New 527 ad responds to Obama attack on McCain’s computer abilities

posted at 12:10 pm on September 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain didn’t want to respond in kind to Barack Obama’s silly and ignorant attack on McCain’s inability to e-mail, but a 527 group has decided to fill the vacuum on their own. In a 30-second spot called “Wounded Veterans”, Lt. Col. Mike Fairhead asks Obama why he attacks McCain’s war wounds:

I’m certain that this will once again start the hysteria about 527s, “swift boating”, and unfair personal attacks among Obama’s defenders.  Well, I’d say that Lt. Col. Fairhead may go a little far in claiming that Obama attacked McCain’s war injuries, since it looks more like a case of incompetence than anything else.  That certainly was the net effect, if not the intent.

I’d also say too bad.  Their original ad itself was, even without the easily-researchable cause of McCain’s disability, pointless and misleading.  McCain has led on technology issues (although he did not, as McCain himself laughingly noted, invent the Blackberry).  The fate of the Western world does not hinge on the ability to personally send an e-mail, especially when the White House has been known to hire an aide or two for those kinds of purposes.  On the other hand, the false logic of “How can McCain understand the tech world if he can’t send an e-mail” certainly opens Obama to the more substantial logic of “How can Obama understand the military if he’s never served,” or “How can Obama handle the biggest executive job in the Free World without any executive experience at all,” and so on.

Let the whiners gripe about the marginal overreach in this ad.  Call it an idiot tax for Team Obama and their failure to do basic research on the original spot.  Joe Biden’s original verdict on that spot being included in this ad is priceless as well.

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Why was McCain’s little health report over a thousand pages long?
Dave Rywall on September 24, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Why has Obama only released one page of medical records?

He could have syphillus eating his brain for all we know. It would explain the uhs and lack of direct answers to questions.

Right_of_Attila on September 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Drop shipped to your door, Old Hippie Vet, with gratitude for your service.

BillH on September 24, 2008 at 2:24 PM

You are welcome Bill.

I was drafted in 70, my number was 24. LOL

Best thing that ever happened to me.

Old Hippie Vet on September 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Grue in the Attic on September 24, 2008 at 12:30 PM


Loxodonta on September 24, 2008 at 3:14 PM

It doesn’t even go far enough. The Obama people put out the stupid ad so now they need to live with it. On this subject, Joe Biden finally said something sensible. I wonder when he goes under the bus?

duff65 on September 24, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Well, for real. Classy move, Obama campaign.

chiefeditor on September 24, 2008 at 5:11 PM

It is confirmed. Dave Rywell is a MAJOR LEAGUE ASSHOLEe

Jamson64 on September 24, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Let the whiners gripe about the marginal overreach in this ad. Call it an idiot tax for Team Obama and their failure to do basic research on the original spot.

Unfortunately, when surrendercrats are elected, we all end up having to pay the idiot tax, not just idiots like Rywell.

91Veteran on September 24, 2008 at 11:16 PM

The pain from old war injuries is exactly what makes him frail. If you’re not physically well, you cannot possibly expect to be able to have the stamina to endure the rigors of the presidency. I await various comments about how tough McCain is today.

Dave Rywall on September 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Polio; wheelchair. FDR. Addison’s Disease; cortisone shots. JFK. Depression; not treated. Lincoln.

Dave, some people, particularly those of Presidential caliber, suck it up and do what they need to do. Other people, of lesser calibre, just head on up to the Great White North to hunt ankles.

unclesmrgol on September 25, 2008 at 12:49 AM