New McCain ad: “The Coal Miner”

posted at 2:00 pm on September 24, 2008 by Allahpundit

Had the cross-cutting between Obama and Biden been a little quicker to emphasize the absurdity of the contradiction, this one might have reached the sarcastic heights of the “celebrity” ads. No matter. Conservatives will relish it anyway for rubbing Biden’s face in a warm pile. And by pile, I don’t mean a pile of coal.


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Is anyone else getting the idea that the more McCain talks about Obama the worse he gets in the polls. I think it is time for McCain to do some positive ads about himself.

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Good ad – but the DATES the statements were made should be put up on the screen.

JustTruth101 on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

In a just world, these types of ads would be redundant to media reporting.

(sigh)

VolMagic on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

When Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder sang together they produced “Ebony and Ivory”

When Obama and Biden get together they just make a Panderer Bear.

Elizabetty on September 24, 2008 at 2:04 PM

That well known leftist tool Fox News now has Obama going from 3 behind McCain to 6 ahead.

KentAllard on September 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Is anyone else getting the idea that the more McCain talks about Obama the worse he gets in the polls. I think it is time for McCain to do some positive ads about himself.

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

The polls the press lets you see. Internal Polls are probably showing something very different.

The reason campaigns use negative ads is simple, they WORK.

Elizabetty on September 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Mccain was doing a lot better in the polls when he was attacking Obama on the issues. Then he started whining and that’s when the bottom fell out – the lipstick thing was stupid, there was a better way to play that.

Every Obama ad here in florida is negative, and many (at least both I’ve seen) are willful lies.

lorien1973 on September 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

They should have has a voice over AND the text at the end, Obama and Biden, ready to Pander Yes, Ready to Lead.. NO. (thats the only critique of the ad, it’s good other than that.. sometimes people aren’t watching the tv, if they are in the other room they will hear that.. )

Chakra Hammer on September 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

We are the Saudi Arabia of coal. It provides most of our electricity, all by itself – 52% and growing.
Without it, our most inexpensive source of energy, by far, our economy would be utterly destroyed.

TexasJew on September 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

VolMagic

Republican ads do tend to simply be facts the media neglects to report. Democratic ads are just everything too hot to have the media shill for.

Dr. Manhattan on September 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Body language experts agree,anytime someone digs into ear wax while making a statement, they are obfuscating the truth.

ndulik on September 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

That well known leftist tool Fox News now has Obama going from 3 behind McCain to 6 ahead.

KentAllard on September 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Stupid liberal Fox News.

BadgerHawk on September 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

I think it’s funny (and maybe it’s just me) how Obama sounds like he’s starting to sing some country song at the beginning of the ad.

Abby Adams on September 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

They should have had a voice over AND the text at the end, Obama and Biden, ready to Pander Yes, Ready to Lead.. NO. (thats the only critique of the ad, it’s good other than that.. sometimes people aren’t watching the TV, if they are in the other room they will hear that.. )

Chakra Hammer on September 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Protein Wisdom reports:

As I noted in an update last evening would almost certainly be the case, the media today is pushing the story that the firm owned by McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, lobbied for Freddie and Fannie Mac — all while continuing to ignore exploring, at any length, Sen Barack Obama’s actual ties to those closely related to the current economic meltdown. Not only that, but the Davis-as-tied-to-crisis story is disputed by the McCain campaign — which alleges that the NYT has reported in bad faith, and that public records back up the campaign’s claims that Mr Davis cut ties to his firm in 2006, and that he never lobbied Freddie or Fannie Mac (and in fact, hasn’t been a registered lobbyist since 2005).

All of which, I suppose, is not surprising; after all, the media seems to think that the Sen from Illinois is running against everyone but Senator McCain, from the Gov. of Alaska to a campaign manager, and so their function has been to try to dirty them and hope that as the stories accrue, the public is left with a certain impression crafted by their reporting, while the facts that undercut this impression will ultimately only be “corrected” in the back pages of the paper, if at all.

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=13309

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Obama in a coal ad?

Yeah, that’s racist.

lorien1973 on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Is anyone else getting the idea that the more McCain talks about Obama the worse he gets in the polls. I think it is time for McCain to do some positive ads about himself.
chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I saw a positive ad on I think the sunday morning shows. This is an internet ad. When is it going to run on TV, and in what market?

wise_man on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I LOVE THAT ADD

MORE ABOUT COAL PLANTS IN CHINA THOUGH. BUT RUN IT ALL THE TIME IN OHIO, WV, MICHIGAN, COLORADO, AND ESPECIALLY PENNSYLVANIA

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I would do a version 2 and add the voice over at the end, “Obama and Biden, ready to Pander Yes, Ready to lead NO” , use the version 2 for the TV.

Chakra Hammer on September 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Chakra Hammer on September 24, 2008 at 2:06 PM

I don’t think this is a TV ad. Maybe it should be though.

Abby Adams on September 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Excuse me ad.

I still love it. Thank God Team Mac is getting their heads out of their…well whereever they have been for the last week.

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

I think it’s funny (and maybe it’s just me) how Obama sounds like he’s starting to sing some country song at the beginning of the ad.

He does, and is he mining for coal in his ear?

whitetop on September 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=13309

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Atlas Shrugs.

You can’t win when the world is sitting on you.

lorien1973 on September 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I thought China was a shining EXAMPLE for us Americans….the glowing China of the Olympics….with plenty of window dressing.

Now Biden is bashing CHINA? Does Obama know about this?

SOB-Operation Sling Blade.

This is why they have Biden out jawing about Iraq today.

HornetSting on September 24, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Ummmmmmmmmmm……….. how about an ad with a timeline starting with Carter, then Clinton defining the Government Regulations that forced banks into the mess we are in, and then ending up listing all of the Democrats who profited from Fanny mae…….. Chris Dodd et al, ending with Barak Obama.

…………. now THAT add might get a little bang for the buck!

Seven Percent Solution on September 24, 2008 at 2:13 PM

i like the redneck music.

venicesurfer on September 24, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Play that ad in every state that has mining I mean even the ones out west might see a big change in CO if they would,let alone OH, and PA,KY and WV !

tee866 on September 24, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Shocking that Joe is against coal. I thought he was born in Tredegar, Wales and was the son of a coal miner.

Ooops, sorry, that was Joe’s speech writer.

moxie_neanderthal on September 24, 2008 at 2:17 PM

yuk, Obama just cleaned out his ear.

ctmom on September 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM

As the grandson of two coal miners, and as a person whose first job was working on a coal delivery truck to keep the chute clear so the coal would go into the bin and not the lawn, I approve this message.

either orr on September 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM

either orr on September 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM
As the wife of a 4th gen coal miner I approve also.

tee866 on September 24, 2008 at 2:22 PM

they should go guerilla with this stuff, hit the streets in Western Penn. and go to the Coal Mines with copies of this ad and fliers.

jp on September 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Mccain was doing a lot better in the polls when he was attacking Obama on the issues. Then he started whining and that’s when the bottom fell out – the lipstick thing was stupid, there was a better way to play that.

Every Obama ad here in florida is negative, and many (at least both I’ve seen) are willful lies.

lorien1973 on September 24, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Bingo. Whining about “sexism” or the “lipstick on a pig” comment didn’t help McCain, and actually underscored the point critics of the Palin pick made re: identity politics, and is thus a loser.

Hitting Obama on substantive issues? Now that’s a winner.

thirteen28 on September 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Ole King Coalbama was a merry ole soul
and a merry ole soul was he.

Til Sir Biden came
and upset his game

now he lives in obscurity.

eaglewingz08 on September 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Why isn’t this a TV spot? I love the “Ready to Pander” stuff at the end…

changer1701 on September 24, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Are they still running against each other?

ConservativePartyNow on September 24, 2008 at 2:28 PM

meaning Biden and Obama. It sure looks like it

ConservativePartyNow on September 24, 2008 at 2:28 PM

I wish the word “China” had made it into the ad.

CP on September 24, 2008 at 2:29 PM

A thought. One of the main issues is that Palin stole the lime light for a little too long and made McCain fade away. Now the Obama campaign is asking questions about everyone around McCain because:

a) they can’t really attack McCain directly. He is far more clean than even Obama in his short years.

b) Attacking everyone else pushes McCain aside and dirties him up with all the “others”. They don’t have to say that McCain is bad directly. Just everyone around him.

I think that McCain et al should go with that strategy a little more. But they are going to have to hit harder and say it straight that these people are part of a dirty system.

How about a montage type ad of all the people that Obama allegedly doesn’t know who are quoted as being his advisors who have been thrown under the bus? Quotes as to their relationship or direct quotes from Obama, first showing the relationship and then disavowing them.

the end would be something about how he threw these people under the bus when it became politically inconvenient or when the truth was out, what will he do when you become inconvenient? Or, my favorite, when the going gets tough, will Sen. Obama throw the American people under the bus?

Throw it all at him at once. the public might have short term memory, but they remember certain things, they just lose a little importance over daily life. Time to ring the bell.

Kat_Mo on September 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I don’t think the park is gonna hold that one from McCain…..

JP1986UM on September 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Obama in a coal ad?

Yeah, that’s racist.

lorien1973 on September 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

And remember we’re talking about “clean, articulate coal”.

Well, maybe minus the articulate. But still, clean = racist!

hit and run on September 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

O/T
Has anyone watched the Fox News live stream that they have going all day? It’s kind of cool.

tee866 on September 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Is anyone else getting the idea that the more McCain talks about Obama the worse he gets in the polls. I think it is time for McCain to do some positive ads about himself.

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

McCain is where he is in the polls because he has not attacked Obama hard enough on the economy.

johnt on September 24, 2008 at 2:35 PM

yuk, Obama just cleaned out his ear.

ctmom on September 24, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Don’t monkeies dig in their ears with their fingers?

RAAAAAAACISSSSST AD!!!!!

/sarc

csdeven on September 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

It’s okay. They need to improve it, and put it on TV.

Spirit of 1776 on September 24, 2008 at 2:37 PM

but the DATES the statements were made should be put up on the screen.

Absolutely necessary.

Spirit of 1776 on September 24, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Wait till the Wright ads hit. Polls will flip flop faster than Obama’s platform.

marklmail on September 24, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Biden the miner. Oh man.

“I’ll bet the man from the city is racked with pain and pity, but he’s never had to lose or had the highwall blues!”

forest on September 24, 2008 at 2:44 PM

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I had that thought also, but we know that negative ads work.

So, I’m gonna wait for the debates. The MSM can’t obfuscate a clear Oslime-a failure when it’s on live TV.

csdeven on September 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM

McCain is where he is in the polls because he has not attacked Obama hard enough on the economy.

johnt on September 24, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I don’t think so. A rep from Gallup says that there is a percentage of people that simply respond with which ever name they’ve heard on the news most recently.

McCain is doing better in the polls, even the polls where the MSM is clearly weighting them in Obama’s favor, than any Republican I can remember in my lifetime.

Remember Fritz had a 18 point lead on Reagan. Kerry had a 20 point lead on Bush. McCain is doing very well.

Dorvillian on September 24, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Just western Pa.? No. Northeastern Pa. (including Scranton) has to hear that one, too.

either orr on September 24, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Breaking news on Fox McCain just suspended his campain to come back to Washington to work on the bail out and CHALLENGED the O to do the same.

tee866 on September 24, 2008 at 2:52 PM

I think the reason for his slide is that he has gotten off the straight talk express.

But it looks like he’s back on it. He’s suspending his campaign to get the details of this deal hammered out.

Of course this wont be considered leadership by the MSM. I’m sure that John would rather save the economy and lose an election than the exact opposite.

csdeven on September 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Ready to Pander……Love.It.

More of the same, please.

The Ugly American on September 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Kat_Mo on September 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

In many ways, we choose our friends, if only by choosing not to rebuke them. Enemies, on the other hand, are generally earned by our actions.

As such, you can characterize a man’s judgment by the quality of his friends, but you judge his character by the quality of his enemies.

(Am I plagiarizing anyone here?)

Count to 10 on September 24, 2008 at 2:59 PM

The first really bad McCain ad I’ve seen.

Labamigo on September 24, 2008 at 3:05 PM

McCain should release an ad mentioning that he was a POW.

Roger Waters on September 24, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Roger Waters on September 24, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Stupid.

Elizabetty on September 24, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Is anyone else getting the idea that the more McCain talks about Obama the worse he gets in the polls. I think it is time for McCain to do some positive ads about himself.

chb03c on September 24, 2008 at 2:03 PM

QFT.

I like this ad, but more balance is needed. McCain’s been adept at causing Obama to lose points, but weak on gaining them for himself.

Palin and the convention were McCain’s only significant poll grabbers. People need to know more of “why” they need to support McCain.

- Positive ad on his prior economic work and plans for the future?
- Lexington Project?

The McCain camp squandered the post Palin/ convention lead. That would have been the time to hit with the positives and shore up the new found support.

Damiano on September 24, 2008 at 3:18 PM

The hillbilly fiddle music seems a bit off-putting to me.

Mike D. on September 24, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Obama and O’Biden, the ying and yang of pandering.

Mojave Mark on September 24, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Thumbs up!

mindhacker on September 25, 2008 at 1:08 PM