New McCain ad: “The One”; Update: Obama camp filled with heart-ache

posted at 3:06 pm on August 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

A logical progression from the “celebrity” ad, which, as I said yesterday, was just a polite way of calling attention to the (benign) cult of personality on which The One’s appeal rests. McCain can’t accuse Obama of leading a “cult” so he dialed the adjective down to a lower grade of worship. Today he dials it up, accusing him of believing he’s the Messiah while taking care not to accuse his supporters of (necessarily) agreeing.

An occasional goof on Obama every few weeks as part of an ad mix selling McCain’s own brand is all to the good, but this would work best as a contrast (lightweight vs. experience) and lately there’s been, er, no contrast. It’s all “everybody loves Barack,” all the time; needless to say, Maverick’s starting to look obsessed. It also strikes me as not a particularly bright idea to constantly remind people of how beloved your opponent is. But then, what do I know? The “Celeb” ad is up to 1.2 million views and Obama’s polls are down fully nine points in five days, with he and McCain now all even at 44. Dude’s doing something right. Although how he neglected to include this immortal moment of Obama mockery in the highlight reel below is beyond me.

Here’s some background on the part where Barry talks about a light shining down. Was he being ironic? Hmmm. Exit question: What will Josh Marshall see when he applies his secret racial decoder ring to this? Anti-semitism, perhaps, per the fact that Obama’s being compared to a Jewish prophet?

Update: Such is my love for that Hillary clip that I’m going to re-post it as a garnish. For old time’s sake.

Update: Tapper’s cranky about it, and takes issue in particular with McCain’s characterization of what Obama said a few days ago about his popularity having less to do with him than with his being treated as a symbol of America’s return to greatness. Fair enough — but that’s how cults of personality work. The hero at the center is always regarded as an embodiment of some (usually national) value greater than himself. Hence the unbelievable creepiness of those Shepard Fairey posters, juxtaposing a giant image of The One’s face with a single all-capped word expressing some universally adored value.

Update: Here’s the tsk-tsk that was being circulated by the DNC this morning. Let Obama’s numbers drop another three or four points and we’ll see how they feel about negative ads then.

Update: We’ll see how the ad plays with independents, but if our commenters are any gauge, the base will be in raptures. Assuming it does 500,000+ views on YouTube, which shouldn’t be difficult given its prominence on Drudge right now, where does this leave the conventional wisdom that Obama owns the Internet? McCain is simply destroying him lately on viral vid. Which, oddly, makes this a nice companion piece to the GOP’s savvy use of new media to spread the word about the revolt in the House.

Update: Team Barry responds, interrupting their race-baiting to scold McCain once again for ducking the issues.

“It’s downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency is spending all of his time and the powerful platform he has on these sorts of juvenile antics,” said spokesman Hari Sevugan. “Senator McCain can keep telling everyone how ‘proud’ he is of these political stunts which even his Republican friends and advisors have called ‘childish’, but Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”


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Now, all we need is Bobby Jindal or JC Watts to come out to speak at the convention and have a light shine down on him, a choir of angels begin singing, and a several cherubs flit around him to which he says “You guys are at the wrong convention.”

Kafir on August 1, 2008 at 4:11 PM

I now know how Chris Matthews feels; this ad give me a tingle up the leg.

phronesis on August 1, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Kafir on August 1, 2008 at 4:11 PM

love it :) lol

trailortrash on August 1, 2008 at 4:13 PM

WHAT ELSE CAN GO RIGHT TODAY!?

Vincenzo on August 1, 2008 at 3:13 PM

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BohicaTwentyTwo on August 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

New McCain ad: “The One”

Kudos, this ad was a definite home run.

“And the Bible says that such a leader will soon make his appearance on the scene. It won’t be Barack Obama, but Obama’s world tour provided a foretaste of the reception he can expect to receive.

He will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.

The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.”


How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

That’s the best political ad I have ever seen. Ever.

Like many others have said, I was caught unawares and actually busted out laughing when Heston made his appearance. I leaned back in my chair only to be smacked back again with even harder laughter by the flying Seal Of Obama.

And the message at the end in my opinion is exactly the point.

Soften him up. Make a fool out of him with his own questions and then ask the pertinent question: Is he ready to lead?

(Oh, and I changed planes in St. Louis day before yesterday. It was raining but at a hangar in the gloom parked by a hanger as we landed was Obama-nation One.

Big Obama O stolen from Horizon Air on the tail and Change We Can Believe In on the side…

No American flag anywhere.

Creepy. I didn’t get a thrill up my leg, but I did get just a little chill down my spine.)

Typhoon on August 1, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Moses? ROFL

Simply awesome………

Hening on August 1, 2008 at 4:33 PM

I think Maverick just put a sidewinder up BO’s tail. Awesome ad….did Mav get some new staff?

David in ATL on August 1, 2008 at 4:33 PM

This is just gettin’ fun.

This is why Obama won’t do a town hall debate with McCain. Obama can’t speak without pre-engineered lines and McCain is teh witty.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 1, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Barry,

If the $1,000 bribe doesn’t work, try bumping up to $50k.

Star20 on August 1, 2008 at 4:34 PM

by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”

Yeah, because the Windfall Profits Tax worked so well the last time it was tried! Nothing like populist vote-buying socialist redistributing rhetoric from our Messiah.

Queasy on August 1, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Great ad by the McCain camp.

jencab on August 1, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Great ad, lousy tag line.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on August 1, 2008 at 4:39 PM

by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”

Yep. Hugo Chavez did the same thing in Venezuela, and look what happened. The families there are still poor!

newton on August 1, 2008 at 4:40 PM

I laughed out loud when the Obama Seal emerged from the red sea…

marc@hubsandspokes on August 1, 2008 at 4:41 PM

but Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by paying people off to vote for him.

Rbastid on August 1, 2008 at 4:43 PM

“Obama camp filled with heart-ache”

How can that be? The One has no heart.

darwin on August 1, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Where is Obama going to get the money to give (steal) $1000 to each family? Is there no level to which this snake will not sink to, to buy, steal or cheat to win the election?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on August 1, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I meant to write this earlier. Anyone else notice how much like Adolf Hitler, David Axelrod looks?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on August 1, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Ah, I worry that ad may actually shore up his support with his acolytes and apostles. Us peons and peasants don’t need convincing he’s a scary megalomaniac.

Beagle on August 1, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Awesome.

AbaddonsReign on August 1, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I may make my first Mav contribution just to pay the guy that is making these video ads. My wife almost fell over when she saw ObaMoses

David in ATL on August 1, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Keep ‘em coming John, Keep ‘em coming………..

Seven Percent Solution on August 1, 2008 at 4:53 PM

If only McCain was a Republican…

ronsfi on August 1, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Saturday night live couldn’t have done better.

Explain to me how making the oil companies pay everyone $1000 won’t make gas even more expensive. Explain how a windfall profits tax won’t make gas more expensive. Someone please explain any plan Obama has to actually reduce the price of gas.

BTW Firefly may be gone, but The Dollhouse is coming, so take heart!

redshirt on August 1, 2008 at 4:56 PM

redshirt,

It’s easy. A guy that slow the rise of the oceans, heal the earth and heal the sick isn’t constrained by common sense economics. All he has to do is click his ruby slippers together.

Star20 on August 1, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Heston made my day. Keep up the good work.

JimK on August 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Keep this garbage coming Juan McShame. You’re a desperate, angry pandering old fool. Viva Wetbacks!

DanKenton on August 1, 2008 at 3:16 PM

PROOF that you libs have no sense of humor. tee hee

arizona on August 1, 2008 at 5:05 PM

What the heck happened today? First the great McCain video, slamming back the Dems over oil, a bunch of black protestors at a Barry rally, an even Gallup poll…it’s like in one day, the Pubbies grew a pair and things started to turn in their favor.

alflauren on August 1, 2008 at 5:16 PM

How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Don’t go there. That should be worth a ban…

ninjapirate on August 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM

What the heck happened today?

Get ready for them to hit back though.

terryannonline on August 1, 2008 at 5:40 PM

How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Don’t go there. That should be worth a ban…

ninjapirate on August 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Oops…McCain just went there.

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 5:44 PM

All of a sudden things are getting exciting. Listen to Obama whine about unemployment. Here is another ad: Look at unemployment when the Democrats took control of the House and look at it today…can we afford these guys?

Terrye on August 1, 2008 at 5:51 PM

If Hillary denounces the fallacy of a magic wand that would wave away special interests, no wonder Obamarx insists that it exists, and that he holds it in his cold, symbolic hands. So now Obama’s a dilletant hypnotist as well. LOL.

“Trust me!” Michelle scolds us all; “Barack knows everything.”

Speaking of Michelle, in her speech to working women broadcast on last night’s conservative talk radio, Michelle enumerated all of the hats that she must wear. In all of her roles in life, while addressing women about her most important role in life, SHE FAILED TO MENTION WIFE! Michelle listed from daughter to mother, but NOWHERE did she mention WIFE!

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 5:53 PM

I thought both of these new ads were outstanding. He is in love with himself and he does believe that he is the second coming. The man is scary.

Speaking of scary. Where’s the lovely Michelle O been keeping herself lately? She’s missed.

UnEasyRider on August 1, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Genius.

foxforce91 on August 1, 2008 at 5:55 PM

I once read John McCain was the a postmodern politician, not taking things seriously. I brushed it aside at the time but lately I think that guy (Whoever he was) was on to something.

This ad was quite funny though, much more so than the celebrity one. But shouldn’t there be some sense of dignity and decorum for a man in his position?

Typhonsentra on August 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

“Senator McCain can keep telling everyone how ‘proud’ he is of these political stunts which even his Republican friends and advisors have called ‘childish’, but Barack Obama will continue talking ….”

Barry O before:
We revere John McCain’s war record…

Barry O now:
childish and juvenile…

From a recent state senator and student of Jeremiah Wright, this only produces cognitive dissonance. No ringing of truth, no chords struck here.

silverfox on August 1, 2008 at 6:02 PM

All I can say is, we’re proud of that commercial.
–John McCain, US Senator endorsing honorable decorum;
GOP POTUS ’08!

Alls weez cans says is, uh, merci beaucoup!
–Barack Obama, race card player, endorsing Ludacris’ organized violence, Citizen of the World, Dilletant Weltkaiser ’08;
Marxist Hopeful POTUS Candidate

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:04 PM

THIS SERIES OF ADS is hitting the Obama cult of personality in the heart. Let us remember that the balance of power in Washington D C since 1960 has been the Supreme Court Majority which has enacted a continuous Constitutional Amendment to our way of life by 5+ Justices with no popular votes ever taken.Therefore WE MUST NOT SURRENDER THE PRESIDENCY IN 2008, no matter how squishy McCain has acted during his Senate days.Let us Swallow our pride and fight for his victory if only to keep this Constitutional Republic we have enjoyed since 1789.

jimw on August 1, 2008 at 6:07 PM

All of a sudden things are getting exciting. Listen to Obama whine about unemployment. Here is another ad: Look at unemployment when the Democrats took control of the House and look at it today…can we afford these guys?

Terrye on August 1, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Oh yeah. And of course the follow up of Reid and Pelosi bitching about gas prices in the summer of 2006, and their promise to “fix” things. They really did a superb job, right?

LOL

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.

What a great idea he has for that too. Give a handout to everyone, and bill the oil companies. I’m sure the oil companies can’t possibly find a way to shift the increased cost of their product off to anyone else; so they’ll have to pay it themselves too…

Brilliant.

Good thing he didn’t do that with an industry that sells a product or service to consumers, or the price of the goods or services would rise with the increased cost.

Finally we’ve found the one thing that nobody ever buys… oil.

gekkobear on August 1, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.

Uh, its against Federal law to buy votes… isn’t this, defacto, what Obama is doing?

He is saying that if we vote for him, each family will get $1000, isn’t that EXPLICIT bribery?

Romeo13 on August 1, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I think this is great. It appeals to the fence sitters who have an itching feeling that there is something CREEPY about BHO (PBUH) and his disciple, er I mean supporters and can’t quite put their finger on it.

kurtzz3 on August 1, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Excellent ad. You can’t respect let alone vote for something that is so mocked.

elduende on August 1, 2008 at 6:41 PM

We need to hear from those liberal crybaby “professional” comedy writers now who claimed they had comedic brain-freeze over the glorious Obama. McCain’s campaign can out-write them and their uncreative peers any day.

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 7:02 PM

“Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”

$1,000 of immediate relief is going to take a mighty powerful magic wand. Seriously.

JM Hanes on August 1, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Although how he neglected to include this immortal moment of Obama mockery in the highlight reel below is beyond me.

Poorly delivered, but wonderfully written.

That’s great mockery!

Jaibones on August 1, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Mav should have his ad people put one together than contrasts the difference between The One’s delivery of his prepared speechs vs his bumbling fumbling, “ums, ehs, I mean, etc.” The difference would be very stark and is just the right stuff for video and sound bites. Really would show just how empty that suit really is.

PC14 on August 1, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Truthfully, I would love to see McCain buy ad time on one of the late night shows with this. People would be wondering if it was real, and with the requisite ‘I approve this message’it added to it. The ad would blow their minds.

Nathan_OH on August 1, 2008 at 9:56 PM

I love it!

JellyToast on August 1, 2008 at 10:16 PM

I think the recent McCain ads are terrific in their humor. There is, however, a very serious substantive point related the McCain ads that needs to be made. The McCain ads mock Obama for attempting to create what may be called a cult of personality. Obama is a socialist, and one of the characteristics of a socialist government is that the leader seeks to have a cult of personality — for some examples, Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Castro’s Cuba, Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Il Jong’s North Korea. The effort to create a cult of personality on Obama’s part gives a strong clue to what he is about.

Phil Byler on August 1, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Putting the two quotes together:
“It’s downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”
51,000 lose their jobs, but working families get $1000,

jgapinoy on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 PM

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