McCain ad: “Patriotic Act”

posted at 6:54 am on September 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Team McCain goes back to using ridicule as a finely honed weapon.  In this ad, though, rather than poke fun at Barack Obama’s celebrity, they instead take the gift that Joe Biden gave them on taxes and unwrap it deliciously, noting that an Obama-Biden administration would result in “lots more patriots”:

Joe Biden calls paying higher taxes a “patriotic” act. Obama and Biden voted to raise taxes on working Americans making just $42,000 a year.

Higher taxes on seniors and their life savings. Higher taxes on your electric bills.

Lots more taxes. Lots more patriots.

Biden certainly put his foot in his mouth. Just when the media had started to push back a little on the picture that John McCain had painted about Barack Obama being a big-time taxer, Biden tells the media that paying higher taxes is a patriotic duty. And when given the chance to retreat a little, Biden instead makes it sound like a religious duty as well.

The media pushback has always been disingenuous anyway. They point to Obama’s tax plan on income tax only, without mentioning the hikes on capital-gains rates and corporate taxes that Obama plans. They never mention that 70% of the country is in the investor class now and will run afoul of the new capital-gains tax rates, or that higher corporate taxes mean higher prices — and more companies relocating outside the US.  Does Obama think that businesses just eat costs?  Either prices go up or jobs get cut, the same as they do when Congress arbitrarily raises labor costs by increasing the minimum wage.

Higher taxes are only patriotic if you think the IRS is the most American of all institutions.  I asked Team McCain to make this ad in my original post yesterday, so Biden’s tax comment is a religious lesson after all: Ask and ye shall receive.


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Got to hand it to team McCain, they seem to be quick to capitalize on new developments with video advertising.

Browncoatone on September 19, 2008 at 6:58 AM

The fact that he dug in his heels and made it sound like a religious act too, is JUST TOO RICH. Especially since he himself gives so freaking little to charity. What was it, like $180 or something in ’06 or ’07?

P.J. O’Rourke: “And a voter who takes pride in supporting [taxes for programs] is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money-if a gun is held to his head.”

inviolet on September 19, 2008 at 7:00 AM

I guess now we know what they meant when they said don’t question their patriotism.

backwoods conservative on September 19, 2008 at 7:01 AM

Should we be re-reading “Animal Farm”? Perhaps it is more than a little relevant to the current election.

dtestard on September 19, 2008 at 7:02 AM

So Bill Gates is more patriotic than the elderly vet barely getting by on his pension?

jgapinoy on September 19, 2008 at 7:02 AM

It also subtly points out that Biden may be such a screwball that he’s less qualified to be VP than Palin.

Wethal on September 19, 2008 at 7:03 AM

The gaffo-matic is going to be the downfall of the phony American ticket.

tarpon on September 19, 2008 at 7:09 AM

I guess we can question Charlie Rangel’s patiotism now?

mouell on September 19, 2008 at 7:11 AM

This is the best ad yet, as far as the giggle factor goes :)

ConMom on September 19, 2008 at 7:11 AM

Here is what gets me. Barbara Streisand just helped raise over nine million bucks for B.O.

Barbara Streisand is clearly filthy stinking rich.

This means that under the B.O. Administration, she and the rest of her Hollyweird cronies who like to do their shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills would wind up paying even more taxes than they already are right now.

My question: Does Barbara feel it is her “patriotic” duty to get royally fleeced by the Democrats, or does she just feel that she can afford it?

pilamaye on September 19, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Does Obama think that businesses just eat costs?

Sometimes I get the impression these people acutally believe that. My wife’s late stepfather was a long time union man. He once told me “The wages you receive now, you owe to the unions.” Too bad it was early in our relationship and I was trying to make nice because I would have come back with “Yes, and we can also thank the unions for the prices we have to pay in the store.”

Kafir on September 19, 2008 at 7:13 AM

How many “tax and spend” Dims itemize to avoid paying more taxes? Does this mean we can question their patriotism? I’ll be the first to confess. I’m an itemizer. I’m not patriotic. Oh God…how did it come to this?

sdd on September 19, 2008 at 7:14 AM

Ah, found the link.


Biden’s recent charitable giving

inviolet on September 19, 2008 at 7:15 AM

The ad would be much much better had they used film of the actual interview. “C’mon, you have to pony up!” he says after the patriotic thing and then flashes that used-car salesman smile and those porcelain teeth. Oh, that Team McCain could get that 2-3 seconds and run it in close-up and slow-mo.

Marcus on September 19, 2008 at 7:17 AM

The gaffe machine is going strong.

nazo311 on September 19, 2008 at 7:19 AM

Marcus on September 19, 2008 at 7:17 AM

Might not have been able to get the rights to use it.

Browncoatone on September 19, 2008 at 7:20 AM

Marcus on September 19, 2008 at 7:17 AM

Might not have been able to get the rights to use it.

Browncoatone on September 19, 2008 at 7:20 AM

Yep, that’s what I’m thinking. It’s a gold-mine.
Joe Scarborough called Joe’s interview “a brilliant Mondale campaign move.” LOL.

Marcus on September 19, 2008 at 7:24 AM

WOO HOO!

HOME RUN with this one.

Lockstein13 on September 19, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Maybe we can send Greasy Joe a bunch of tea bags that have marinated in Boston Harbor.

fluffy on September 19, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Does Obama think that businesses just eat costs? Either prices go up or jobs get cut,

It’s not an either/or. Usually it’s both.

Obama may not raise income taxes on the middle class, but he’s going to make damn sure that everything we need to buy with our after-tax income (e.g., gas, food, clothes, cars, etc.) costs more.

And if paying more taxes is so patriotic Joe, then why haven’t you been volunteering to pay more already? You make a very nice income, and we know that you give almost nothing to charity, so you should have a lot of extra cash that you can donate to the U.S. Treasury to prove your “patriotism.” Aren’t you a “patriot” Joe? And if you’re not, then why should we elect you as our VP?

AZCoyote on September 19, 2008 at 7:33 AM

Biden is an expert on only one type of “duty”, and he’s full of it.

Hog Wild on September 19, 2008 at 7:36 AM

Does Obama think

Let me stop you right there.

Jim Treacher on September 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

inviolet on September 19, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Biden is an embarrassment. Obama screwed up by picking him. But, like everything else, the media is going to cover all of that up.

I’m shocked that McCain has dropped 10 points in the polls in a week because of AIG and Lehman. I mean, Obama has SO MANY LINKS to Feddie, Frannie, Lehman, etc., and McCain actually has a record of trying to do something about this problem, and yet McCain is the one paying the price. It’s very sad.

Hopefully this tax & spend liberal mantra will help to right the ship…

Outlander on September 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

Love how Uncle Joe gives the big grin right after he makes one of these gaffes- then it begins to dawn on him, what he just said.

anniekc on September 19, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Oblano is really happy he went with the “experience” pick for his veep, I’m sure.

Bishop on September 19, 2008 at 7:45 AM

Outlander on September 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

You’re right, where are the ads??? Who in their right mind would even consider given B/B control of the government??

red131 on September 19, 2008 at 7:47 AM

McCain needs to drive this home like a brand new car. This is one gigantic Freudian slip that needs to be exploited

Just sieze on this and also use the O’Reilly interview where Bill flustered him on the “you want half of my income” point.

Pcoop on September 19, 2008 at 7:52 AM

I hope the Mc-Palin will keep the focus on Hussein’s participation in the housing crisis and Biten’s love for taxing working people when he is not advocating killing babies.

Hussein-Biten, the Euro-trash candidates.

saved on September 19, 2008 at 7:52 AM

McCain also needs to exploit the Messiah’s connections with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He needs to beat these points in.

Pcoop on September 19, 2008 at 7:53 AM

LOL

lodge on September 19, 2008 at 7:58 AM

I heard this same thing when Clinton was president. Taxes are great when you live off of them or don’t pay them.

I’m already a patriot, I don’t need to pay for the privilege.

Hening on September 19, 2008 at 7:59 AM

I wish I could say I’m seeing any of the new McCain advertising here in the St. Louis Market but I’m not. Lots of Obama. Lots & lots.

Nyog_of_the_Bog on September 19, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Sarah Palin has to reprise Rudy Giuliani’s devastating attack on Obama over the Georgia crisis over the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle.

She can point out that when this financial crisis struck, Obama turned to his financial advisers, James Johnson, Franklin Raines and Austan Goolsbee, who were responsible for creating the mess in the first place, and looted these institutions for $XXX Million.

She can point out that, meanwhile, one politician had it right, and quote John McCain from back in 2005 telling people about the impending crisis and what must be done.

Tag Line: “So, next time, instead of Obama asking for advice from a lot of guys who messed things up in the first place, he should just call John McCain”.

Palin could also reprise her attacks on “community organizers”, even though we all know now (thanks Gov. Paterson!) that this is a racial slur. She can point out that $XXX Million dollars was looted from Freddie/Fanny and funneled to “community organizers” for all sorts of asinine projects. Surely she can work the term “community organizer” into this about a dozen times. She never even has to mention Obama’s name.

gridlock2 on September 19, 2008 at 8:10 AM

mouell on September 19, 2008 at 7:11 AM

LOL!!!! I live in that clown’s district and I question it all the time!

muggedbyreality on September 19, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Karen Tumulty at Time will say this ad is racist…for whatever reason.

SouthernGent on September 19, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Every time these 2 open their mouths, they insult millions of people.

When did paying more taxes become a “cool” thing?

Lloyd Christmas & Harry Dunn have nothing on these 2 morons.

TheHat on September 19, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Well, that’s one way to get the dems to become more patriotic!
When I saw Joe Biden say that last night, the thought occurred to me, dems really do like paying more taxes, so why don’t they? Nothing’s stopping them from writing that check to the government…

4shoes on September 19, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Great ad. Sarcasm & humor are a wonderful combination.

Don’t believe the polls. They’re being massaged.

Rush predicted it saying they’d up the Dem % or whatever necessary to spin the results until the last week or two. They’ll help the Dems until it counts.

If you look at the internals you’ll see most polls are doing exactly that as AP noted earlier this week. He thought it might not make a difference. On the contrary it’s a contrivance designed to make the difference.

I agree with Peggy, “It’s over”. She just picked the wrong team.

rcl on September 19, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Would it be considered unpatriotic to hire a good accountant to get out of as much patriotism as possible?

Or is is more patriotic to pay the highest percentage of your income? Maybe even throw in an extra $1,000 just to show how much you love this country.

BigWyo on September 19, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Funny ad. I really like it when McCain uses humor, it’s very effective.

Mulligan on September 19, 2008 at 8:39 AM

How does it go? Since The One is part politician, part modern deity, is it now “Give unto Barack that which is Barack’s, but give unto Obama what is Obama’s?”

Red Cloud on September 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM

LOL…Great ad.

I believe all the McCain ads should make these two clowns look like the baffoons they are.

John Doe on September 19, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Biden is an embarrassment.

The one thing that Biden doesn’t do is outshine The One.

Wouldn’t anyone else simply outshine Barry? Seriously.

I think that was part of the consideration in choosing Bribem…er…Biden.

ex-Democrat on September 19, 2008 at 9:11 AM

……..and as long as we’re talking about Charlie (“Oh, that $75,000!) Rangle, why don’t we “up the charges” a tad, and also accuse him of being a low-life, cross-dressing, quadruple axe-murderer. That way we can say: “It’s not that we necessarily believe the charges are true, it’s the serious nature of those charges which require us to pursue this story.”

alwyr on September 19, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Biden should set the example on being patriotic by paying “extra” taxes. I don’t think that will happen though based on his charitable giving over 10 years.

Total Income=$2,450,042 Total Charitable Giving=$3,690

The Dems are always wanting to fund a “good” cause but want someone else to pay for it.

iamsaved on September 19, 2008 at 9:18 AM

THE MADMONK IS BACK. HURRICANE IKE COULDN’T SUPPRESS MY VOICE FOREVER. But I thank God we didn’t get as much damage as the coast.

Going by Biden’s definition of patriotism, I would hate America. I’m not working, I just got hit by a hurricane and may get FEMA aid, and prospects of an interview in my area right now are nil.

Wow, overnight, I went from loving my country to hating it.

Thanks, Joe Biden. I needed the clarification.

madmonkphotog on September 19, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Best political ad-team ever?

carbon_footprint on September 19, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Biden wants us to give more taxes so he can send money to Iran

http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/biden_right_after_9_11_lets_send_an_200000000_check_to_iran/

mindhacker on September 19, 2008 at 9:27 AM

One has to wonder at the psychology of sending Biden around the country pushing higher taxes as an Obama platform. One also has to wonder even more why all the high income Dems are so much in favor of this idea. Like Biden(or so he says)are they delighted by this? It is a strange and suspicious turn of events.

jeanie on September 19, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Any knowledge as to which markets this ad might be running?

Clearly it’s on McCain’s YouTube site, but is it making it on the air in any battleground states?

The economic impact of a tax increase during a slowdown or recession is throwing salt into an open wound. They have to pound that message home.

GulfCoastBamaFan on September 19, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Biden certainly put his foot in his mouth.

Thankfully, Biden LIVES with his foot in his mouth!

hahaha

csdeven on September 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM

slow out of the box, the Mc campaign is now waging what I think is one of the most brilliant media blitz’ in modern politics.

see the genesis here (obbie site, but worth a look):

jimmer on September 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM

sorry about that.

here’s the URL:

http://buzzfeed.com/scott/vote-on-mccains-dirtiest-ads

jimmer on September 19, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Outlander on September 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM

The poll results we are getting are a combination of the polls over the previous three days. So each poll is watered down by the two days previous to it. Any gains that McCain sees over the next three days will not be fully evident until the third day. So by Monday we will know if these ads are educating the people who have been deceived by Oslima.

csdeven on September 19, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Should we be re-reading “Animal Farm”? Perhaps it is more than a little relevant to the current election.

dtestard on September 19, 2008 at 7:02 AM

Some are just a little bit more equal than others, right?

Oink on September 19, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Very good ad. Some humor, which can be very effective. Hope it runs in PA often. We are getting saturated with Obama tv spots right now.

james23 on September 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

Karl Marx Barack Obama

TooTall on September 19, 2008 at 10:54 AM

That ad is crap. If you are stupid swing voter and only catch the last half you will think that McCain wants to raise taxes.

What is wrong with these people? Don’t they know you have to talk to swing voters like you talk to a five year old?

dKap on September 19, 2008 at 11:45 AM

That ad is crap. If you are stupid swing voter and only catch the last half you will think that McCain wants to raise taxes.

Huh? People will also be WATCHING the ad, seeing Biden and fireworks and talking about higher taxes. Even a five-year-old could figure out that the ad means Biden wants to raise taxes.

Steve Z on September 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Where are these ads playing? If these are only Internet ads this isn’t going to get the traffic they need to make a difference. The celebrity ad was a big hit on Youtube. They need ads that get free time and pay time.

petunia on September 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Are these playing in the battleground states. I’m in Indiana (should go strong for McCain) so that may be why I’m not seeing them.

SKYFOX on September 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

I love how Biden thinks it patriotic to raise other people’s taxes but doesn’t think it’s patriotic for him to reduce government spending.

PackerBronco on September 19, 2008 at 12:59 PM

The ad should cite something; a newspaper article, the number of a senatorial bill, anything. It’s just a little thing, but it would give the ad substance, and go a little farther to refute any claim that this is not about “the issues.”

manwithblackhat on September 19, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Damn, depending on the stock market, this may be my first “patriotic” year out of the past six. In that I may pay more in taxes (estimated quarterly payments) than I end up owing.

Hard to say at this point, but it’s definitely a possibility.

Hooray, I may be a patriot who loaned money to the Government interest free… somehow I don’t feel better about that.

Let’s hope my stocks see their April highs when I’m looking to sell later this year; and I can end up owing the Government money, which they can have in mid-April instead.

As my so-wise father once told me “Pay as little as you legally can in taxes, until/unless you believe the Government is actually spends your taxes in a good, responsible, fair, and economic manner.”

I guess he’s not patriotic.

gekkobear on September 19, 2008 at 1:31 PM

I’m going to make paying more taxes cool again.

B. Husein Obama

jukin on September 19, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Unbelievable that this idiot would actually be asking Americans to send more of their money to Washington. My ad would have McCain talking about how Washington is broken and complicit in this mess and incredulous that his opponents want Americans to send even more of their hard-earned money to this cesspool followed by Biden’s patriotic statements, Obama’s tax increase statements, and finally Harry Reid stating nobody knows what to do now. It is unbelievable for them to think now’s a good time to ask for more tax dollars.

PatMac on September 19, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Obama is asking his followers, the young and the dumb, to get in people’s face and argue on his behalf.

For those lefties that wish to have tips on how to promote Barack Obama when you get in their faces:

http://www.nextgenerationcorp.com/NextGenBlog/?p=57

And, Morning Bell: Real Patriots Cut Taxes:
http://blog.heritage.org/2008/09/19/morning-bell-real-patriots-cut-taxes/

Throw Obama away.

Let’s make American great again–vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin!

AdrianS on September 19, 2008 at 3:16 PM

That settles it I’m voting for McCain['s Ad Man]

Micheal on September 19, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Beautiful.

More of the same, please.

The Ugly American on September 19, 2008 at 5:33 PM