Thursday, October 09, 2008

New McCain Ad Questions Obama's Judgment and Lack of Transparency

As the 2008 presidential campaign hurtles into its final days, John McCain confronts a choice: He can either start telling the public about the real Barack Obama, or he can lose. - Carol Platt Liebau

The other day, Hugh Hewitt described Rush describing how Republicans, after Tuesday's lackluster snoozefest of a debate, just might have to drag "old man" McCain over the finish line, for him. He just seems unwilling to abandon the Queensbury rules, even when Obama's been "the One" who's long had the gloves off.

VP hatchetwoman Sarah Palin infuriated the Obama camp, while simultaneously excited the McCain supporters, who thought, "Finally!".

And now this ad:

But will it turn off Americans in the center, who are sick of the negative campaigning and "smears"? Or, will it raise awareness regarding Obama's unwillingness to be straight-up with the American public, not with "guilt by association", but with "guilt by alliance"? His judgment?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on you guys, don’t have a defeatist attitude the race is still too close to call and could very well come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Hussain Obama, or not.. A national pollster predicts he is only ahead by 5 points and thats nothing. . Obama has not closed the deal yet

Thursday, October 09, 2008 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

"For a man who has two published autobiographies, we certainly don't know much about him." - John McCain.

And yes, Eric is correct: first, the polls are skewed ALL over the place and NOTHING is YET a "walk away" by Obama though, by every account and with the MASSIVE push by the hugely biased media, Obama should have shut down McCain months ago.


Thursday, October 09, 2008 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Go nuclear. McCain has to overcome Obama hiding behind the MSM. He'll either win or lose big, but he'll go down fighting.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 2:17:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

No defeatism here. Just an acknowledgement of a tough fight. We either do our best to win, or we don't. With or without McCain's help.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

McCain's a fighter and definately Palin takes no prisoners. I saw the young black man today at the Wisconsin rally who begged, his word not mine, McCain to 'bring it' to Obama. I cheered him.

Independents and those in the middle are starting to see Obama can win and are starting to realize they know nothing of him. They know the chants and slogans but what else? Middle American thinks character matters, though sometimes they forget. They have to be reminded.

Telling facts and backing them up isn't smearing someone. It's their history. There is plenty there to use, there is no need to make stuff up to be ugly.

I could go on but I'll Stop. Don't give up. Keep fighting. The polls are unreliable this time around and they are all over the place. We won't really know until Election night or the next day.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:39:00 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

With regard to troop support, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America have released their detailed 2008 Congressional Report Card: Find out who in Washington really supports our troops and veterans.

Check it out to see how well your Congress members and presidential candidate did. Mine did really well. Their report cards ranged from B-A+.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

I'm with Chuck. Yes, it turns people off, and if McCain would only just SAY THE WORDS "TEll us, Obama..why have you been hanging with Ayers, didn't you study Alinsky? etc etc" without SMIRKING afterwards, maybe it wouldn't turn them off as much as it's turning ME off. Imagine how it effects a lib or centrist? I cringe.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Already discussed and defended:

Here (in particular, comments #38 and #39)


Here (check comments #22 and #24)

Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

OK..I'll check these out. Thanks Wordsmith.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you hear it yet? Louis Farrakhan has Declared Obama
as the Messiah.
So with this and with Wright his mentor. How can he go wrong?

Friday, October 10, 2008 5:42:00 AM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

McCain's problem from the beginning. How do you keep a conservative base and win independants? Lie to one or the other, I guess....

Friday, October 10, 2008 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

What did McCain lie about?

conservative, saw it.


Update at BlackFive.

Friday, October 10, 2008 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

"He can either start telling the public about the real Barack Obama, or he can lose:

Nothing that has previously been said encapsulates the situation better than this line.

As I said to Dan, the resident Liberal moonbat at my place, "Am I saying Obama is guilty by association? You bet your sweet ass I am."

Friday, October 10, 2008 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I believe the majority of Americans don't know, and probably never heard of William Ayers. But I also believe that will change. The MSM is beginning to address the issue. Yesterday on NBC's Today Show, Meridith Vierra interviewed a woaman who related all the facts concerning Obama and his association with Syers.

Incredibly, Ms Vierra seemed to be taken by surprise, as if she had never heard of Ayers.

IMHO, if she never heard of Ayers, how can she consider herself a serious journalist?

I never liked her, anyway. She smiles too damn much. It's creepy.

Friday, October 10, 2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Sorry if I implied that McCain was lying about anything. Just pondering how he could attract and keep two rather disparate groups..

Friday, October 10, 2008 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Friday, October 10, 2008 2:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that McCain had no choice regarding this add. He had to get to the truth and take his chances. I really don't think many will take offense to the add. It doesn't come across as a "low blow" to me. He is just telling it like it is. Of course, what the democrats will think, I'm certain will differ!

Friday, October 10, 2008 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

McCain has never minded 'knocking' his conservative base because he thought we would 'stand by our man'--mistake--many of us were going to vote for the issues but not the L-O-T-E (lesser of two evils)---luckily someone had words w/ him (my guess) and we now have Sarah Palin....
RE: the center=lukewarm = = = useless--

wordsmith-thank you for the various links ....


Friday, October 10, 2008 4:54:00 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Wordsmith, I read through the links you provided. Lots of thoughtful commentary there. It is always good to get both sides of a story.

I have supported IAVA/OpTruth from the beginning. The things that Rieckhoff has said regarding troop needs while in theater were the exact same things my son was telling me at the time. IAVA has done a lot of good in pushing troop and veteran issues. The positive outweighs the negative in my book and I am deeply grateful to them for tirelessly keeping those important issues before Congress and the nation.

Friday, October 10, 2008 7:35:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for actually bothering to research, objectively.

This may come as a shock, but as much as the other side drives me crazy, I believe opposition parties and organizations are necessary. They ask the tough questions and keeps the other side on its toes. If such things as Walter Reed conditions and veterans care didn't turn into hot button political issues, they'd be worse off today.

Friday, October 10, 2008 9:34:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

McCain confuses me. He puts out that ad about Ayers then tells people during a rally that Obama is a decent man. Since when do decent men hang around with known terrorists? I think McCain needs to get a lot tougher on Obama or he's going to lose. It's as simple as that.

Saturday, October 11, 2008 6:57:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Like I said, we're going to have to drag him across the finish line.

I think McCain is conflicted; and I actually empathize.

He wants and needs to be tough; but he also wants to be respectful (as do I).

I think a lot of campaigns have gone down in flames by being negative and not have a positive message.

The good thing is, the media is forced to talk about it, which might force those curious enough to look into it; but I suspect a great many Americans, especially those in independents in the center and moderates left and right, will have a knee-jerk reaction, and be "turned off" by what appears to be negative smear attacks.

Especially this late in the campaign, it looks like a tact of desparation more than anything else. Even though McCain is probably only devoting a third of his stump speech to attacks on Obama, the media will cease upon the sensationalism of the attacks, and have his Democratic critics scream, "He's not talking about the issues! He's not talking about the issues!"

I think MataHarley at Flopping Aces has written some of the best stuff on why Ayers matters, and it's not so much as his terrorist past as it is his work with Obama at CAC, and how it ties in with ACORN and today's economic crisis.

Saturday, October 11, 2008 8:34:00 AM  

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