If you’re expecting some hard-hitting advertising from Team McCain in the final few days before the election, this will disappoint. The entire ad consists of Barack Obama talking about the McCain-Lieberman bill on global warming, offering his support:
ANNCR: The truth on global warming:
BARACK OBAMA: The right approach begins with the proposal put forward by Senator Lieberman and Senator McCain. The Lieberman-McCain bill establishes limits for greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a framework that’s not only good for the environment, it’s also good for business. I want to thank Senator Lieberman, as well as Senator McCain, for the outstanding leadership that they’ve shown.
Fabulous. At a time when John McCain needs to show Obama as unready and outside the mainstream — easily done on issues like abortion and the economy — he’s spending money showing how reasonable Obama can be. I understand McCain wants to make the sale with centrists and independents, but this only makes Obama more palatable to the middle. I’m guessing that they feel this shows Obama as a follower rather than a leader, but what it shows is that Obama can reach across the aisle — exactly opposite of what McCain has argued.
McCain has four days to drive home three themes that show the stark differences between the two candidates: redistributionism, runaway Democratic policymaking, and unreadiness to assume command of American foreign and military policy. Ads like this are sheer folly.