McCain ad: “God’s Children”

posted at 9:15 am on July 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Team McCain has its latest ad out today, taken from a New Hampshire debate in June 2007, when John McCain soliloquized on the contributions of Hispanic citizens and residents to our efforts in Vietnam and Iraq.  Titled “God’s Children”, the ad matches imagery to McCain’s impromptu salute:

My friends, I want you the next time you’re down in Washington, D.C., to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite. You’ll find a whole lot of Hispanic names.

When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you’re going to see a whole lot of people who are of Hispanic background. You’re even going to meet some of the few thousand that are still green card holders who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they’re willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful, blessed nation.

So let’s from time to time remember that these are God’s children. They must come into country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them.

Thank you.

About the best that can be said for this clip is that it was much more effective in context than it is here. During the debate, the other candidates had described illegal immigrants as not much more than a plague upon the land. This response came spontaneously from McCain, defending the contributions of Hispanics in the US as a reminder to Republicans to keep the rhetoric from getting overheated.

Now, though, this ad sounds like a non-sequitur. He and Barack Obama are close in policy on immigration, to the point where conservatives have resigned themselves not to bring it up if McCain won’t. Unfortunately, this sounds now like a deliberate provocation to the Right, who in fairness have never — never — discounted the contributions of Hispanic citizens and legal residents, especially not their long history of service to this nation. The issue is illegal immigration and border security, not whether we know that Americans of Hispanic descent have risked and given their lives for us.

This is a monumentally stupid ad. It spends a full minute saying nothing about the issue it supposedly addresses, and it insults the intelligence of the people whom McCain is trying to woo. And I’m someone who has a little more sympathy for McCain’s efforts on immigration than most on the Right. Take two big steps backward, Senator McCain.


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please stop with the childish name embellishments

It’s called ridcule and Juan “Sucks Socks” McBernie has earned it many fold over and is showing no signs of not earning even more of it.

You make little sense.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Those that have sense understand, those who don’t understand have no sense.

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 12:44 AM

And here’s to you, Juan McShamnesty
Plantation owners love you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)
They bless you, please Juan McShamnesty
Agri-business pays those who’s games they play
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

Hide your Keating five fees in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put them in your wife’s name where you’ve got the rest of your secret money
It’s a little secret, just the McCain’s affair
Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the sheep

Coo coo ca choo, Juan McShamnesty
Plantation owners love you more than you will know
(Wo wo wo)
They bless you, please Juan McShamnesty
Agri-business pays those who’s games they play
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

Sitting on your sofa come this election night
Watching the returns come in
Laugh about it, cry about it
When you’ve got to choose
Ev’ry which way you look at it you lose

Where have you gone, Barry Goldwater?
Conservatives turn their longing eyes to you
(Woo woo woo)
What’s that you say, Juan McShamnesty
‘Mr Conservative’ you have driven far away?
(Hey hey hey – hey hey hey)

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 12:49 AM

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Ha ha
Are you being serious?
Do you have a job?
Are you for real?
Srsly

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 12:54 AM

please stop with the childish name embellishments

It’s called ridcule and Juan “Sucks Socks” McBernie has earned it many fold over and is showing no signs of not earning even more of it.

You make little sense.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Those that have sense understand, those who don’t understand have no sense.

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 12:44 AM

You do know that I will always come out on top and you will be the loser?

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 12:55 AM

Whats with this Ma’am crap? As a non-newbie, you must know that neither MB4 or I are ‘Ma’am’s
If you aren’t chemically impaired, what happened to your brain cells? Better check your home for ventillation. Perhaps Carbon Monoxide is building up.

While I haven’t always agreed with you, you used to be able to present a fairly cogent argument. Not so tonight.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2008 at 12:59 AM

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2008 at 12:59 AM

\Peace LengedHasIt.
Just frustrated with it all.
Good night.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 1:02 AM

That goes for you too MB4. We do not agree on much, but probably enough to be friends. Truly sorry if I offended you guys. It has been a long election and there is much more to go. May God bless us all.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 1:07 AM

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Ok, Cool.
‘Dittoes’ as the Rush Fans used to say.
Have a good one, and may we both wake up on the morrow to realize that this was all just a long, bizarre nightmare.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2008 at 1:17 AM

Thanks Legend. I am just feeling pressure from it all. God look after us all with what we have ahead of us. Thank you.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 1:22 AM

You do know that I will always come out on top and you will be the loser?

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 12:55 AM

You must be profoundly delusional. So sad.

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 1:51 AM

Thanks Legend. I am just feeling pressure from it all. God look after us all with what we have ahead of us. Thank you.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 1:22 AM

Some like it hot and some sweat
When the heat is on
Some feel the heat and decide that
They can´t go on
Some like it hot, but you can´t tell how hot
Til you try
Some like it hot, so let´s turn up the heat
Til we fry

Some like it hot

- (Nuclear) Power Station

MB4 on July 12, 2008 at 1:57 AM

MB4:
Try to make one post without quoting someone.

carbon_footprint on July 12, 2008 at 3:52 AM

I think this thread is about played out, but since this is a new page, I’ll ask my questions (which remain unanswered) again:

Does this ad pander to hispanics?

and

Why does America owe illegal aliens an easier “path to citizenship” beyond what has been done before?

catmman on July 12, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Silly little twit.

flenser on July 11, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Awww, back to being a keyboard gangsta…bet that makes you feel tough.
Tell us, when you type those wittle bad words, do you puff up your chest?
Well, you’re safe behind your witttle keyboardy.

right2bright on July 12, 2008 at 11:51 AM

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