McCain ad: “Ladies and Gentlemen”

posted at 7:30 am on October 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Sometimes political campaigns use third-party endorsements in advertising to impress voters with their reach.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an election where a presidential candidate got an inadvertent endorsement from the opposing running mate, but then again, Joe Biden has never made it onto a national ticket until 2008 — and we’re beginning to understand why.  Team McCain uses Biden’s “endorsement” in their latest ad:

ANNCR: Listen to Joe Biden. Talking about what electing Barack Obama will mean.

JOE BIDEN: Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.

The world is looking. We’re going to have an international crisis … to test the mettle of this guy.

I guarantee you it’s gonna happen.

ANNCR: It doesn’t have to happen. Vote McCain.

Ads that use the words of opponents against them always work more effectively, and this could be the Best of Class, perhaps even better than Joe the Plumber. While most Americans reject redistributionism, it has nuances that allow Barack Obama to explain it away in rebuttal. Biden’s statement has no shadings at all. Elect Barack Obama and we’ll face an international crisis right away specifically to test Obama — because he’s untested and inexperienced.

Every voter understands what that means. Who wants unnecessary crisis? As the ad states, they can avoid that by electing John McCain instead. Heck, Biden’s own words makes that plain.

Team McCain says the ad will run in “key states”. It should be seen nationwide, but I’ll settle for eight or nine swing states.


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MR,

Back in the days of Captains Quarters, Rywall was undressed and exposed as a “nutter” on a daily basis, but yet kept coming back for more. This thing is addicted to abuse!!!

Keemo on October 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Still no ad regarding the Democratic plan to destroy 401k plans.

mylegsareswollen on October 24, 2008 at 8:06 AM

I understand your feelings and I hope you are not suggesting that McCain try and tie this to Obama. This 401K thing is so egregious that it is a perfect issue for Obama to oppose the dem controlled congress on. It could a setup by the dems to try and give Obama some bipartisan bona fides by getting the reps out on a limb just to saw it off behind them when Obama comes out against it. Now if Obama comes out for the plan, then he can tie it to Obama and make an issue of it.

csdeven on October 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Actually one thing that is missing is explicitly stating that Biden is Obama’s running mate and not some Right Wing Nut…………..

I think that we often overestimate how stupid many of the liberal base is.

mgtanner on October 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

overestimate = underestimate.

mgtanner on October 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

I think that we often overestimate how stupid many of the liberal base is. – mgtanner on October 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

I think you mean underestimate. But I get your point and agree somewhat. I don’t think it’s a question of stupidity so much as it is a question of ignorance. Many of these folks are poorly educated and often apathetic with regard to the fundaementals of civics. What little news any of them bothers to avail themselves of comes from the Drive-By media, including the late-night shows and Comedy Central.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 9:18 AM

ManlyRash shows up and Dave pees all over himself and goes away.

What a Twat.

BigWyo on October 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

The ad’s not directed at the liberal base; they’re all voting for Obama. The ad is directed at undecided independents and centrist/right-leaning Democrats.

AZCoyote on October 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

McCain could not have picked a better running mate for Obama.

hepcat on October 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

“John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile’s military ruler”

Stuff like THIS is relevant. Biden saying the world is tough and the president will be tested isn’t.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 8:20 AM

OK Dave, what did McCain discuss during this meeting? That’s right, no one knows and your assertions are asinine.

In 1985, McCain wasn’t the president! Having negotiations with lower level people is exactly what should happen during the diplomatic process. Obama (and you leftest moonbats) is clueless of how an unconditional meeting by the president gives credibility to terrorists and also undermines and insults our allies. But you and your ilk are too partisan to be intellectually honest about such things. Your panic over Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment and Biden’s “guarantee” is blatantly obvious.

And another thing….Obama doesn’t care about the genocide that would happen by leaving Iraq to soon, but in the next breath says we need to stop genocide where ever it happens.

csdeven on October 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

What Biden is tryng to get across is that the Dems have finally got the perfect candidate. They are going to have the usual giveaways to buy votes from the “95%” but be ready to stand by us when we have to get really strong on the military front. And suddenly all wars will be ok everywhere and because Bush F’ed it up so bad that we have to do this. They think that this will keep them in office forever and it may work. ugh

yakwill83 on October 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Understood….
btw McCain/Palin 50.2% & 290+

jerrytbg on October 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM
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Tell me what site it is that tells you McCain is
a) catching up
or
b) leading

Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

It’s a good ad, but it could be stronger. The ending should be:

Vote McCain. He’s already been tested, and our enemies won’t want to test him.

Steve Z on October 24, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Tell me what site it is that tells you McCain is
a) catching up or b) leading Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Does it matter? McCain’s going to win this election. Obama is going to lose. If you are so sure of your candidate, then let’s make another wager.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Obama +13.8%: Battleground state (PA)
Obama +10.4%: Battleground state (NH)
Obama +10.0%: Battleground state (NJ)
Obama +9.5%: Battleground state (IA)
Obama +9.0%: Battleground state (OR)
Obama +8.2%: Battleground state (MN)
Obama +8.2%: Battleground state (MI)
Obama +8.8%: Battleground state (WI)
Obama +7.3%: Battleground state (NM)
McCain +6.8%: Leaning Republican (GA)
Obama +5.1%: Battleground state (VA)
Obama +4.0%: Battleground state (CO)
McCain +3.8%: Leaning Republican (IN)
Obama +3.5%: Battleground state (OH)
Obama +3.1%: Battleground state (FL)
Obama +3.0%: Battleground state (NV)
McCain +2.2%: Leaning Republican (WV)

bye bye

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

bye bye – Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Brave Sir Rywall ran away
Bravely ran away, away.
When danger reared its ugly head
He bravely tucked his tail and fled
He chickened out, he buggered off..

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 9:59 AM

This could be the equivalent of the 1964 Johnson Daisy ad.

scrubjay on October 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Absolutely magnificent ad!!!!

Lothar on October 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM

I would have overplayed the hand, probably. Like letting Joe go on and explain that when it happens, he and Obama are going to screw it up.

Methinks McCain is saving that for “Ladies and Gentlemen II”

crazy_legs on October 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Thanks for your input, Drywall. I love when foreigners decide to give us their input on OUR elections.

Red Cloud on October 24, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Obama +5.1%: Battleground state (VA)
Obama +4.0%: Battleground state (CO)
Obama +3.5%: Battleground state (OH)
Obama +3.1%: Battleground state (FL)
Obama +3.0%: Battleground state (NV)

I think those are all either within the margin or error or extremely close to it. It’s not buh bye just yet.

NoFanofLibs on October 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Thanks for your input, Drywall. I love when foreigners decide to give us their input on OUR elections.

Red Cloud on October 24, 2008 at 10:13 AM
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I invite you to go sign the HOTAIR XENOPHOBES FOR AMERIKANZ ONLY petition.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 10:26 AM

I think those are all either within the margin or error or extremely close to it. It’s not buh bye just yet.

NoFanofLibs on October 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM
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Fair enough, but they’re all trending gains for Obama.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Joe: God luv ya, what am I talkin about???

dont taze me bro on October 24, 2008 at 10:39 AM

We need an ad that demonstrates the wisdom of splitting the WH and the Congress between the parties.

If all is wide open Dems, there will be no accountablity. Responses to crisis could be institution of martial law. Other goodies could include confiscation of arms (happened in LA during Katrina, don’t laugh), destruction of 401Ks, and rampant campaign finance fraud, not to mention possible citizenship questions that would call for impeachment.

With no checks and balances, you let an untested neophyte loose with the likes of Pelosi and Reid providing restraint? And Congress’ approval rating is what?

They could burn the country down before you got the matches away from them.

This kind of ad could have some traction with undecideds.

skeeter on October 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

We need an ad that demonstrates the wisdom of splitting the WH and the Congress between the parties.

If all is wide open Dems, there will be no accountablity. Responses to crisis could be institution of martial law. Other goodies could include confiscation of arms (happened in LA during Katrina, don’t laugh), destruction of 401Ks, and rampant campaign finance fraud, not to mention possible citizenship questions that would call for impeachment.

With no checks and balances, you let an untested neophyte loose with the likes of Pelosi and Reid providing restraint? And Congress’ approval rating is what?

They could burn the country down before you got the matches away from them.

This kind of ad could have some traction with undecideds.

skeeter on October 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM
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Yeah I remember you saying this sh*t about dividing the WH and the congress when the Republicans controlled both under Bush. Yeah, you were out in the streets protesting your head off. Duh.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

I invite you to go sign the HOTAIR XENOPHOBES FOR AMERIKANZ REAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICANS ONLY petition.

Fixed it Dave. As everyone knows, citizens of the United States of America are the only REAL Americans.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Fair enough, but they’re all trending gains for Obama. – Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Are they? Are you sure? Sure enough to wager on the outcome? C’mon, Dave. Put your money where your obnoxious mouth is.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Are they? Are you sure? Sure enough to wager on the outcome? C’mon, Dave. Put your money where your obnoxious mouth is.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Again? Don’t you ever get enough?

Count to 10 on October 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

bye bye

Dave Rywall

At least be true to your own words and just leave.

rokemronnie on October 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

:

IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll ): (Investors Business Daily Day Eleven 10-23-2008

McCain has cut into Obama’s lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deficit to a 9-point lead among Catholics – IBD

About IBD/TIPP: An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed IBD’s polling partner, TIPP, was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season – IBD

This poll is very interesting. the last category
Displays flag, yes, 51/36 for McCain
Displays flag, no, 63/28 for Obama

entagor on October 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Again? Don’t you ever get enough? – Count to 10 on October 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Enough of what? Humiliating Rywall. Heh…never.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I was waiting and waiting for the MSM to pick this up. It took them some time and then they swept it under the rug.

Joe on October 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

This poll is very interesting. the last category
Displays flag, yes, 51/36 for McCain
Displays flag, no, 63/28 for Obama

entagor on October 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM
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What an awesome SINGLE SOLITARY poll you have there.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM

PIMF.

??? Anybody care to clue me in?

philwynk on October 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Enough of what? Humiliating Rywall. Heh…never.

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

No, betting. Go right on with the humiliating of drywall.
I argued with him back on CQ.
I was really disappointed when Ed left for Hot Air and I found the commenting closed, and was overjoyed when it was opened for the campaign.

Count to 10 on October 24, 2008 at 11:29 AM

This poll is very interesting. the last category
Displays flag, yes, 51/36 for McCain
Displays flag, no, 63/28 for Obama

entagor on October 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM
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What an awesome SINGLE SOLITARY poll you have there.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM

The IBD poll correctly guessed the POTUS the last time. Study more please.

Kevin in Washington State on October 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The IBD poll correctly guessed the POTUS the last time. Study more please.

Kevin in Washington State on October 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM
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Wow.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Here’s a theory:

Biden says “He’ll need your help… he’ll need your support,” intimating that it will appear that Obama has failed some international crisis.

What I’m guessing is that he and Obama have discussed foreign policy along the “Bush/American exceptionalism/cowboy going it alone” line, and have decided that they are going to capitulate and accept the inevitable negative judgment of the UN at the first possible opportunity, showing that they are NOT exceptionalists, but good citizens of the world community.

They genuinely believe that this will initiate an era of World Peace(tm) in which all the nations of the world will acknowledge just how benign and peaceful the US has become.

That, is suspect, is why Obama will need the support of Progressives after his first international test.

Of course, the reality is that it will initiate an era of the US’ historical enemies hacking off progressively larger bits of US esteem and stature, continuing to push and push until we either become their slaves or we finally decide to push back. This is the inevitable result of such a show of weakness before aggressive enemies, but fools like Biden and Obama don’t know that.

Welcome to WW IV, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Democratic President.

philwynk on October 24, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I’ll tell you what. I think Kim Jong-Il and Fidel Castro are dead, Hugo Chavez is hanging on by a string, and so are the mullahs in Iran. All are hoping for an Obama win because they know Obama is fool enough to negotiate a soft landing for all of them…..with the right…..prodding.

Sekhmet on October 24, 2008 at 11:38 AM

pimf = “Preview is my friend”

skeeter on October 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Yeah I remember you saying this sh*t about dividing the WH and the congress when the Republicans controlled both under Bush. Yeah, you were out in the streets protesting your head off. Duh.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 10:51

AM

Actually, you must have remembered it in a drug addled haze. Philosophically, I have voted several times to insure a split. And I work for a living, no time to be protesting in the streets, only at the ballot box.

skeeter on October 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

AM

Actually, you must have remembered it in a drug addled haze. Philosophically, I have voted several times to insure a split. And I work for a living, no time to be protesting in the streets, only at the ballot box.

skeeter on October 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM
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Then you, sir, walk the walk and do not simply talk the talk.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

I like the spot and I agree wholeheartedly that BHO is under qualified at best, however I see a potential issue with the end of this ad. “It doesn’t have to happen” to me implies that McCain would thwart an international crisis or none would arise under his administration. Given historical events; this is false. IMO, they could have been for effective and precise by focusing on McCain’s preparedness to handle an international crisis when tested.

Although, one could make the argument that our enemies would think twice before testing McCain however if they do test him, that potentially leaves McCain politically vulnerable.

Ack just saying.

Claypigeon on October 24, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Then you, sir, walk the walk and do not simply talk the talk. – Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 11:51 AM

LMAO. That’s what I love about Liberals liek you, Dave. No comprehension of the word “irony.”

ManlyRash on October 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Any number of issues that are on Barry’s plate would sink a Repub. This one is a nuclear torpedo.
I just found out that Obama is not a US citizen and is hiding this fact by not submitting his birth certificate, medical records or any of his records from college. (He probably got financial aid because he wasn’t a US citizen).
A “solid Democrat” by the name of Phillip J Berg from Pennsylvania is suing Obama to release the missing records.
(The Obama camp ignores him.) Berg said this am that if he doesn’t get instruction from the court today that he is moving his lawsuit to the Supreme Court next week.
Go to: obamacrimes.com

Christine on October 24, 2008 at 12:12 PM

I got a link to an interesting article by Dick Morris who until recently assumed that only a Democrat could win this election.

Morris writes that the huge sum Obama collected does not give him a big advantage in buying media because most of the useful time slots were bought long ago.

Morris would know. It is worthwhile to visit the pragmatist as well as the idealist when the election is down to the wire

entagor on October 24, 2008 at 12:28 PM

This could be the equivalent of the 1964 Johnson Daisy ad.

scrubjay on October 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

I think the “Daisy ad” would be an ad about the government taking our 401(k)’s and putting it into Social Security.

Let’s roll!

ex-Democrat on October 24, 2008 at 12:48 PM

I just found out that Obama is not a US citizen and is hiding this fact by not submitting his birth certificate, medical records or any of his records from college. (He probably got financial aid because he wasn’t a US citizen).
A “solid Democrat” by the name of Phillip J Berg from Pennsylvania is suing Obama to release the missing records.
(The Obama camp ignores him.) Berg said this am that if he doesn’t get instruction from the court today that he is moving his lawsuit to the Supreme Court next week.
Go to: obamacrimes.com

Christine on October 24, 2008 at 12:12 PM
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Delicious koolaid

OMIGOD OBAMA SUBMITTED FORGED DOCUMENTS TO GET A PASSPORT HE WILL GO TO JAIL!

P.S. the requirement actually says

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States”

So woopdee woop.

Next.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Koolaid? You think you have the standing to accuse anyone of being a Koolaid drinker?

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

csdeven on October 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

P.S. the requirement actually says

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States”

So woopdee woop.

I think the lawsuit is bunk, simply because I’ve don’t believe the Democrats are that stupid.

But wow, you must work for MSNBC to be that good at clipping text. Try this one on for size:

Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Unless BO was born before the Constitution was ratified, that one wouldn’t apply.

Morons are bad enough, but dishonest morons irritate me.

ColdRage on October 24, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Understood….
btw McCain/Palin 50.2% & 290+

jerrytbg on October 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM
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Tell me what site it is that tells you McCain is
a) catching up
or
b) leading

Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on October 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Damn…I knew I left too soon this mornin’….
Dave….I’m a time traveler and those are the numbers for 11/05/08…
The only ones that count…readem’ and weep…lmao!!!!!

jerrytbg on October 24, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I think the lawsuit is bunk, simply because I’ve don’t believe the Democrats are that stupid.

ColdRage on October 24, 2008 at 3:44 PM

You may want to do a little more research on that cause the laws have changed over the years. Even so, there is a very good/bad chance the “o” is not eligible.
The libs are brash, aggressive, arrogant, pushy , self-confident, brazen, presumptuous, bold, forceful, impudent… but not stupid…
They think we are.

jerrytbg on October 24, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Great Ad. I also love the follow up Sarah’s been doing on the trail asking Obama and Biden to further explain to the American people the peril they predict they will be facing if we elect them.

Rheortical flourishes is a weak answer Barack….better study up some more.

BTW, IF heaven forbid, Obama does win this thing, I want to know when Biden’s Bombshelter aBodes are going to be ready for the marketplace. Hopefully Phase I will be ready for move in’s by June 30, 2009!

Gotta love Joe “DUCK!” Biden.

sheryl on October 24, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Rheortical flourishes is a weak answer Barack….better study up some more.

sheryl on October 24, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Like they say , if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance …baffle them with BS….
This was an attempt by the “o” at brilliance….I can’t wait for the BS…
Oh wait…. we get that every day. Lol! Don’t forget…he went to Harvard.

jerrytbg on October 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Dave Rywall: “John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile’s military ruler”

Dave, what is your source for that citation? Link, please.

onlineanalyst on October 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Crazy Joe going crazy.

Crazy man, crazy.

Captain America on October 24, 2008 at 9:38 PM


Any number of issues that are on Barry’s plate would sink a Repub. This one is a nuclear torpedo.
I just found out that Obama is not a US citizen and is hiding this fact by not submitting his birth certificate, medical records or any of his records from college. (He probably got financial aid because he wasn’t a US citizen).
A “solid Democrat” by the name of Phillip J Berg from Pennsylvania is suing Obama to release the missing records.
(The Obama camp ignores him.) Berg said this am that if he doesn’t get instruction from the court today that he is moving his lawsuit to the Supreme Court next week.
Go to: obamacrimes.com
Christine on October 24, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Please stop. Berg also believes 9/11 was an inside job.

kahall on October 25, 2008 at 12:32 AM

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