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August 01, 2008

McCain ad experiments with this "irony" thing that the young people enjoy

The take home message is a little incongruous: Barack Obama is the confident, vital, handsome, and universally beloved candidate. Therefore, vote for John McCain.

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Wow, that ad really doesn't work, especially with the tagline, "Barack Obama may be the one, but is he ready to lead?" after showing him, you know, leading a lot of people. Sure, you can edit his comments to seem a little over the top, but there is something really startling to me about running ads in a democracy that suggest that the thing that makes a candidate undesirable is the fact that most people are really quite fond of him.

"there is something really startling to me about running ads in a democracy that suggest that the thing that makes a candidate undesirable is the fact that most people are really quite fond of him."

That only works if the country is sufficiently divided that people will assume it is THEM, and not US, who are fond of him. The friend of my enemy is my enemy. And for many, their fellow Americans (THOSE DAMN LIBERALS) are the enemy. Worth gunning down in church.

McCain's campaign depresses me sometimes. Watching him campaign against Obama is like watching him play tennis against Roger Federer.

We should add irony to the list of things right-wingers are not allowed to do, which already contains humor, music, poetry, prose, and all known visual art forms.

Nice of John McCain to pay for Obama's commercials. Was it his birthday or something?

Oh, hey - Monday really *is* Barack's birthday. So... that explains it then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_obama#Early_life_and_career

I think McCain's trying to shore up the evangelicals who are really fond of Revelations. I suspect the subtle subtext here is "Obama's the Anti-Christ". If that's the case, then I guess it's a step up above uppity black in the same way that having the price put on your head being tripled is a step up.

The quote about being a symbol, we know now, is incorrect, and out of context. But is it hubris to call oneself a symbol? No. One could take "I am a symbol" as akin to "I am the prototype," but if you're a presidential candidate, you're bound to become a symbol of all sorts of things.

Half of me is gleeful that McCain is scraping the bottom of the barrel for material, and half of me is afraid that half the voting populace couldn't tell the bottom of the barrel from the créme de la créme (to mix metaphors).

I assume that there is some group to whom that ad will be effective. As for me, it makes the major mistake not only of showing Obama's face and voice repeatedly but hiding McCain's.

I heard one theory that some of the imagery may resonate with end-times/apocalyptic Christian prophecies for evangelical Christians - to call Obama the precursor to the antiChrist. My background is lapsed Catholic and we don't pick up on that sort of stuff, but maybe someone can comment on that.

In a blind taste test, I'm not sure I could tell who produced that spot. Even the real attack bits showed a little context as when Obama talks about "the light," the man next to him chuckles as he gets the joke.

This is one time the Republicans can't have it both ways: you can't abandon irony in order to wage a coup, then decide you want it back to make a nuanced point. You can't "change your mind" after a lobotomy.

The Guardian has an article about the new McCain campaign team of squalid Rovian puspockets responsible for the fetid little ads we’ve been seeing lately.

Well if Obama is Moses I guess McCain is (like I saw elsewhere)Pharaoh, whose stubbornness brings down 7+ years of plagues and afflictions upon our nation.

"McCain is Pharaoh"

And it will take at least forty years of wandering in the God-damned wilderness to get us out of the mess the Republicans have cast us in. If we ever find our way out.

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