New McCain ad: “Words”

posted at 10:56 am on June 24, 2008 by Allahpundit

Good stuff, if only as a way of driving home to viewers that St. Barack is a politician like any other, but this issue is such inside baseball that I can’t help thinking the average reaction will be, “What’s public financing?”

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Not to mention the fact that most Dems will say: “HEY, he’s paying for it himself, at least it doesn’t come out of our taxes”

originalpechanga on June 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Not a topic of importance for most people, but it does illustrate Obama’s duplicitous nature. A say anything, do anything to win the presidency kind of guy.
However, that point seems to not drive home to the drones that believe Obama is the messiah.

jencab on June 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

but this issue is such inside baseball that I can’t help thinking the average reaction will be, “What’s public financing?”

Some people are so stupid. And yet these are the people that decide most elections. Ugh.

malan89 on June 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

I think the average reaction will be: “McCain broke public financing laws first.”

What a hypocrite he is…

alphie on June 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Is this an online ad or are they actually going to air it?

malan89 on June 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

This issue only matters to those who keep up with politics, and they’re the only ones poying attention until the fall. The Dems coming out that this respresents a tax savings are a hoot. A single day of Obama in the White House will cost the taxpayer more.

michaelo on June 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM

he’s paying for it himself, at least it doesn’t come out of our taxes”

Just tell them it is coming out of the pocket of the moneychanger soros who bets against the American currency, the American economy and the American people. Ask them how they think America will be run when the guy pulling the strings profits when America does poorly.

peacenprosperity on June 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM

O’ears doesn’t give a flip about his flop. All the Soros money will be a soothing salve for his pied piper campaign. Can’t you already see the lemmings plunging over the cliff?

wepeople on June 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM

My husband said last night that he thinks Obama could murder someone on stage in cold blood with his bare hands and the Obamaniacs would still think he is the second coming and the MM wouldn’t even report it. McCain has to take the gloves off and soon or it will all be lost.

ctmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

I really hope McCain recycles his “You certanly are the candidate of change” line he hit Romney with. It applies more to the Messiah than it ever did to Romney.

crazy_legs on June 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I agree with AP here. This is inside baseball stuff. The bigger issue was the presidential seal. People understand that issue.

bnelson44 on June 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

They could this same format for…well…pretty much everything Obama has said.

drjohn on June 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

This issue only matters to those who keep up with politics, and they’re the only ones poying attention until the fall. The Dems coming out that this respresents a tax savings are a hoot. A single day of Obama in the White House will cost the taxpayer more.

michaelo on June 24, 2008 at 11:09 AM

This isn’t a big issue but the FISA issue is huge. Lets hope McCain gets a big juicy flip flop ad out of that one.

ctmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM

For once, I’m more optimistic than most. I found this ad excellent, and we need more of them. Gloves off and let’s get dirty. Beating the enemy into the ground is the ONLY way.

MNDavenotPC on June 24, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Definitely too inside baseball.

Mac is wasting money and time with this, and it is exasperating to watch his unfocused campaign.

Buy Danish on June 24, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Not to mention the fact that most Dems will say: “HEY, he’s paying for it himself, at least it doesn’t come out of our taxes”

I thought it comes those who donate $3 on their tax forms?

Ian on June 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Also, the commercial would be great if they didn’t repeat Obama saying “words don’t matter” several times.

Ian on June 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

When I listen to some Obama supporters trying to rationalize his behavior, comments, associations, gaffes and emptiness, Jim Jones comes to mind. It is truly blind faith except the majority of his supporteres aren’t even clear on what their faith is based.

Syd B. on June 24, 2008 at 11:19 AM

OOF!

Now that was a blow to the gut against Obama. Very hard hitting ad.

Yakko77 on June 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I like the music. None of that gay triumphant music like in the ad with Fred! narrating.

AlexB on June 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

They didn’t mention race AT ALL in the ad. That, by definition, is racist, right?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

The United States of America will be an Obama-nation if McCain doesn’t take off the gloves and start hitting hard with ads like this one.

We have way too many people in the electorate who aren’t paying any attention to these things. They only see the gas prices going up every day and the value of their homes going down.

Cinematicfilm on June 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

This will work if it’s the first of a series of ads using different “never mind” moments to hammer home the same theme.

irishspy on June 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Okay, now back to drilling and refining oil and developing an energy policy…

right2bright on June 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM

I like seeing a guy who lives off his wife complaining that “that isn’t fair!”

BigD on June 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

My husband said last night that he thinks Obama could murder someone on stage in cold blood with his bare hands and the Obamaniacs would still think he is the second coming and the MM wouldn’t even report it. ctmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

I just said pretty much the same thing to my wife. At this point he can do no wrong. Everything and I do mean everything he says or does will be not only be explained away but spun into something other than the truth. Kill someone on stage? Come on, he’s a hero for protecting the people around him. Nothing can stop BO from being president. What we have to do is figure out if we can survive and hope he will go away after 4 or 8 years. Which to be honest has me more frighten because I do not think it beyond possibility that he would pull a Hugo Chaves on us.

jmarcure on June 24, 2008 at 11:34 AM

This will work if it’s the first of a series of ads using different “never mind” moments to hammer home the same theme.

irishspy on June 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Exactly. This one particular issue may be “inside baseball,” but it is a recurring theme. The big picture can be built one ad at a time.

Missy on June 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM

McCain has to take the gloves off and soon or it will all be lost.

ctmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:14 AM

That’s why I’m glad to see this ad. I just hope it gets airtime to the public (e.g., on TV) and not just on youtube. They could make a whole ad campaign about this, using issues others have suggested (and I hope they do).

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually happy to see a McCain ad painting Obama in a negative light. It’s not the only campaign tactic he should choose, but if he did a little less “My Friendsh, we need to believe in ourshelvesh” and a little more “Look, the other guy sucks. HARD!” he’d be polling better today.

steadyrock on June 24, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Love the ad!

becki51758 on June 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Like the ad. A lot. To the point and though a little repetitive, no one who sees it will forget two things: that Obama said that words matter, and that his own can’t be trusted.

inviolet on June 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Nobody cares…..

Dirthead on June 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

“What’s public financing?”

Seven Percent Solution on June 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM

“Inside baseball” isn’t important here. The ad very forcefully shows that Obama is not a man of his word. The public doesn’t have to understand the difference between public and private financing of elections to get it. It’s nice that it does sell to those who enjoy inside baseball too.

Buford Gooch on June 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I love how he says

We’vemade the decision not to participate in the public financing system…”

¿Que? I thought HE was the big, brave, stand-alone decision maker bucking Washington. Is he setting the stage to blame advisers should this prove to have been…unwise?

tree hugging sister on June 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM

It’s OK as far as it goes, but McCain could be making Obama flip-flop ads on more substantive issues:

NAFTA: “devastating” in Ohio, “campaign rhetoric” in Canada, can’t renegotiate unilaterally now;

Capital gains tax: show Obama’s support for return to 28%, nearly doubling, despite fact (pointed out by ABC moderator) thatn reducing to 15% increased revenues.

Israel: “Undivided Jerusalem” one day, backtrack for the Palestinians the next day

Wright: “can’t disown him more than my grandmother” in Philly, disowns him a few weeks later

Ahmadinejad: willing to meet him without preconditions in Dem debate, show Hillary’s criticism as naive and irresponsible, now talking about “preparations”

Pakistan: Obama was willing to transfer troops from Iraq to Pakistan to go after Bin Laden without permission of Pakistani government–point out that former Prime Minister Bhutto was assassinated, Pakistan would cut off supply lines to troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan has nukes.

Steve Z on June 24, 2008 at 11:44 AM

tree hugging sister on June 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM

It’s the royal “we”

Buford Gooch on June 24, 2008 at 11:46 AM

EVERYBODY knows what public financing is – at least, everyone who files a federal income tax return. Right at the top of the 1040 is that box you check or don’t check to send $3 to the presidential election fund. Don’t buy into the MSM meme that this issue goes over people’s heads. It doesn’t.

This is an unbelievably great ad. The tagline is going to make some Obama people crap their pants.

rockmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Public financing of campaigns is important to:
1) John mcCain
2) Russ Feingold
3) the NY Times

…and no one else.

james23 on June 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

We need to be salting the liberal blogs with complaints that everyone who gave to the presidential campaign fund has just given $3 to John McCain.

rockmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

rockmom on June 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Love it!

Limerick on June 24, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Barack’s constant flip-flops make Kerry look consistent.

Mallard T. Drake on June 24, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Some people are so stupid. And yet these are the people that decide most elections. Ugh.
malan89 on June 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

The average person’s intelligence is below average.

Akzed on June 24, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Inside Baseball, indeed. Anyone stupid enough to vote for this dope is not going to know what “disingenuous” means.

Jaibones on June 24, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Still love the ad; well done. And the hip-flop background music is perfect.

Jaibones on June 24, 2008 at 12:08 PM

This issue is for sissies.

Obama has decided to not suck at the taxpayer teat, unlike McCain. If it’s a ‘flip-flop’, then at least it’s in the right direction.

Whining about how he changed his mind (and ended up doing something more in line with so-called ‘conservative’ values) only makes McCain look like a poof.

It’s far more interesting to observe what this means in the context of the integrity of Democrat party internals.

LimeyGeek on June 24, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I find that ad to be a distraction. LOL

Note to the McCain campaign — run that ad often, but also, make a series of them.

D2Boston on June 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Amateurish. That’s not a real ad, is it? Good concept, poor execution.

InDubly on June 24, 2008 at 12:32 PM

I like the ad’s structure, but agree with AP that it’s so inside baseball people won’t understand. I’d like to see a series (3 or 4) 30 second spots, similarly framed, that chip away at Obama’s “change” message based on two themes:

(1) Obama is a fraud. E.g., the flip-flop on public financing, the awful way he handled Wright, Ayers, Rezko, his own life story (“I walked away from Wall Street and did community organizing” … “while my wife was an associate raking in the bucks at Sidley Austin, and then was in a highly paid position at the hospital”).

(2) Obama is Carter reincarnated. E.g., taxes, socialist health care, dovist (is that a word?) foreign policy, hostility toward Israel, an energy policy obsessively focused on reducing demand.

But this ad is a start, and I’ll take it!

Outlander on June 24, 2008 at 12:43 PM

We have way too many people in the electorate who aren’t paying any attention to these things.

The public will start to pay attention at the end of summer, maybe a bit after. The last two to three months are the only period that matters.

flenser on June 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM

I can’t help thinking the average reaction will be, “What’s public financing?”

Just spell public without the l. They’ll understand.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM

If the funds available for public financing was to be divided between the two presidential candidates and one declines to participate, does the other receive just half of the funds or the whole pile?

News2Use on June 24, 2008 at 12:51 PM

*** Obama has decided to not suck at the taxpayer teat, unlike McCain. If it’s a ‘flip-flop’, then at least it’s in the right direction. *** LimeyGeek on June 24, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I hate most campaign finance laws, including McCain-Feingold. My only campaign laws would be (1) no foreign donors, (2) no corporate / union donors, and (3) all donations must be publicly disclosed. So I’m sympathetic to your view.

But I think we should be very worried about how Obama is financing his campaign. From whom is all Obama’s money coming? Are we really to believe that 1.4 million college students and young professionals went on barackobama.com and donated $20 each? I’m sure many did, but given the influence of the hard-left money groups over Obama’s campaign, it makes you wonder. And THAT’s where I think McCain should hit him.

Outlander on June 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

However, that point seems to not drive home to the drones that believe Obama is the messiah.
jencab on June 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

It’s not aimed at the nutroots supporters, it’s aimed at fence sitters that haven’t committed yet. Just trying to shove them off the fence in the right direction.

Oldnuke on June 24, 2008 at 1:01 PM

As further follow-up, the Obama people love to talk about Obama’s “one million” Facebook supporters. I went on his supporter page and listed the members. Of the first 50 results, at least 14 were from foreign countries and another 8 were high school students. Interesting, no?

Outlander on June 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Inside baseball is completely beside the point. What maters is Obama clearly and in his own words breaking his word, then in essence daring the viewer not to call him on it.

And sure, he’s got his band of zombies who won’t care.

But holy freakin’ moly they ain’t the freakin’ point.

Folks there aren’t any caucus states in the general election. And there aren’t enough Obamatrons to win without him an election without appealing to a whole lot of Regular Joes.

And while Regular Joe may not know what public financing is, he does know a liar when he sees one.

Good ad.

Typhoon on June 24, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Nice bump. You go Juan!

Mojave Mark on June 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Public financing of campaigns is important to:
1) John mcCain
2) Russ Feingold
3) the NY Times

…and no one else.

james23 on June 24, 2008 at 11:50 AM

That’s not the point. As with WJC’s indiscretions in the Oval Office, it wasn’t so much that he was cheating on his wife that bothered me (although that was certainly bad enough), it was that he lied under oath about it. That was the impeachable offense, not the screwing per se.

Same here. Even if it’s an issue I’m not all that interested in, his pandering should be pointed out–otherwise his tactics will work. We need to make sure everyone knows about his flips and his flops–not just the people he’s wooing at that particular moment. If his changeover on FISA pleases the mods, it pisses off the MoveOn crowd. We need to make sure that both groups know he isn’t a man with honest convictions, he is a man who is pandering to you and hopes you’re too stupid to notice.

Bob's Kid on June 24, 2008 at 2:27 PM

I thought it comes those who donate $3 on their tax forms?

Where do you believe that $3 comes from? It is not deducted from your refund if you are due one, nor is it added to your payment if you owe one. It’s just a little box on your tax return that you check with no financial consequence to you whatsoever, right? So, where do those three dollars come from?

Len on June 24, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Where do you believe that $3 comes from? It is not deducted from your refund if you are due one, nor is it added to your payment if you owe one. It’s just a little box on your tax return that you check with no financial consequence to you whatsoever, right? So, where do those three dollars come from?

Len on June 24, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Out of thin air…. you know.. The Fed.

44Magnum on June 24, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Having a problem with integrity is an issue worth calling Obama on. Nice shot!

Hog Wild on June 24, 2008 at 7:04 PM