McCain ad: “Hypo”

posted at 8:15 am on October 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Call it a little ground-plowing ahead of tonight’s debate. John McCain wants to shake trust in Obama, which CNN helped do last night on AC360 in an unexpected assist. In “Hypo”, McCain calls Obama a hypocrite for his New Politics posing while issuing attack ads:

ANNCR: Who is Barack Obama?

KMOV TV ANCHOR (VIDEO): Obama’s presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad.

ANNCR: How hypocritical. Obama’s Social Security attack was called “a falsehood.” His health care attack … “misleading”. Obama’s stem cell attack … “not true”.

Barack Obama. He promised better. He lied.

This ad takes too broad a target, and ends up looking a little weak.  It takes a potentially blockbuster topic — the Obama Truth Squad fiasco — and turns it into a “politcians lie” accusation.  That’s not exactly breaking news, and some of the same sources this ad quotes have also accused McCain of the same thing.

McCain needs to do a 30-second spot on the Truth Squad in Missouri.  That was a lot more significant than just pointing out that Obama lies about McCain’s record.  Obama and his allies attempted to use law enforcement to intimidate critics of Barack Obama into silence.  Put that in a 30-second spot, and it will get attention from the national media, and put Obama on the defensive.


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How do you really expect McCain to explain the truth squad garbage in a 30 second clip?!

anniekc on October 7, 2008 at 8:18 AM

Boy you get started early in the day Ed!

Agreed about the missed opportunity about the Truth Squad.

“Leave me alone or I’ll call the Truth Squad!”
“I’m on the Truth Squad.”
“YOU ARE the Truth Squad.”

Sarjex on October 7, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Obama doesn’t like freedom. He doesn’t like competition. These are two pillars of our country. Does he like our country? That too has been an open question about him and Michelle.

beatcanvas on October 7, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Agreed, Ed. People need to see that Obama is ready and willing to squash free speech, if elected president.

becki51758 on October 7, 2008 at 8:20 AM

McCain needs to do a 30-second spot on the Truth Squad in Missouri. That was a lot more significant than just pointing out that Obama lies about McCain’s record. Obama and his allies attempted to use law enforcement to intimidate critics of Barack Obama into silence. Put that in a 30-second spot, and it will get attention from the national media, and put Obama on the defensive.

Agreed.

Saltysam on October 7, 2008 at 8:21 AM

A little musical levity for this early hour….

SING FOR CHANGE: THE PYONGYANG REMIX

seejanemom on October 7, 2008 at 8:21 AM

And OBTW….

If O is a “HIPO”…does that mean that I can sleep any better at night that McCain is a RINO?

Um…No No.

seejanemom on October 7, 2008 at 8:24 AM

I agree Ed. They diluted this message. Obama threatened to invoke legal action against McCain for misleading ads. Wish they’d quoted Missouri governor’s “Obama needs to grow up” remark too.

SoldiersMom on October 7, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Man…Robert Gibbs is on FOX pretending he knows NOTHING about William Ayers…..TYPICAL…

DENY, DEFLECT, ACCUSE, ATTACK.

seejanemom on October 7, 2008 at 8:26 AM

This ad is really good,however the Liberals
are going to have a meltdown over the ‘lied’
part!!

Me thinks tonight will go down in history,
Mother of All Debates,can’t wait for Obama
to lose his it!!!

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 8:28 AM

A second poll has shown McCain closing http://dirtyharrysplace.com/?p=4878

He needs to continue a full court press and get brutal on the boards.

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I like it.

Hope they show it all over the place, maybe even rent a satellite channel and play it on a loop.

Dorvillian on October 7, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Well, if they want to push this issue in the MSM, let Palin do her stiletto job and it will be all over the place. Let them paint him as the scary creepy guy he really is.

promachus on October 7, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Obama threatened to invoke legal action against McCain

Against anyone…

Obama’s intimidation tactics, using prosecutors and law enforcement officers, was meant to intimidate the little people.

Sign of things to come….

Saltysam on October 7, 2008 at 8:30 AM

McCain needs to do a 30-second spot on the Truth Squad in Missouri.

Ed, you got it right in your first comment …..

Call it a little ground-plowing

This, I believe is a trial balloon. If it flies, it’ll be another straw on the camels back. I don’t believe he will bring it up in the debate, unless Brokaw brings it up (Bwahahahahah!!! Yeah, riiiiight).

csdeven on October 7, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Maybe we should just start calling him Col. Peron.

Browncoatone on October 7, 2008 at 8:33 AM

I think it is always effective to prove your opponent is lying. Obama will undoubtedly lie tonight in the debate…. about McCain… about his own accomplishments or positions… he will lie. If McCain catches him and points it out in a not to subtle manner, this will be effective.

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Who even knows about the Truth Squads other than we political junkies? People need to know because I’ll tell ya…I think most people will have the same reaction to them that I did–and that is not good for Obama.

Bob's Kid on October 7, 2008 at 8:34 AM

I don’t think McCain is running a single positive, pro-McCain ad right now.

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Against anyone…

Saltysam on Oct 7,2008 at 8:30AM.

Saltysam: And don’t forget,Hopey basically threatened
the MSM not to talk to his kids or Omama!:)

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 8:37 AM

I don’t think McCain is running a single positive, pro-McCain ad right now. – crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:36 AM

He doesn’t have to: McCain’s a known quantity. The next 28 days will be spent exposing Obama for the fraud he is.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

McCain is a stinking liar. He was the one who promised to take the high road in this campaign and he has done anything but that.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

He doesn’t have to: McCain’s a known quantity. The next 28 days will be spent exposing Obama for the fraud he is.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Why did they decide to start doing that right now, in October?

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

I hope McCain plays the “Hillary 2012″ card at some point in one of the two remaining debates:

“Now, I’d like to speak directly to the 18 million people who voted for Senator Clinton in the primary. You made a choice for experience over non-experience. I ask you to make that same choice on November 4th. Also, I’d like to point out that if I win the election, Senator Clinton can run again in four years; if Obama wins, she will have to wait eight years for another chance at the presidency.”

Kafir on October 7, 2008 at 8:42 AM

He doesn’t have to: McCain’s a known quantity. The next 28 days will be spent exposing Obama for the fraud he is.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

McCain is the fraud and the American people are smart enough and decent enough to see through McCain’s shenanigans.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:43 AM

I agree, Ed. If the ad is about silencing opposition, there are are also two other clear examples. The Obama campaign has asked the United States Justice Dept to investigate its political opposition at least once, and I believe twice, during this campaign. On two occasions, the Obama HQ has sent out emails asking supporters to swamp the switchboards when a Chicago radio host was interviewing conservative journalists investigating Obama’s Chicago years.

On the other hand, I suspect that the ad was less about the issues than it was part of an effort to get the word Lie and Liar out there. It may actually be bait.

If Obama doesn’t respond, the accusation stands. If he protests, McCain can come back at him with an even more substantial list — including the times when Obama himself has called other people liars (like the pro-life group who pointed out his vote on the born alive act). Either way, the subject of Obama as a liar is on the table.

JM Hanes on October 7, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Why did they decide to start doing that right now, in October?

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Because they were losing.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:45 AM

McCain is a stinking liar. He was the one who promised to take the high road in this campaign and he has done anything but that.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Yeah right, good thinking. Be sweet and nice while a ruthless, lying opponent rips your ass out.

Where is your home planet?

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:45 AM

McCain is a stinking liar. He was the one who promised to take the high road in this campaign and he has done anything but that.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Oh my. In other news, Senator Obama decided not to use public funding after saying all along he would. Of course, that isn’t a lie. (sip… sip… ahhhh great Kool-Aid)

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Why did they decide to start doing that right now, in October?

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

It’s all about the timing, baby. Too early and it might not be as effective.

misslizzi on October 7, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Comparisons to Hitler are so overused. Is there another fascist we can compare Obama with, or would a communist dictator be more appropriate? His tactics are decidely Hitlerian, but that charge just makes people yawn.

SKYFOX on October 7, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Maybe he’ll follow up with another ad, because the truth squad stuff is more important then lying in ads. You would think ads on the truth squad like that in Mizzou would take it off the board, but devotees will defend anything, as evidenced by ayers, wright, etc.

Spirit of 1776 on October 7, 2008 at 8:48 AM

What we need is this ad:

Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend Tony Rezko was dealin’ dirty with taxpayers money while he was helping Obama buy his mansion. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend and pastor Jeremiah Wright was dealin’ dirty, spewing hate speech about the U.S.A. from his pulpit. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers was dealin’ dirty, proud of his terrorist acts against the U.S. in the ’60s and ’70s, then squandering $100 million with Obama’s help on a failed education project. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Do you really think Obama knew nothing?

And barry norris, please stop your twinkie defense of the Most Holey One. It’s gotten way too old.

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

He doesn’t have to: McCain’s a known quantity. The next 28 days will be spent exposing Obama for the fraud he is.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Agreed. 28 Days and the media still refuses to acknowledge that this empty suit has ever been vetted.

Rovin on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

McCain is the fraud and the American people are smart enough and decent enough to see through McCain’s shenanigans.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:43 AM

If you aren’t smart enough to see Obama’s lies then you are both blind as a bat and intellectually dishonest. Now go back under your bridge where you belong.

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Obama didn’t do anything wrong. McCain is ethically challenged.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

McCain is a stinking liar. He was the one who promised to take the high road in this campaign and he has done anything but that.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Boo Hoo!

John Doe on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Looks like the sound of the first canons have the nutroots changing their pants.

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 8:50 AM

It is frightening to me when I think about Obama becoming President and the efforts he will exercise in implementing the fairness doctrine and pursuing prosecution of those who speak out against him. We must keep up the fight to expose him for who he really is and ensure Americans are well informed.

mindhacker on October 7, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Why did they decide to start doing that right now, in October?

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

because if you have any brains you wait until the other side doesn’t have enough time to bury it in garbage. That is how politics are played.

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Why did they decide to start doing that right now, in October?

crr6 on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Here’s you honest answer:

Because BO never established his biography. He relied on his biography being so malleable that people could see whatever they want to see in him. It’s a rookie mistake, so the McCain camp will fill that gap right at the time when the undecideds start to say okay, the elections in a few weeks, who are these guys. Think is they know who JM is already.

It can be a very effective tool for McCain because his charges so far have been true.

Spirit of 1776 on October 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

If you aren’t smart enough to see Obama’s lies then you are both blind as a bat and intellectually dishonest. Now go back under your bridge where you belong.

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

I’m obviously way smarter than you if you support a scam artist like McCain.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Obama didn’t do anything wrong. McCain is ethically challenged.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Do you have anything besides mouthing Democrat talking points?

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Comparisons to Hitler are so overused. Is there another fascist we can compare Obama with, or would a communist dictator be more appropriate? His tactics are decidely Hitlerian, but that charge just makes people yawn.

SKYFOX on October 7, 2008 at 8:48 AM

We could use Lenin. He was much more subtle but just as ruthless and probably more effective than Hitler. Considering Obama’s Marxist bent, Lenin would be very appropriate.

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

barry norris couldn’t define “ethics” if it came up and bit him in the a**.
No, wait… he’s using Nancy Pelosi’s definition. Remember “the most ethical Congress ever” riff?
I know, I know… barry overdosed on the Ethical Suicide Society’s koolaid.

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Hey, this Ayes/Wright might just be working. Olberdork had a hissy-fit last night over it and now, the cockroach trolls have been unleashed. Heh Heh Heh

John Doe on October 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

We could use Lenin. He was much more subtle but just as ruthless and probably more effective than Hitler. Considering Obama’s Marxist bent, Lenin would be very appropriate.

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Given the way that his truth squad operates, I would say Stalin might be a good choice too.

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:55 AM

I’m obviously way smarter than you if you support a scam artist like McCain.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

lol, I’ll take that bet

Spirit of 1776 on October 7, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend Tony Rezko was dealin’ dirty with taxpayers money while he was helping Obama buy his mansion. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend and pastor Jeremiah Wright was dealin’ dirty, spewing hate speech about the U.S.A. from his pulpit. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers was dealin’ dirty, proud of his terrorist acts against the U.S. in the ’60s and ’70s, then squandering $100 million with Obama’s help on a failed education project. When confronted about it, Obama claimed…
Obama (in the voice of Sgt. Schultz): I know nothing.
Announcer: Do you really think Obama knew nothing? “Can this nation really afford to vote for some one who knows nothing?”

Fixed

Rovin on October 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Something recently hit a nerve and that’s probably why we are experiencing this invasion of the maggot trolls.

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

ANNCR: Who is Barack Obama?

KMOV TV ANCHOR (VIDEO): Obama’s presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad.

ANNCR: How hypocritical. Obama’s Social Security attack was called “a falsehood.” His health care attack … “misleading”. Obama’s stem cell attack … “not true”.

Barack Obama. He promised better. He lied.

The people making Team McCain’s ads are idiots.. people don’t like being told what to believe but they’re more than willing to make subliminal inferences… your best off making the last conclusion silent…

ninjapirate on October 7, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Better ad…

KMOV TV ANCHOR (VIDEO): Obama’s presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad.

ANNCR: Obama’s Social Security attack was called “a falsehood.” His health care attack … “misleading”. Obama’s stem cell attack … “not true”.

ninjapirate on October 7, 2008 at 9:01 AM

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM

So did Obama! When did that stop, about 2 seconds after Hillary dropped out of the primary. Play the nice guy doesn’t work in sports or politics. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!

flytier on October 7, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Rovin
+3
Let’s take it further…

Announcer: Do you really think Obama knew nothing? “Can this nation really afford to vote for some one a president who knows nothing?”

either orr on October 7, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Something recently hit a nerve and that’s probably why we are experiencing this invasion of the maggot trolls.

rplat on October 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Good! Now we need to drive them so nuts that they go absolutely spasoid. Just keep hammering:

Obama’s past radical associations
Democrat contribution to Fannie/Freddie meltdown.
Obama strong arm tactics to stifle free speech.
Obama not understanding the military situation in Iraq/Afghanistan

Until he gives us more to work with those are pretty good things to work on.

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 9:02 AM

The ‘O’ bubble is about to meet the same fate as the housing bubble. Once it bursts we can expect mood altering drug sales to go through the roof. Buy Pfizer stock NOW!

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 9:04 AM

McCain is the fraud and the American people are smart enough and decent enough to see through McCain’s shenanigans.
barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Shenanigans? Like disqualifying your opponents to gain the Senate seat in Illinois?…Shenanigans? Like sending a “truth squad” out to squash the truth, and free speech? Shenanigans? Like trying to hide many years of your life in Chicago’s corrupt political scene? Shenanigans? Like hanging out with, working with, lauching your political career in the home of an unrepentant domesitc terrorist? Shenanigans? Like taking on “affordable housing” and being a slum lord but pocketing the money instead of providing the housing? Shall we talk more about OBAMA?

Give me a break moron!

And he is not doing this because of MSM pollsters, he’s doing this because its time to! It will be nice and fresh in the minds of voters….watch and learn idiot.

OSUBuciz1 on October 7, 2008 at 9:06 AM

In response to the nutroots demand of surrender we at HA have come up with a response:

NUTZ!

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 9:10 AM

McCain has to quit dancing around here, and take this stuff full own and expose Obama for the Stalinist he is

jp on October 7, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Do you have anything besides mouthing Democrat talking points?

Hawthorne on October 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Well, barry norris also attempted the “My IQ is higher than yours” attack. This is a Biden talking point, and I’ll bet $1,000.00 that my IQ – as a McCain supporter – is higher than his.

Put up, or shut up, barry norris.

Right_of_Attila on October 7, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I like it.

Hope they show it all over the place, maybe even rent a satellite channel and play it on a loop.

Dorvillian on October 7, 2008 at 8:28 AM

LOL

I like the ad. It hits 4 points, all of which will have the Obama people spluttering.

And I do like the strong finish.

funky chicken on October 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Funny that Barry Norris should mention fraud:

Hypocrisy Doesn’t Begin To Describe It
Jennifer Rubin – 10.06.2008 – 10:56 PM
Ross Douthat writes:

Obama’s obfuscation regarding Ayers is, in a sense, the homage that vice pays to virtue – a tacit acknowledgment of the fact that the political culture of Chicago, and especially of Hyde Park, is more accommodating than perhaps it should be to a morally dubious figure like Ayers, and that having accommodated himself to those accommodations Obama now recognizes the need to behave as if he didn’t.

But this is true of Obama’s entire circle of comrades and associates, of course. He didn’t know who they were, or wasn’t all that close to them, or never happened to be there when their life-long habit of excoriating evil America was demonstrated. It is all of a piece.

But more than hypocrisy is at work here. It is not just far Left, American-hating radicals he now disowns. You get the sense that he believes everyone can be played. Rashid Khalidi can believe that Obama finds no one suffers more than the Palestinians. Jews can buy that he was moved by the Holocaust from a summer camp experience. Voters in his Congressional race in 1990 can be told that there is no difference ideologically between him and 100% ADA-rated Bobby Rush, but the rest of the state in 2004 (and eventually the country) can buy that he’s a post-partisan reformer. Terrorists come to believe he shares their scorn for America, but Iowa voters hear him talk about his appreciation that only in America could his story have happened. Primary voters in Ohio are coddled with protectionist promises – and then privately scorned while he is talking to San Fransciso liberal donors.

There is no end to it — everyone gets the version of Obama that perfectly fits his own world view. It is not hypocrisy. It’s fraud. Whatever he told or shared with Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, or Pfleger counts for no more that what he told or shared with other now inconvenient groups and individuals. He’s sold the same piece of political real estate to multiple buyers for multiple, conflicting uses.

But one thing has been consistent. He has never, ever attacked political corruption, whether in Chicago or Washington. To the contrary, at the Woods Fund, the Annenberg Challenge and the U.S. Senate he’s laddled out earmarks and goodies to a long list of friends and associates — Wright, Pfleger, Will County ( home of FBI target Larry Walsh), Allison S. Davis, ACORN, etc. The one consistency has been his fidelity to political supporters. Everyone else and every political position were disposable.

Now is precisely the time for firm convictions, strict ethical propriety and the firmness to turn away those who put private interests above the public good. We may be on the verge of electing a candidate who lacks any of these traits.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/rubin/35761

funky chicken on October 7, 2008 at 9:23 AM

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 8:46 AM
Obama didn’t do anything wrong. McCain is ethically challenged.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Well now… the “Truth Squads” in St. Louis are a clear felony violation of the law. If you aren’t clear, this kind of voter intimidation is illegal.

McCain ethically challenged? Pardon me if I don’t take you at face value. What violation would that be?

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:25 AM

The purpose of the ad is to brand Obama as a liar. Which,of course, he is. It’s effective.

AnthonyK on October 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM

I smell a month straight of this:

Muslim
Hussein
Hates America
Terrorist
Ayers
Maverick
Rezko
Outsider
Hates America
MSM

What we won’t hear? Any actual plans for improving America.

Xolom on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

What we won’t hear? Any actual plans for improving America.

Xolom on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

If you were paying attention, you already heard some… FREEZING SPENDING except defense and a couple of others. Cutting back government programs that aren’t performing up to par and eliminating those that aren’t performing at all. If they do nothing else except these things, that will be far more than enough.

CC

CapedConservative on October 7, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Not particularly strong.

Should have done a spot with the Missouri “Truth Squad”, the FCC threats from Obama’s lawyers to Pennsylvania TV stations, and one other similar issue. Three examples would spin a narrative that could end with something strong like, “No wonder we don’t know anything about him.”

The other stuff about “liar, liar, pants on fire” is incredibly weak. It was weak two weeks ago when it was Obama’s ad, and it’s weak this week when it’s McCain’s ad.

ClintACK on October 7, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Any actual plans for improving America.

Xolom on October 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Like this?

Michelle Obama: You know, one of the things we can’t do in this country is operate from a place of fear. How are we going to reestablish our footing in the world and change conversations globally so that we … move to a different place in how we deal with issues of terrorism?

That we’re … instead of protecting ourselves against terrorists, that we’re building diplomatic relationships and we’re investing in education abroad so that we’re making sure that kids are learning how to read as opposed to … fight us.
We’ve spent eight years gearing ourselves up for a fight, and we haven’t been educating our kids. We don’t have universal health care. I think that’s going to be the debate that Barack has: How are we going to direct our energy? Are we going to gear up for a fight or are we going to work to heal our nation?

SOURCE

NUTZ!

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

I’m buying ammo…

brtex on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Man, I love all the armchair campaign managers around here.

If you guys had been in charge of McCain’s campaign, by now he would have been branded as the biggest racist in history and be losing by 15 points.

This ad is great. It cuts through the media bullshit about McCain running a “dirty” campaign and shows voters exactly how much OBAMA has been running dirty, lying ads. All those ads have been running nonstop in PA, and the local media will not tell boters they are lies. So McCain has to. People here have had it with dirty lying politicians. Women voters and suburban voters and older voters do not like liars.

rockmom on October 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

I find it a very effective ad. True, there should be more attention on the Missouri truth squads, but this is an excellent start. The crusher is the way McCain used factcheck.org to show how Obama is a Hypocrite.

oonly on October 7, 2008 at 9:50 AM

The ad could have been stronger. After exposing the Missouri Truth Squads, McCain (or the announcer) could have said:

“Barack Obama claims to be a Constitutional Law professor, but he tries to use law enforcement to suppress your freedom of speech, and violate your First Amendment rights.”

(show picture of a frowning Obama) Big Brother is watching you.”

Steve Z on October 7, 2008 at 10:01 AM

That argument is too sophisticated for the average Joe Sixpack voter watching the Eagles game here in Philly. He isn’t going to be scared about secret police knocking on his door. But if he is already not sure about Obama, now he knows that Mr. New Politics is a liar. So maybe he won’t believe anything else Obama says from here on out.

rockmom on October 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

McCain is the fraud and the American people are smart enough and decent enough to see through McCain’s shenanigans.

barry norris on October 7, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Wow. Pure projection.

The reason for the attack ads is that it is clear that the American people have been mislead, and are unaware about how much of a fraud Obama is.

Count to 10 on October 7, 2008 at 10:53 AM

How do you really expect McCain to explain the truth squad garbage in a 30 second clip?!

I think it would be effective to have Governor Blunt explain it. Having someone in a position of authority/responsibility point out that this is unprecedented behavior would be effective imho. BTW has he initiated any kind of formal investigation?

I’d also run a version with a PUMA explaining how this sort of brown shirt behavior — which began in the primaries — is why s/he is afraid of an Obama presidency and voting for McCain.

Finally, what’s up with the email “hacker” case? That warrants an ad. It is not necessary to tie the hacking directly to Obama’s campaign — I think it’s sufficient to point out these are the tactics of his followers.

Y-not on October 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Something along these lines might be effective.

kmcguire on October 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

I answered my own question on the email hacker case.

Michelle Malkin talked to Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney today for a follow-up. She says the “inquiry is ongoing.” She couldn’t comment on any federal grand jury activity that might be taking place related to the case.

I wish they’d move this investigation along. I don’t understand how it can be taking so long, unless the kid is ratting out some other folks who put him up to it.

Y-not on October 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Was no one else disturbed by how skinny those N. Korean kids were?

snaggletoothie on October 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM