New Obama ad: Bush is McCain’s real running mate

posted at 1:15 pm on August 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Not only isn’t Palin attacked, her name isn’t so much as mentioned. That’s a smart play, especially after they came out swinging yesterday morning without so much as a congrats. The more I think about it, the more I find her chief demographic virtue to be not her sex but what her persona communicates about her class: Nate Silver calls her “the most manifestly ordinary person ever to be nominated for a major party ticket,” so much so that any sharp attacks right off the bat will look like Obama and Biden bullying someone in the crowd at a town hall event. Not something Barry can afford when he’s counting on those bitter, clingy, gun-totin’ yokels who voted for Hillary in the primary to put him over the top. That’s also why I think Ace is wrong to want Palin to be the attack dog on the trail. The nastier she gets, the sooner she loses her common-man halo and turns into an ordinary partisan politician and the sooner Obama can go nuclear on her. The trick here, obviously, is preserving the halo while also showing off her political skills well enough to make voters comfortable with her in a leadership position. The way to do that, I think, is to wonk her out and make her the point person on energy policy. That’s an issue McCain owns anyway so she’ll pick up extra goodwill from the subject matter; it’s also high time he flipped on ANWR and he can do that now and boost her at the same time by crediting her arguments with changing his mind. As for Obama, he’d be wise to take Bruce Reed’s advice and go easy for now or simply ignore her altogether. The risk that someone’s going to cross the line in belittling her is too great and the media will do the heavy lifting on her weak points anyway. If she surprises at the debate with Biden and their hand is forced, then they can tear her to pieces.


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You have it all wrong on the soundtrack, try this one instead, it STILL gives me goosebumps every single time I hear it. Pure, red blooded, patriotic, average American music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vYdayusrU

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

That’d be an awesome entry song for her speech. LOL

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The new Dem talking point, as first put out there by Michelle O the day after her speech, was that he has gained experience to BE President, by RUNNING for President…

Like running a campaign full of syncophants is the same as being Commander in Chief of the most powerfull nation on the face of the earth…

Expect them to run with this meme for the next couple of weeks… MSM will try to give it credence…

But the voters will be going… WHAT??? A job interview is that same as doing the job???

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Why is no one pointing out Obama’s slavish adherence to his own party?

Drunk Report on August 30, 2008 at 2:30 PM

But the voters will be going… WHAT??? A job interview is that same as doing the job???

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Barry: Iceberg right ahead!

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

alittle redstate update on Sarah Palin
they even expose the DNC attack add all set to go after sarah,cuda

Mojack420 on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Barack Obama said that Kwame Kilpatrick is “one of the nation’s great mayors.” If you don’t think McCain is going to hang that around his neck in Michigan, you are nuts.

In addition to that, Sarah Palin will remind all Michigan voters what a competent woman governor looks like. Her son spent a year in Michigan playing top-level hockey. Her husband is a snowmobile champion and a steelworker with a union card. What in the world do two liberal lawyers from Chicago and Delaware have to offer Michigan in comparison?

McCain/Palin wins Michigan and the election.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

That was awesome, thanks for posting it.

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Why is no one pointing out Obama’s slavish adherence to his own party?

Drunk Report on August 30, 2008 at 2:30 PM

well we must understand “new politics” and “non divisiveness” means we give up ALL our positions and values…since the Donk way is the path the enlighenment like the ONE!

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Obama looks like ET in the last shot.

Are his magical powers fading?

Can he phone home?

Nichevo on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

If I were McCain, I’d also take up the plank that hillary should be senate majority leader too (see the washington times). Have Obama explain that Reid is incompetent or why he’s the best for the job. Either way, its another fine wedge into the party.

lorien1973 on August 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Agree with you there, but making Soros Obama’s running mate, isn’t so much defending Bush as it is just attacking the Messiah’s Messiah.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Bush as McCain’s running mate leaves no lack of experience to attack.

maverick muse on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

So Obama doesn’t get that there is a woman on the ticket? He can’t comprehend that he is running against Sarah Palin and not George W Bush who isn’t running for re election and as I recall was NEVER a Vice President. The King of Nuance is slipping.

Dr Evil on August 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

But the voters will be going… WHAT??? A job interview is that same as doing the job???

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

How many potential CEOs take off for a week in Hawaii in the middle of the interview process??

Sarah Palin was back to work THREE DAYS after giving birth to Trig. That’s the kind of CEO I want!

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

more little big town:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPVYxIPE-_k&feature=related

heh everything changes.

hopefully they aren’t moonbats

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Obama is above old style negative politics. LOL

Chakra Hammer on August 30, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Barack Obama said that Kwame Kilpatrick is “one of the nation’s great mayors.” If you don’t think McCain is going to hang that around his neck in Michigan, you are nuts.

In addition to that, Sarah Palin will remind all Michigan voters what a competent woman governor looks like. Her son spent a year in Michigan playing top-level hockey. Her husband is a snowmobile champion and a steelworker with a union card. What in the world do two liberal lawyers from Chicago and Delaware have to offer Michigan in comparison?

McCain/Palin wins Michigan and the election.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to take this post and e-mail it to my coworkers. We were just talking yesterday about how one of my left-leaning coworkers can associate more with Obama than McCain. I can see him possibly flipping after reading about Palin and her family. Great succint summary here, rockmom. Thank you.

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

No prob, it is one of my favorite musical tributes.

The libs get the Dixie Chicks, we get Skynyrd. No comparison.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:36 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcuYobI05I8&feature=related live performance. two men, two women. If the GOP has any brains they book this band for the convention. – funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Gave me goosebumps. I bow and scrape before you, sir. Well done.

You getting any of this down, Sven? Make it happen.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Can he phone home? – Nichevo on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Sure…if he can call collect.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Eh, Skynyrd’s a little long in the tooth

Really, check out this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-XfthjK-bk&NR=1

gold

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:38 PM

they even expose the DNC attack add all set to go after sarah,cuda – Mojack420 on August 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM

She’s taken down caribou and grizzlies. She can handle herself. That’s why I ♥ SARAH’CUDA

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Be my guest.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 2:40 PM

If you listen to the words of Van Zant, you would hear him talk about that very thing. Besides, country music no can do for me.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:43 PM

hopefully they aren’t moonbats – funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Even if they are, it’s still a great tune. Hell, I can’t stand Barbra Streisand, but I still tear up when I hear “There’s a Place for Us.” No one on this planet can sing it as beautifully as she can and I refuse to let political differences deprive me of that little joy.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

also good, video has a little more flesh than I would like..

same band, BTW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO672ERuz3Q&feature=related

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Agree with you there, but making Soros Obama’s running mate, isn’t so much defending Bush as it is just attacking the Messiah’s Messiah.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Also, at a time when Bush attending his own party’s convention is iffy because of the Katrina fiasco, another thing no one ever brings up is the fact that on the afternoon of the flight TWA 800 catastrophe, Bill Clinton gave a speech to a women’s group in Washington telling them how our Emergency Management System was the finest in the world.

Connie on August 30, 2008 at 2:46 PM

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

I tear up when I accidentally run across one of her rants, but for different reasons.

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:47 PM

The elite snob mentality that is coming from both the left and the right out of washington with the Pallin pick is both amazing and sickening. The belief that the Senators, the congressman and yes even the president are so far above ordinary citizens ability to do their jobs is digusting. The founding fathers wanted citizen government not an elected elite. BHO is no more qualified than Palin. McCain has more experience in day to day functions of the government than both however any of the three can do the job, it does not take a rocket sciencetist to run our government into the ground like the “elites” have for the last 60 years or so. It does not take a genius to run up a $500 billion dollar shortage nor a 9 tRILLION DEBT. iN FACT IT TAKES A MORON.
I think BHO is not fit for the job because of his policies, his mentaility, his decsions on his friends, his view of the world. I BELIEVE BHO IS JUST ANOTHER MORON

unseen on August 30, 2008 at 2:47 PM

funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

I’ll see that and raise you a Simple Man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHQ_aTjXObs

Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:48 PM

also good, video has a little more flesh than I would like..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO672ERuz3Q&feature=related – funky chicken on August 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM

I respectfully submit that, if this video has more flesh than you would like, you are a man of substantially restrained appetite, sir. As for me, I shall be indisposed for a while in the embrace of a cold shower.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:49 PM

I tear up when I accidentally run across one of her rants, but for different reasons. – Bishop on August 30, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Then you, sir, are a far more disciplined man than I am. For my part, when I read her screeds, I throw up a little in my mouth.

(Sorry for the 18th century syntax…I’m watching the John Adams mini-series.)

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

That ad come across as major sour grapes.

And calling her “this”…..shallow and petty.

The Ugly American on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Wait until McCain unveils Tony Rezko as Obama’s real running mate. Republicans are way better at this than Democrats are.

rockmom on August 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Would be a crowded :30 spot with Rezko, Ayers, Wright, daley, Alinsky, Dohrn and the rest!

I don’t care much for Bush, but if Osama Obama wants to point to Al Bore and JFKerry — or Jimmuh Carter — as his own spiritual running mates, I encourage him to do so.

Far better Bush than those two!

And far better McCain/Palin than two of the lousiest picks the Dems have put forth in decades of picking losers.

MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

And calling her “this”…..shallow and petty. – The Ugly American on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Like I said earlier…reminds me of Buffalo Bill’s line from Silence of the Lambs: “It rubs the lotion on its skin.”

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 2:53 PM

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Just THIS quote, then go through the list and say who they are, don’t even mention Barry’s name…

Romeo13 on August 30, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Politico.com is still beating the ‘no experience’ drum, now with added emphasis from “scholars”. Guess the idea of what you’ve done while in office doesn’t compare to how long you’ve not done anything while in office. Attacking Palin the first day got Team Obama burned. Right now they’re just trying to figure out how to handle her. Palin can immediately relate to those that Obama has to court if he wants to win, Palin on the other hand just has to be herself. McCain doesn’t need an attack dog, that’s Obama’s schtich because it keeps him on Mount Olympus and “above” the fray. Barry can trot out Biden’s ‘foreign diplomacy’ skills all he wants, that won’t pass the eyeball test for to long. Biden is there to attack. Yes Palin would be good on energy policy, neither Biden or Barry have any experience there other than flapping their mouths. As for ignoring Palin, that’s a risky move on Team Obama’s part. You trying to say “women have no part”? That will play real well with Hillary!’s people. Yep, this is quite a grenade that McCain tossed at Barry, and so far Barry’s fumbling.

GarandFan on August 30, 2008 at 3:02 PM

AWWWWWWWW.
Poor Obama.
Can’t get over that Palin’s announcement sucked all the oxygen out of his post-convention afterglow.
I guess we’re going to see “votes with Bush 90% of the time” from now until November 4, huh

ToddonCapeCod on August 30, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Thanks Rockmom- another bullseye. It will be very difficult for BHO to sustain his fraudelent narrative when the real article is obvious to all.

McCain/Palin will play very, very well in the battleground states.

I almost cried when Palin mentioned how Joe Biden voted against the Alaska pipeline THIRTY years ago. It makes him look like a fossil AND an idiot.

Keep it coming.

DeweyWins on August 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

MrScribbler on August 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I can see this: The spirit of Ronaldus Maximus placing his hands on McCain’s and Palin’s shoulders. Run this as a “spiritual” running mate ad. This wouldn’t need to be more than a 10 second spot, and with the right music there wouldn’t have to be a lot of dialog. Watch the left simultaneously explode into a fireball.

BillH on August 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

I’ve got to agree, Allah. Palin glows brighter than The One right now and has become the personification of the revolt of the bitter, bible-clinging, gun hugging people without saying a word. The best Obama can do to combat it is drag Biden around to speak like a belligerent drunk to a state that he abandoned 55 years ago when he was 10 years old.

There is another strategy, however. Keep Palin above the fray for now, but release the hounds. Romney has been a superb attack dog, best of his class. Pawlenty did well also. Lieberman could go for jugular from a grandpa perspective. Cantor was spectacular yesterday, playing thrashing naysayers on MSNBC and CNN. Even Huckster did us proud.

Get all the runners up on the air. Not only to they get a free pass to the high ground position on destroying the lefties losing their minds, they can keep SaraCuda above the fray until she gives Scrappy Joe the beat down in the debate.

Sarah Palin > Chuck Norris: http://www.palinfacts.com/?paged=3

Damiano on August 30, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Politico.com is still beating the ‘no experience’ drum, now with added emphasis from “scholars”. Guess the idea of what you’ve done while in office doesn’t compare to how long you’ve not done anything while in office.GarandFan on August 30, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Up in Headlines, Slublog identified two of those “scholars” as Obama contributors. Credibility is a hard master.

a capella on August 30, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Better McCain’s voting with Bush 90 percent of time than Obamanation’s voting with Reid and Pelousi 95 percent of time.

eaglewingz08 on August 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Better McCain’s voting with Bush 90 percent of time than Obamanation’s voting with Reid and Pelousi 95 percent of time.

eaglewingz08 on August 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM

History will be far kinder to Bush than Dirty Harry and SanFranNan.

sven10077 on August 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

I want to see an ad attacking the democrats’ obsession with Bush using this song.

SouthernGent on August 30, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Better McCain’s voting with Bush 90 percent of time than Obamanation’s voting with Reid and Pelousi 95 percent of time.

eaglewingz08 on August 30, 2008 at 3:33 PM

There is exactly where McCain/Palin MUST attack Obama. HE’S the insider who votes party line all the time.

SouthernGent on August 30, 2008 at 3:37 PM

As for Obama, he’d be wise to take Bruce Reed’s advice and go easy for now or simply ignore her altogether. The risk that someone’s going to cross the line in belittling her is too great and the media will do the heavy lifting on her weak points anyway. If she surprises at the debate with Biden and their hand is forced, then they can tear her to pieces.

He’s not going to attack her directly – he’ll use her as a defense against the experience argument – but he will trot out every female Democratic politician to make the case that Palin represents a “backwards” agenda. Expect to see Hillary in a national ad.

Big S on August 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

This formulaic approach is pathetic. Bush’s poll numbers are down, so let’s associate Bush with McCain. Image and emotion. No specifics.

Paul-Cincy on August 30, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Big S on August 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Expect to see Hillary in a national ad.

They might use footage of her but she’d never make an ad for Obama.

Paul-Cincy on August 30, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Wait that was nothing about Palin at all, except that McCain choose a running mate and McCain is like Bush. They didn’t say Palin was like Bush…

amazingmets on August 30, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Better George Bush than Obama’s running mate: Joseph Stalin

Bicyea on August 30, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Up in Headlines, Slublog identified two of those “scholars” as Obama contributors. Credibility is a hard master.
a capella on August 30, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Open secrets is a great website to do a little research.

wise_man on August 30, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Question: How can two Obama campaign contributors pretend to give supposedly objective opinions about the prez race?

Answer: Because liberals have no shame. None.

Paul-Cincy on August 30, 2008 at 4:43 PM

The more I think about it, the more I find her chief demographic virtue to be not her sex but what her persona communicates about her class: Nate Silver calls her “the most manifestly ordinary person ever to be nominated for a major party ticket,” so much so that any sharp attacks right off the bat will look like Obama and Biden bullying someone in the crowd at a town hall event.

“Every cook must learn to govern the state” – V.I. LeninAllahPundit

freevillage on August 30, 2008 at 5:44 PM

I can see this: The spirit of Ronaldus Maximus placing his hands on McCain’s and Palin’s shoulders.
BillH on August 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Fixed it. She’s the daughter he should have had.

ManlyRash on August 30, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Funny he didn’t just attack her.

Sir Andrew on August 30, 2008 at 6:24 PM

So let me get this straight… Having a woman on the ticket isn’t “change”… hmm

Mojave Mark on August 30, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Obamaniacs will follow this garbage.

True Americans will see it for what it is – empty rhetoric from a loser with no real message, no direction for this naiton, no clear platform.

madmonkphotog on August 30, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Michael in MI on August 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Great reference to the mention of big-city mayors Kilpatrick and Daley!

McCain has used obvious openings like this before, and it would be sweet to see his running mate knock this one out of the park.

I can see it now- “Why should a small-town mayor like Sarah Palin be a vp candidate?”

“Well, McCain could have gone with a big-city mayor like Obama’s friends Kwame Kilpatrick and Richard Daley, but I think I’m a better choice….”

cs89 on August 31, 2008 at 3:26 AM

Which is worse:
(a) That a presidential candidate believes falsely that some real people might be persuaded by this montage of meaningless, contextless soundbites.
(b) That a presidential candidate has got this exactly right and some real people actually will be persuaded by this montage of meaningless, contextless soundbites.
?

YiZhangZhe on August 31, 2008 at 7:44 AM

This is such a lame response, but if we are inclined to play this game, Barry’s running mates are Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Woo Hoo!

Buy Danish on August 31, 2008 at 7:58 AM

I guess it’s time to run against Obama/Wright/Rezko/Ayers/Farrakhan

drjohn on August 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Damn, I hate being on a dead thread but …

Did anybody else notice the large fancy American flag pin Palin wore? Then just below it is a blue star pin. My kinda gal. And Shoots as straight as Annie Oakley. With the courage of Maggie Thatcher and Golda Meir. Yes!!

And the fascists wonder. They never understand that one character/integrity card trumps 25 identity/victim ones.

Caststeel on August 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

They must have had an ad ready for everybody but her. That one looks like they just recycled an old ad and threw a picture of Palin on the front. Gee, Barry, if you aren’t even prepared for Sarah Palin, are you prepared to lead America?

Ronnie on August 31, 2008 at 7:17 PM

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