McCain’s mystery ad to Obama revealed: Congratulations; Update: “We wish more of his ads took that tone,” says Team Barry

posted at 4:40 pm on August 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Job well done, Maverick.

McCain says: “Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight Senator, job well done.”

Not just classy but shrewd, as it’ll buy back some of the goodwill he may have squandered over the past month by hitting Obama so hard. McCain’s done an admirable job during the campaign of trying to rehabilitate the GOP’s image on race to what little extent he can, made more admirable by the fact that in this year of all years it won’t do him any good with black voters. I’m relieved my prediction was wrong and our e-mailer’s was right.

Update: Here’s the video. Belated exit question: Which nutroots blogger will be the first to call him “patronizing”?

Update: One other shrewd aspect to this is that if Obama attacks him in the speech, it makes him look ungracious.

Update: The Obama camp grumbles an obligatory thank you.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe — who did not know the content of the ad until we read him the script — just told us that the McCain ad is “a very nice gesture. We wish more of his ads took that tone, but it’s a very nice gesture.”

Plouffe said the Obama campaign would run a similar ad next week congratulating McCain on his nomination.


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I’m relieved my prediction was wrong and our e-mailer’s was right.

You aren’t the ONLY ONE!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

“Sweep the leg Johnny”. Oh crap, that made me vomit.

Keyser-Soze on August 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Classy and gracious.

Loxodonta on August 28, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Here’s the video. Belated exit question: Which nutroots blogger will be the first to demagogue him as “patronizing”?

Josh Micah Marshall, or Andrew Sullivan. It will be a race.

The ad is pretty savvy, as it provides a contrast between McCain congratulating his opponent and the Democrats tearing McCain apart.

Slublog on August 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

(And unlike Obama, HUMBLE.) tee hee

Loxodonta on August 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Classy.

CP on August 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

“This message brought to you by the Citizens to Expose The Radical Obama’s Ties to the Unrepentant Terrorist, Bill Ayers”

marklmail on August 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Whew! Well done, indeed. Now please pick a good VP! :)

Dariaanne on August 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Its a good thing he was talking about last night, because today is a historic day as well. 40 Years Ago Today, Bill Ayers Arrested at DNC

http://www.johnmccain.com/McCainReport/Read.aspx?guid=6b6925f8-7b67-4faa-8c2d-e98dd173c72c

Jay on August 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

This would’ve had more impact if it wasn’t leaked.

p0s3r on August 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

That’s like shaking someone’s hand before you kick their ass.

Brad on August 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

McCain charged with racism over this ad in 5 … 4 … 3 …

thirteen28 on August 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Smooth. That ad will make any Dem attack on McCain tonight look bitter and out of line. He took a lot of wind out of the Dems sails with that ad.

Zetterson on August 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

McCain’s mystery ad to Obama revealed: Congratulations

Yes, but did you try playing it backwards though!!! ?

And how do you even know it was actually from McCain? I didn’t see the word POW anywhere there.

I suspect that this, like about 90% of everything else lately, could be just another head fake or fraud.

MB4 on August 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Proving that Mac has the smaller ego.

Hopefully tomorrow we’ll hear something like….”I’m gonna beat yo azz because yous a p*ssy on all the issues…..”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Has anyone called McCain a traitor yet because he isn’t attacking Obama like he’s supposed to?

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

It is a good ad, and I think it’s a good idea.

ThackerAgency on August 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day.

Uh, they planned it like that, duh? But, remember, it’s not about race!

Enoxo on August 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I will not say I told you so.

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Slublog on August 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

More like Andrew.

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Update: One other shrewd aspect to this is that if Obama attacks him in the speech, it makes him look ungracious.

He can just slip in the fact that McCain voted against Martin Luther King Jr Day and then start hammering. Of course if he does that then it becomes “God Damn America” day on friday and then we continue our conversation on race.

ninjapirate on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Yea, too bad it was leaked.

dmarie on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Didn’t there used to be a left side to John McCain’s face?

YYZ on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Well someone needs to tell Jimmy Carter to shut up then

William Amos on August 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Tru dat. Here’s Jimmuh in his own words.

“It depends on the closeness of the loss,” he says. “If he loses by 2 or 3 percent, then I would certainlly say that the racial issue was a factor.”

So we he craters by 15 points will it be because of race or because he was the penultimate of flawed candidates?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

So McCain managed to divert attention by: A) Throwing the VP speculation out tonight, and B) Drawing attention to his good sportsmanship ad.

amerpundit on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

This is the same thing that McCain did when he addressed the NAACP, if I recall correctly.

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

go Maverick!

lodge on August 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

And the ad wasn’t leaked in the traditional sense (unofficially by unnamed sources). It was posted via McCain’s official YouTube account. It draws some buzz around him before, during, and after the speech rather than just during and after.

amerpundit on August 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

It would seem to not be ‘leaked,’ dmarie. It’s on McCain’s youtube page.

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Yes, but did you try playing it backwards though!!!

MB4 on August 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

PAUL IS DEAD! PAUL IS DEAD! PAUL IS DEAD!

BKennedy on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Classy. And smart.

Terrye on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Oops. Meant to strike that.

Vashta.Nerada on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Jolly good show Johnny Mac.

WAIT! Why is it so dark? What’s that in the background?
/end of channeling nutroots

Brat on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Classy maverick.

jencab on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

its amazing just how good a campaign McCain has been running the last couple months. amazing, just as amazing as how stupid Obama’s campaign has been.

jp on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Owned my Johny.

:D

Borislav on August 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Update: One other shrewd aspect to this is that if Obama attacks him in the speech, it makes him look ungracious.

I gather that since all of the dnc attack dogs went after McCain the first three nights, that Obama is just going to talk about his favorite subject.

Himself.

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM

My vote is for Kos.

Classy by McCain, but the Dems’ response won’t be.

rbj on August 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Very classy….but I just threw up a little in my mouth…Does it lose its classiness when the VP announcement gets percieved as trying to steal BO’s thunder tonight?

hooligan on August 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Well done, John.

Baphomet on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Great message. Now make sure its woodshed time for the next 8 weeks.

elduende on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

did you see the burning cross in the background???

elraphbo on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

That rocks. Very classy, John McCain.

Now please PICK MITT and be the ticket of success, experience, and professionalism. So much better than fluff, lies, and negativity!

eucher on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I like it! Great ad!

DanStark on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

The McCain Campaign continues to surprise me with their savvy on these ads. What a great friggin’ idea.

Dudley Smith on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Cannot wait for the debates.

Urban Infidel on August 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

This is a continuation of a key tactic I’ve noticed McCain and surrogates using more frequently of late:

“Obama’s a nice enough fellow, just NOT READY.”

It’ll work.

Cuffy Meigs on August 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

So we he craters by 15 points will it be because of race or because he was the penultimate of flawed candidates?

Race, of course. Everything is about race. This whole race is about race. The pace of the race is about race. The pace of the race coming up in your face is about race.

OK… I’ll stop now.

crazy_legs on August 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

The darkness of it reminds me of Rudy’s “Nosferatu” ads during the primaries.

Brat on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

This is really a brilliant move by McCain. He will look very gracious and above the fray at the same time he is getting ripped a new one by Obama.

I just wish this would not have leaked out as early as it did. It would have been better if it wasn’t released until it was too late for Obama to amend his speech and seem gracious in return. It would have more of an effect if Obama didn’t know about it and couldn’t respond to it from the stage tonight.

But brilliant anyway.

t.ferg on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

So we he craters by 15 points will it be because of race or because he was the penultimate of flawed candidates?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

You mean there’s one more flawed candidate to come?

mikeyboss on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Jimmy Carter:

Update at 11:25 a.m. MT/1:25 p.m. ET. On Sen. Lieberman: He hopes, Carter says, that enough new Democratic senators will be elected in November so that Democrats no longer need Sen. Joe Lieberman (their 2000 vice presidential nominee, now an independent and a supporter of Republican John McCain) in their caucus.

Carter says he saw a poll of delegates on whom they thought would be the most unwelcome guest at this week’s convention. Some thought, he says, that the answer might be “the former senator from North Carolina” — a reference to John Edwards, who recently admitted to having an extramarital affair. But, he says, “the overwhelming winner was Joe Lieberman.”

C’mon Joe, switch parties. Help us take back the Senate.

Or McCain can make Joe Sec’y State, and let Jodi Rell (R, gov of CT) pick his replacement.

I’m sure the dems will just love the R they get in his place.

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

One Word: Class

thedudesblog on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

It’s really auwesome that a presidential candidate can show such good sportsmanship, and that his campaign can be professional enough to keep a secret until the candidate wants the information out.

Too bad everybody didn’t have a candidate like that.

Loxodonta on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Racist. Did you notice how dark the background was?

Labamigo on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Man I was saying earlier, Maverick! has this electorate figured out….he is using perfect judo….use your opponent’s momentum to add force to your counterattack.

Hats off John classy and canny move.

sven10077 on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

PAUL IS DEAD! PAUL IS DEAD! PAUL IS DEAD!

BKennedy on August 28, 2008 at 4:51 PM

No that’s John who is dead. George too.

Paul and Ringo are still alive.

MB4 on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Honestly, the more i learn about McCain the more I like him. (And even if this ad is just shrewdly calculated politics, it’s at least really smart.)

evenfarer on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Wow! Just Wow! McCain is really playing this well. I’m betting he’d be a worthy Risk opponent.

theguardianii on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

One other shrewd aspect to this is that if Obama attacks him in the speech, it makes him look ungracious.

Well played.

Either the One looks snippy and lame for attacking a gracious opponent or this may force Obama to change some of the content of his speech (somewhat, limiting his options). Of course, the media will attack McCains ad, however.

batter on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Good sportsmanship, I love it. Buuuuut …

“Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed”.

That’d be relevant if your opponent HAD some achievements.

Tony737 on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

This would’ve had more impact if it wasn’t leaked.

p0s3r on August 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Probably so.

CP on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

I gather that since all of the dnc attack dogs went after McCain the first three nights, that Obama is just going to talk about his favorite subject.

Himself.

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM

gawd, like 3 books wasn’t enough?

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Looks like “Weekend at Ringos”. He has one foot in the grave and the other foot on a banana peel.

marklmail on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

That’s old school right there. It’s two senators being cordial (or at least one senator in this case).

Shrewd? Sort of. If Maverick really wanted to rile the left, he would have ended with “And Cindy and I will be praying for you.”

pt on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Fine work, Johnny Mac. Gracious and appropriate. Like so many others, I’m sick to my stomach that Obama is the standard-bearer for any major party, due to his hyper-Left political leanings and associates, not the least of which is that unrepentant terrorist bastard Ayers.

However, Obama’s ascension does reflect a modicum of progress towards a truly colorblind society. Now, if Americans can be honestly given the opportunity to judge Obama “by the content of his character,” rather than be assaulted by Obama’s henchman in the campaign and media at the slightest provocation, maybe we’ll finally have ascended beyond racial division, preferences and quotas. I just don’t think it’ll ever happen, as long as the grievance-mongers remain so influential in the Dem party.

Flyover Country on August 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Hardly classy. A wise move and very well calculated but not classy. In poker when one person wishes another good luck when the two of them are in an all-in hand most of the rest of the table will snicker knowing that there really is not any goodwill being expressed. Same thing for McCain.

McCain is rightfully releasing this ad so that it makes Obama as wildly reckless as the rest of his Party has come off this week. The bitter rednecks will miss this part but it is also patronizing to Obama.

“Nice job in Denver kid, now step aside.”

grdred944 on August 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Good move by McCain.

And I agree – I don’t like the Dem ticket and won’t be voting for it, but it’s a historic day.

sulla on August 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

This would’ve had more impact if it wasn’t leaked.

I was thinking that too, but we need to remember that most Americans aren’t news junkies like us and probably won’t have heard about it before they see it tonight

Jim-Rose on August 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I think that’s the proudest I’ve been of McAmnesty in a looooong time.

Course you all realize this means he’s gonna screw us with his VP. [/sarc...I hope]

Rogue on August 28, 2008 at 5:00 PM

So far, so good. J-Mac has proven himself a shrewd operator who has consistently outflanked and outmaneuvered his naive and inexperienced opponent.

But there is one more move to make in this pre-Repub-Convention chess match and one can only hope he doesn’t f*ck up. I suppose we’ll find out at 6 PM.

ManlyRash on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

LOL lose lose for BO.

If he does a similar ad during McCain’s speech, people will say, hey look McCain being the leader, Obama the follower

If he doesn’t do a similar ad, people will say, hey look no class.

tee hee

someone give Schmidt a banana

YellowDawg on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Class Act!

Check! (as in, a chess game)

bridgetown on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

McCain steps out of the gutter for a moment…but he still reeks.

How’s that party unity thing comin’ along for the Republicans, btw?

alphie on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Good sportsmanship, I love it. Buuuuut …

“Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed”.

That’d be relevant if your opponent HAD some achievements.

Tony737 on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Say what you will, but being the first African-American nominated by a major party is an achievement. Now does that mean Obama deserves a blanket sweep in votes come November, no, but recognizing that is all McCain was doing.

DanStark on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Shank you for ripping my armsh out of their shockets, my gook friendsh.

marklmail on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

If McCain buys this domain and puts it to work, I’ll finally contribute.

Cuffy Meigs on August 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Will Obama be as classy and release a congratulatory ad after McCain’s nomination is official? He may have to now. But one thing is certain, you won’t hear BaRock Star saying “Senator McCain, this is truly a good day for America.”

ganeshpuri89 on August 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

If McCain buys this domain and puts it to work, I’ll finally contribute.

Cuffy Meigs on August 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

http://notready08.com/ Not good enough?

DanStark on August 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Can’t you see the coded message? The backdrop behind McCain was…black. Got to be racism in that.

blue13326 on August 28, 2008 at 5:04 PM

funky chicken on August 28, 2008 at 4:58 PM

LOL

He reminds me of Clinton. They both must spend a lot of time in front of the mirror.

bridgetown on August 28, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Ahhhhhh. Thanks, DanStark! {opening checkbook}

Cuffy Meigs on August 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM

That’s a good move. Was concerned slightly, but well played. Have to admit, McCain has campaigned very, very well so far.

Spirit of 1776 on August 28, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Politics has never been better!

RushBaby on August 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Heh, no problem. They had a few conferences during the Democratic Convention too (videos at the website), with the familiar faces.

DanStark on August 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

What’s with the black background, huh?

And why is half of his face shaded? That is obviously a reference to Obama’s half black/half white nature.

Just what exactly are you trying to say, McCain? Racist.

Grafted on August 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

I think I saw a crucifix shadow in the black background. Why is everything so black? Is he a racist?

cannonball on August 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

I question the timing… ;)

CliffHanger on August 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Say what you will, but being the first African-American nominated by a major party is an achievement.

DanStark on August 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Indeed. Gotta give the man his due no matter what one thinks of him.

ganeshpuri89 on August 28, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Obama will probably return the favor by wishing him happy birthday tomorrow, mentioning repeatedly his age and complaining that they could not fit all 70+ candles on the cake…

rw on August 28, 2008 at 5:07 PM

A very good ad. Im proud of McCain.
The nutroots are already going nuts.

Joeyyy on August 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

You mean there’s one more flawed candidate to come?

mikeyboss on August 28, 2008 at 4:56 PM

In the list of uber-flawed candidates, you have…

Dukakis
Carter
Mondale
Kerry
McGovern

The list is endless, but Barry, following his ego, sits alone at the top.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

What a good man. I still don’t know if I’ll vote for him, but he’s a sly, classy guy.

MadisonConservative on August 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

I don’t think anyone cares or it changes anyone’s mind. So what good is it?

Defector01 on August 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

I’m relieved my prediction was wrong and our e-mailer’s was right.

You aren’t the ONLY ONE!

upinak on August 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Thirded.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on August 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Wow! Just Wow! McCain is really playing this well. I’m betting he’d be a worthy Risk opponent.
theguardianii on August 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

John McCain knows to:
Secure Australia or South America early in the game and sit back and build up armies, letting the other players kill each other off. Then, when the others are at the weakest, strike.

And he also knows to never take Asia early in the game; it is the largest continent and the least defensible. But always attack starting at Kamchatka. He found that out the hard way while playing with Fred.

wise_man on August 28, 2008 at 5:10 PM

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