a polar bear suit.

Only way to reap anything from this folly.

Ponzi Scheme meet Velikovsky Catastrophism.

The Chicken Littles are coming home to roost.

profitsbeard on May 18, 2008 at 1:48 AM