McCain Ad: “Love”

posted at 11:30 am on July 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain may not have meant his new ad to be so provocative, but “Love” raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and political questions.  He contrasts the Summer of Love and all its carnal implications with his love of country — and the very different experiences he had as compared to the young people in America at that time.

It was a time of uncertainty, hope and change. The “Summer Of Love.” Half a world away, another kind of love — of country.

John McCain: Shot down. Bayoneted. Tortured. Offered early release, he said, “No.” He’d sworn an oath.

Home, he turned to public service. His philosophy: before party, polls and self … America. A maverick, John McCain tackled campaign reform, military reform, spending reform. He took on presidents, partisans and popular opinion.

He believes our world is dangerous, our economy in shambles. John McCain doesn’t always tell us what we “hope” to hear. Beautiful words cannot make our lives better.

But a man who has always put his country and her people before self, before politics can.

Don’t “hope” for a better life. Vote for one. McCain.

This does more than just belittle the “hope” theme. It provokes an interesting contest between competing visions of the nation, of service, and of “love” and what it means. McCain’s ad draws battle lines between philos and eros and takes one last shot at a decade that produced the most self-referential and self-absorbed generation of Americans ever seen — the Baby Boomers.

The imagery and the text make clear that McCain believes in the classic values of sacrifice and honor, especially in service to the nation. That sacrifice extends to his political career, which he has risked for issues he felt important to the country. Nowhere has that been more true than on Iraq. While Barack Obama continues to waffle and hedge his bets on withdrawal, McCain staked his presidential campaign on victory — and proved himself right and Obama wrong on the surge and the stabilizing effect it has had on Iraq.

It’s an effective and affecting ad. Will it work? That depends in large part on how people see the 60s. For those who lionize it and its excesses, McCain’s ad will seem silly and pointless. For those who see it as a moment when America lost its way, McCain’s ad will have great appeal, especially in its emphasis on philos over eros. Those of us who believe that the 60s were a mixed bag can still appreciate McCain’s point.

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Rave Drywall is just a bitter American, because America hasn’t turned into the communist enclave that he and his Che lovers from the 60s wanted – Obama is one of those.

kirkill on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Seriously, from the standpoint of a 45 year-old, 60s ads don’t mean much.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 11:46 AM

So false. The people in the 60′s footage grew up to be the Ted Turners, William Ayers, Susan Sarandons, that Manson chick, etc. Still with us and no less poisonous and narcissistic. I like to see the footage and be reminded why I reject those people and their ideas with such revulsion.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

We should start a YouTube channel where we mock up ads for McCain to choose from…

JustTruth101 on July 8, 2008 at 12:45 PM

that Manson chick, etc.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Marilyn Manson?

Darksean on July 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Well, it can’t be totally false if at least I think so. I think people would rather see ads that talk about the future than ads that talk about the past. You have to give people something to vote for, not just vote against. And you can’t go backward.

I sometimes feel like this campaign is McCain’s catharsis.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Note: We neglected to mention that Allahpundit is on vacation this week. He will be back, tanned, rested, and ready, next week.

I figured…had he fallen off the edge of the earth, there’d have been a headline–Allahpundit Discovers A New World!” Enjoy the waves, AP (where else? I can’t imagine AP at a dude ranch since Jack Palance wouldn’t be there to greet another city slicker, particularly not after Brokeback Mtn).

maverick muse on July 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

that Manson chick, etc.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Marilyn Manson?

Darksean on July 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Um. I believe she meant Susan Atkinson or whatever who was part of the Manson family and who killed Sharon Tate. There was a Hot Air post on her this past week.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 12:54 PM

“Paid for by _____________.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

“Paid for by NOBAMA”
I’d donate for that.

maverick muse on July 8, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Community organizing, Obama style from the THE GAMALIEL FOUNDATION’S PLATFORM here

Segregation and racism are one of the primary and driving forces inside American politics, culture and society. Racism fuels the current injustice and the current political reality we experience every day.

faraway on July 8, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Well, it can’t be totally false if at least I think so. I think people would rather see ads that talk about the future than ads that talk about the past. You have to give people something to vote for, not just vote against. And you can’t go backward.

I sometimes feel like this campaign is McCain’s catharsis.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 12:50 PM

A fair point, if this were October. But it’s July. This is an early ad meant to lay down markers about who John McCain is. It’s a very good contrast to Obama’s “bio” ad, which looks like thin gruel in comparison.

I’m sure later ads will draw more on his ideas for the future, and his contrasting vision of America with Obama’s. In fact, McCain is talking more about the future than Obama is, if you actually listen to both of them. His economic speech yesterday was fantastic.

rockmom on July 8, 2008 at 12:57 PM

A great ad, and it plays not only to those revolted by the ’60′s, but also the early ’70′s: McCain wasn’t released until 1973, and the hippie movement continued well into the early ’70′s. By the way, wasn’t it the “free love” of the ’70′s that gave us all the “bimbo eruptions” in the Clinton White House?

The next ad should tell us about the late ’70′s, and all the grief that Obama’s predecessor in policy gave us.

I’m with “Maverick Muse”–McCain needs to use his gift for “bipartisanship” to forge a center-right coalition to get conservative judges confirmed to the Supreme Court, and to work with willing Democrats to open up Federal land for shale oil, offshore drilling, ANWR, and development of nuclear plants.

Steve Z on July 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Let’s hope he loves America more than he loved his first wife.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Let’s hope he loves America more than he loved his first wife.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Obama’s new kind of politics in action here.

faraway on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

I live in northern Delaware. My neighborhood is about 50/50 over 45, under 45. Upper middle class. Lots of young children.

There are about 20 Obama signs, and about two McCain signs.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I’m with “Maverick Muse”–McCain needs to use his gift for “bipartisanship” to forge a center-right coalition to get conservative judges confirmed to the Supreme Court, and to work with willing Democrats to open up Federal land for shale oil, offshore drilling, ANWR, and development of nuclear plants.

Yeah, because that’s what he used his bipartisan mojo for so much in the past, right?

Jimmie on July 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Let’s hope he loves America more than he loved his first wife.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM

I have been reading about how those who have been held by FARC have to be careful now that they are back about their relationships with their families.
How things have changed, children older, spouses taking over the role of both parents etc.
McCains five years as a POW probably changed him. His wife was also a different person after all that time.

Perhaps they were just too different to stay together after all that time apart.

Sometimes things just happen and you fall out of love.

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

That ad was pretty good.

He should mock HOPE all the way to November.

Dubn8tr on July 8, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Fine ad, just knock out the first 5 seconds of “Woodstock” cr*p. It’s irrelevant to the rest of the ad and damn distracting…I spent the next 20-30 seconds trying to figure out, “now, what the heck was THAT all about” before I could get back to concentrating on the ad’s point.

Lockstein13 on July 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM

live in northern Delaware. My neighborhood is about 50/50 over 45, under 45. Upper middle class. Lots of young children.

There are about 20 Obama signs, and about two McCain signs.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

While in my neighborhood there are no McCain signs at all, there are never Republican signs…yet we vote that way pretty often. Ya see, we got tired of repainting and buying new windows.
Your comment has zero relevence. If yard signs meant diddly, Ron Paul would be the nominee.

TBinSTL on July 8, 2008 at 1:24 PM

From the same people who voted for John Kerry, I bring you:

Let’s hope he loves America more than he loved his first wife.
Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Obama’s new kind of politics in action here.
faraway on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Exactly.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 1:25 PM

If anyone would like to contribute:

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:26 PM

http://www.armyaunt.johnmccain.com

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I think you’re absolutely correct. People who survive those extreme situations seldom remain the same they were before.

I have read somewhere else that McCain and his first wife had grown so apart as a result of his experience that the separation and divorce were quite painful to behold. Even his good friend, Co. Bud Day, said so – and he helped with the divorce papers. However, McCain made sure his first wife and daughter were well cared-for. He knew it was not their fault that it all turned out that way.

newton on July 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM

I think you’re absolutely correct. People who survive those extreme situations seldom remain the same they were before.

I have read somewhere else that McCain and his first wife had grown so apart as a result of his experience that the separation and divorce were quite painful to behold. Even his good friend, Co. Bud Day, said so – and he helped with the divorce papers. However, McCain made sure his first wife and daughter were well cared-for. He knew it was not their fault that it all turned out that way.

newton on July 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM

John McCain had also adopted Carol McCain’s two sons by an earlier marriage. One of them now works for Cindy McCain’s family’s beer distributorship company in Arizona.

Wethal on July 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Wethal on July 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Yep.

newton on July 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

TBinSTL on July 8, 2008 at 1:24 PM

I put up a Bush sign in 2000 and 2004…and both of them mysteriously disappeared in the night…probably democratic union thugs going around…

right4life on July 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Let’s hope he loves America more than he loved his first wife.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 1:03 PM
Obama’s new kind of politics in action here.

faraway on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

But…but…but, he’s all about CHANGE!

/

Pulchritudinous Patriot on July 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Your comment has zero relevence.

TBinSTL on July 8, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Gee, thanks. I kind of thought it did have relevance, since I made it.

Oh, that is relevance, by the way, with an “a.”

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

May have been mentioned on the first page, but does the narrator sound like the actor who played the captain in The Hunt for Red October?

bikermailman on July 8, 2008 at 1:38 PM

This is probably McCain’s most honest ad. He loves America, above all else (indeed, I’d argue, above Americans themselves). To some, that is his greatest strength. To me, it is his greatest flaw, as he seems ever-willing to sacrifice Americans for the betterment of “American values.”

Mark Jaquith on July 8, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Outstanding ad. McCain’s new team has found the message.

Obama talks, McCain does. Demonstrably, and for decades, long before he sought any public office. Flowery words vs. concrete actions, compare and contrast. More like this please.

Gilda on July 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Excellent ad! Now, what does John McAmnesty stand for? Open borders and amnesty for all? Siding with Ted Kennedy, Dianne Feinstien and Russ Feingold whenever possible? Campaign Finance Reform limiting free speech? Does he hate conservatives like he has professed? How about us Christians that he’s spent his career mocking? We wait for answers…

sabbott on July 8, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Looking at the “Bob Herbert” article elsewhere in HOT AIR gave me an idea for some other ads which might be a bit more persuasive for the independent voters out there: face-shot after face-shot declaring that they are avid Hillary supporters voting for McCain.

Lockstein13 on July 8, 2008 at 1:50 PM

To say that this ad is great would be an understatement. It reminds me of the first ad Powers Booth did for McCain that had Winston Churchill in it. This should air in every state, it not only defines McCain’s biography but completely destroys the notion that we put all our faith in hope and things will be better. McCain is what Obama proclaims to be.

Complete7 on July 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

So false. The people in the 60’s footage grew up to be the Ted Turners, William Ayers, Susan Sarandons, that Manson chick, etc. Still with us and no less poisonous and narcissistic. I like to see the footage and be reminded why I reject those people and their ideas with such revulsion.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

There are those of us who were part of this movement who grew up! We got jobs, stopped taking drugs, realized that the message of the 60′s and early 70′s was a lie and that the government had zero answers to our problems. We then became Republicans. Ronald Regan came along and inspired us! Now, as conservatives we find ourselves “in the wilderness and searching”…

sabbott on July 8, 2008 at 1:54 PM

OK, This is BY FAR the best ad they’ve come up with.

Don’t “hope” for a better life. Vote for one. McCain.

Perfect.

JetBoy on July 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

And btw, this may really be one of the exceptions to the usual mud-slinging that comes from both sides.

McCain can throw “mud” in his ads, without it looking at all like it’s “mud” he’s throwing.

This is advertising, and politics, at its finest.

JetBoy on July 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I like the idea of putting these ads on youtube first to see how they play…it’s a good way to prevent costly mistakes.

Bob's Kid on July 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

And btw, this may really be one of the exceptions to the usual mud-slinging that comes from both sides.

McCain can throw “mud” in his ads, without it looking at all like it’s “mud” he’s throwing.

This is advertising, and politics, at its finest.

JetBoy on July 8, 2008 at 1:59 PM

I doubt that McCain’s campaign intended it, but this is also a very, very subtle response to Obama’s “Kansas values” ad. Obama stayed with his Kansas-born grandparents in Hawaii for high school because his flower-child mother wanted to flit around the globe marrying unsuitable-for-fatherhood men.

That’s not necessarily criticism of Obama (you can’t pick your relatives), but of the narcissistic lefty values he espouses (an inconvenient, unwanted child is “punishment.”)

Wethal on July 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Obama’s new kind of politics in action here.

faraway on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

From the same people who voted for John Kerry, I bring you:

Obama’s new kind of politics in action here.
faraway on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Exactly.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 1:25 PM

But…but…but, he’s all about CHANGE!

Pulchritudinous Patriot on July 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

You’re a bunch of morons. I hate John Kerry and I hate Obama with a bloody vengeance. Just because I refuse to kneel at the altar of John McCain (and I would still vote for him over Barrack Osama in a heartbeat, if you must know) doesn’t mean I’m an Obama supporter. In fact, I find it extremely ironic that I’m being called an Obama supporter because I refuse to treat my candidate like a god the way Obama supporters do. You stooges on the other hand… Want me to photoshop you a picture of McCain with a halo?

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

McCains five years as a POW probably changed him. His wife was also a different person after all that time.

Perhaps they were just too different to stay together after all that time apart.

Sometimes things just happen and you fall out of love.

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

What changed was that she wasn’t hot anymore. I trust McCain on this issue like I trust Bill Clinton. I don’t know what the hell he was thinking comparing his love of America with romantic love.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 2:16 PM

I don’t know what the hell he was thinking comparing his love of America with romantic love.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 2:16 PM

I agree with you. Most here seemed to have like the ad, but I dislike anything that reeks of a Christ complex. You know, McCain sacrificed all while we were sinners and now if we vote for him we’ll have a better life. It just doesn’t sit well.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

> What changed was that she wasn’t hot anymore.

How do you know that was the reason?

Mary in LA on July 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Well structured ad. Smelly Hippies versus War Hero. Defines what he actually has done, shows him as his own man. The Maverick angle should play well.

Krydor on July 8, 2008 at 2:32 PM

My only beef is the “economy in shambles” thing.

Economy in shambles would be 1932.

Considering we have not even had the two quarters (actually we haven’t had ONE) of no growth neccessary to even call this a “recession,” to compare the situation to a DEPRESSION is a little bit premature.

otcconan on July 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Well, look at McCain and campaign finance reform like this … that gave birth to 527′s and without 527′s John Kerry would have become President in ’04 and we would be looking at a replay of Vietnam in Iraq right now and all of the consequences of that.

There’s always a silver lining… you just have to look for it .. hard sometimes.

Texas Gal on July 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Texas Gal on July 8, 2008 at 2:37 PM

But Swiftboat Vets would not have needed any type of organization (527) without Mccain/Feingold… they would have had ACTUAL freedom of speech.

Messege still would have been made… just without government interference.

Romeo13 on July 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

The people in the 60’s footage grew up to be the Ted Turners, William Ayers, Susan Sarandons, that Manson chick, etc. Still with us and no less poisonous and narcissistic. I like to see the footage and be reminded why I reject those people and their ideas with such revulsion.

Well, the ad obviously plays well with douches like you, but I doubt most people give a s**t about Woodstock anymore (and if you knew anything about the 60s other than what you’ve seen on Time-Life commercials or read in your CPAC leaflets, you’d know that “those people” were much loved by the “hip capitalists” of Madison Avenue and Wall Street for their reinvigoration of consumerism after the stagnant grey flannel 50s).

And, ironically, all those revolting people at the beginning are carrying a “Support the Troops” banner, which stands your Gingrich-eque revisionism on its head, now doesn’t it?

Grow Fins on July 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

… if we vote for him we’ll have a better life. It just doesn’t sit well.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

I agree with that sentiment. This ad still buys into the notion that hope and “a better life” come from politicians and government, and that rankles us rugged individualists who hate big government getting in the way of our pursuit of happiness.

However, as others have pointed out, this ad is not for us conservatives. It’s for the moderates and swing voters, who will actually decide this election. What we conservatives hate about McCain–his willingness to go against us when he sees fit–is what they like about McCain. It’s actually what makes him the Republican who had the best chance to beat Obama this year. He has a proven track record of “thinking for himself.” We may hate it, and justifiably so, but the ones who get to pick our next president love it, and that’s what will matter in the end.

aero on July 8, 2008 at 2:52 PM

How do you know that was the reason?

Mary in LA on July 8, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Because he cheated on her with, and dumped her for a hot, very rich woman. Unless you think she liked her for her personality in which case I have some oceanfront property in Nevada I’d like to sell you.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 2:58 PM

douches like you
Grow Fins on July 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Well what do you know. Toss a pebble into a pond and something small, gray and wrinkled in the slime roars like a big beastie.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM

douches like you
Grow Fins on July 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM
.
Well what do you know. Toss a pebble into a pond and something small, gray and wrinkled in the slime roars like a big beastie.

RushBaby on July 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM

And, ironically, all those revolting people at the beginning are carrying a “Support the Troops” banner, which stands your Gingrich-eque revisionism on its head, now doesn’t it?

Grow Fins on July 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

.
And yet wonderfully ignorant at the same time….

Think_b4_speaking on July 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Memo to Darth Executor:

Apparently you have not gotten the memo from moonbat central.

The tactic of using personal attacks against John McCain is not working. In fact it is blowing back on your Obamamessiah.

Nahanni on July 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Darth:

The point is not whether or not you kneel for McCain, it is whether or not you go out of your way to bad mouth him, sabotage him, and hope for his destruction because you are pissed your guy did not win the nomination instead.

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 3:37 PM

I remember the 60′s. hell no I won’t go I won’t fight for Exxon oil.

I remember the communists on campus worshiping the Khmer Rouge as far as that is concerned.

This is the truth about my generation, we made sure we got the Viet Nam war memorial before our fathers got the WW2 memorial.

Most of the greatest generation was dead and gone before half my generation could admit that they were not a bunch of racist capitalist war mongers.

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 3:40 PM

BigD

Howdy neighbor. Just finished my lunch, a turkey sub from Capriotti’s on Limestone Rd.

Chimpy on July 8, 2008 at 3:40 PM

This ad is great!

Pat in NC on July 8, 2008 at 3:49 PM

you guys should really stay away from john’s history w/ wives and such. there is no way to tell that story w/o him looking like the shitheel he is. first wife was an ex-girlfriend married w/ kids to a canoe U classmate of john’s. he hooked up, cheated on his classmate and stole the guy’s wife. he came back from vietnam and she was crippled and fat and he started cheating right away. several years later he dumps her for a rich heiress. yeah, he has made sure she has been taken care of, but he deserves no accolades for that. it was THE LEAST he should have done. bravery courage he has scads of, character and integrity, not so much.

chasdal on July 8, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Now, it needs to play here in the Panhandle at least half as often as that retch-inducing Obama “I didn’t Take Good Jobs!” ad does.

tree hugging sister on July 8, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Interesting. I haven’t seen the ad, but I’m guessing it doesn’t mention the fact that Barry and Michelle Obama met while both were working as lawyers at Sidley & Austin, a big, white-shoe (i.e. prestigious and high-paying) law firm, where both accepted jobs after law school.

AZCoyote on July 8, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 3:37 PM

you dont just dont get it. to keep mccain in check from his liberal tendencies we have to try and elect conservative senators and reps. so we would have those people campaigning AGAINST the policies of the presidential candidate?? mccain will have no coattails whatsoever for other candidates to try and ride.

much better to fight obama for 4 years and try again in 2012 then to have to fight mccain and have congressional candidates that have to run against his policies.

you do realize the ny times endorsed him for a reason? the most liberal candidate on the republican slate.

oh and now here’s where you talk about the primaries, he’s the only one electable, etc. bunch of garbage, less than half the electorate got to express their opinion this cycle.

when in history has a candidate had this much trouble securing his base? not ever that i can remember. dole had more support than this guy

chasdal on July 8, 2008 at 3:56 PM

The tactic of using personal attacks against John McCain is not working. In fact it is blowing back on your Obamamessiah.

Nahanni on July 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM

In case you’re a moron: I hate Obama. Learn to read.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Darth:

The point is not whether or not you kneel for McCain, it is whether or not you go out of your way to bad mouth him, sabotage him, and hope for his destruction because you are pissed your guy did not win the nomination instead.

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 3:37 PM

It’s unfortunate that this needs to be said, just about every singe day here, but these people require it. And so expect this battle to go on until november.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 4:00 PM

much better to fight obama for 4 years and try again in 2012
chasdal on July 8, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Oh for the love of God …..

It’s amazing how some so called conservatives actually want Obama to win. There is a name for people like you.

Democrats.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 4:01 PM

The point is not whether or not you kneel for McCain, it is whether or not you go out of your way to bad mouth him, sabotage him, and hope for his destruction because you are pissed your guy did not win the nomination instead.

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 3:37 PM

First of all, I had no “guy”. The roster was horrible. I’d have preferred Thompson or Romney over McCain but I hardly went gaga over either one. Second of all, I don’t “go out of my way to badmouth him”, I “badmouth” him the same way I’d badmouth any other public person with his behaviour. I find it incredible that people here went completely nuts over Clinton cheating on his wife but are willing to give McCain a free pass just because he’s “their guy”. Fuck that, I’m not gonna compromise my principles and look the other way just because he has an R next to his name. If it was BJ or Osama ditching hillary/michelle and marrying a rich, hot woman I wouldn’t hear the end of it. McCain is a despicable politician and a despicable human being. His only redeeming trait is that he’s not as despicable as Obama. That’s it.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 4:05 PM

It’s unfortunate that this needs to be said, just about every singe day here, but these people require it. And so expect this battle to go on until november.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I’m sorry you have no principles. I wish I could be as machiavelian as you but I’m not. Have a nice day.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Howdy neighbor. Just finished my lunch, a turkey sub from Capriotti’s on Limestone Rd.

Chimpy on July 8, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Uh oh. Having gone from Newark to Wilmington city-side back in the late 90s, I don’t venture west anymore unless I have to, which is maybe to go to the car dealer or East End Cafe. Good to know you’re out there, Chimpy.

BigD on July 8, 2008 at 4:07 PM

This man, John McCain: IS http://www.countrybeforeself.com
At this time in our nation’s history (and it is being written as we speak) no one else! NO ONE ELSE!

ilitigant on July 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

But Swiftboat Vets would not have needed any type of organization (527) without Mccain/Feingold… they would have had ACTUAL freedom of speech.

Messege still would have been made… just without government interference.

Romeo13 on July 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

With all due respect Romeo, you’re comparing what you think might have happened to what actually did happen.

Texas Gal on July 8, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I’m sorry you have no principles. I wish I could be as machiavelian as you but I’m not. Have a nice day.
Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 4:06 PM

LOL, lie and lie some more. It’s apparently all you are capable of.

wise_man on July 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I find it incredible that people here went completely nuts over Clinton cheating on his wife but are willing to give McCain a free pass just because he’s “their guy”.

I must have missed it – when did John McCain run for office with his first wife by his side while openly screwing every woman in sight? When did he and his wife go on 60 Minutes and pretend to have a happy marriage? When did McCain go on national television deying that he had had sex with an employee half his age?

The other big difference between McCain and Clinton is that McCain and his first wife got a divorce. That’s an honest admission that you don’t want to be married anymore. His wife freely gave him the divorce too. Bill and Hillary will never get a divorce even though nobody in America thinks they have ever had a real marriage at all. That’s the kind of elemental lie that America should never tolerate.

John McCain has never lied about the fact that he met and fell for Cindy before he was divorced. He has also never campaigned as a “family values” kind of guy, which would make him a hypocrite. As far as anyone knows, he has been faithful to Cindy and she to him.

Ronald Reagan also had a failed first marriage and Nancy was probably pregnant when they were married. I guess by your standards no conservative should ever have supported Reagan and he never should have been president.

rockmom on July 8, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Because he cheated on her with, and dumped her for a hot, very rich woman. Unless you think she liked her for her personality in which case I have some oceanfront property in Nevada I’d like to sell you.

Darth Executor on July 8, 2008 at 2:58 PM

You know he and his first wife are still on good terms so why does this bother YOU?

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 4:48 PM

I doubt that McCain’s campaign intended it, but this is also a very, very subtle response to Obama’s “Kansas values” ad. Obama stayed with his Kansas-born grandparents in Hawaii for high school because his flower-child mother wanted to flit around the globe marrying unsuitable-for-fatherhood men.

That’s not necessarily criticism of Obama (you can’t pick your relatives), but of the narcissistic lefty values he espouses (an inconvenient, unwanted child is “punishment.”)

Wethal on July 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Good point. Whomever is producing the RNC and McCain campaign ads is/are doing one heck of a job.

JetBoy on July 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

You know………….. I think an add with John McCain drilling for oil and building the border fence would probably do a little better.

Seven Percent Solution on July 8, 2008 at 7:07 PM

We “lost our way” during the sixties? Are you shitting me?

Nonfactor on July 8, 2008 at 8:31 PM

McCain’s five years as a POW probably changed him.

ArmyAunt on July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Vote McCain: get morph for your money.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 8, 2008 at 8:33 PM

As a member of “Generation Y” whose closest experience with the Summer of Love/Vietnam era was watching ‘Forest Gump’…

I liked it. Except for the ‘economy in shambles’ bit. That was stupid… he should have used something like ‘struggling economy’.

People who think the economy is ‘in shambles’ right now have no sense of history.

salmonczar on July 8, 2008 at 9:00 PM

As a bio ad, comparing his experience (military service, POW, maverick) to Obama’s (yay my grandma loved me!) without actually mentioning the messiah is pretty effective.

Poking fun at the ‘hope’ mantra = also thumbs up. Now, to explain to the pleebs how the ‘change’ Obama’s talking about refers only to what will be left in your wallets…

salmonczar on July 8, 2008 at 9:03 PM

It’s a great ad. It’s ironic, but the ad is more effective than the candidate. Usually, it’s the opposite.

PattyJ on July 8, 2008 at 9:46 PM

I do love the last line; a great little shot at Barry Hussein bin Laden! The only change Obama wants is in your pocket and he has hope your dumb enough to give it to him.

Say, as he is half white how come I don’t hear the negros calling him an Oreo?

Bubba Redneck on July 8, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Like it or not, conservatives, this guy is going to be the President. I’m ok with that.

Now, we need to get a conservative running for Senate against Obambi in Illinois. Let’s send this douchebag back to the Illinois general assembly, where he is at his intellectual and moral depth.

Jaibones on July 9, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Can’t wait for the Obama counter-ad.

Shot of Barry changing his younger daughter’s diaper.

Voice Over:

Barack Obama knows about CHANGE.”

Close-up of him dumping the gamey item in the trash.

He’s a hands-on guy.”

profitsbeard on July 9, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Too bad this fool wants to grant amnesty to millions and millions and millions of illegal immigration criminal cheaters. If he is too stupid to see the folley in that, he is too stupid to be POTUS.

saiga on July 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM

As a 40 year old, it means a lot. While my dad was making a career in the military, the hippies were doping, drinking and playing kissy face with the Soviets, even as 3/4 of them were too stupid to realize it. I can tell you that there are plenty of young men who see the aging hippy dirtbags for what they are. This ad is a great ad. WAY better than I thought any ad could make me feel about McCain, and I know that it will be a good one if it runs nationally. I will probably never see it, seems the GOP doesn’t waste much time advertising in the GOP stronghold of the Northern Rockies.

Spartacus on July 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

The ad is not directed to the “center.” It’s directed to all those people who have woken up after the 70s, but can’t figure out what to do next, the people who never had a chance to read serious analyses about Viet Nam, who couldn’t hear the voices that connected the fairy tale 60s with the blighted 70s because those voices where shouted down from the heights of Academia, the people who want to love America but were told “patriotism is a sin, you should make love with strangers instead.”

njcommuter on July 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

He isn’t called an Oreo because he doesn’t “act white”. He got out in front of that by marrying a whitey-hating radical, and by standing by all kinds of commie radicals.

Spartacus on July 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

I saw the ad on Philadelphia TV last night, during the 11:00 news. It looked great on my 46″ HDTV! I do cringe at the “economy in shambles” line though. I wish they would soften it to “a struggling economy.” The economy in Pennsylvania is actually very good right now, especially in the Philadelphia region.

rockmom on July 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

The ad went on too long, but the opening message resonated with my independent leaning 41 year old sensibilities and the tag line was perfect. The RNC Obama ad was a direct hit as well, so it looks like the elephants are finally bringing their A game. Hope it works.

ElectricPhase on July 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Our economy is in shambles???

SHAMBLES???

SHAMBLES???

Our energy policy, yes. Our economy? No. Best in the world, hands down.

Anil Petra on July 9, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Granted I’m not the best focus group, but there can never be enough hippie bashing. I’m still waiting for the crimes against humanity trials for all those who aided and abetted communists around the world to commit democide wherever they were in power.

But then I prefer my steak to Moo and think that the DoD has 1/3 the appropriate budget. Ideally you’d be able to walk across the Pacific on the decks of USN CVNs.

Time to go for the jugular and stay there – Obama is going to kill us all and then use his Bolivarian Circles to ensure there’s never another election.

libertarianuberalles on July 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

We “lost our way” during the sixties? Are you shitting me?

Nonfactor on July 8, 2008 at 8:31 PM

I’m pretty sure I did this morning…smelled like it also.

right2bright on July 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

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