Wednesday, July 30, 2008

McLame Running the Campaign He Said He Wouldn't

Mr. Honorable Respectable Serious Public Servant We All Respect, John McLame McSame McCain has over the past week or so turned into a childish name-caller. Is this part of some attempt to look younger? By constantly launching misleading and outright false criticism thru what he says and his campaign advertisements, McCain is proving that he is just not, well, Presidential. Unless we're still cool with "Presidential" meaning like George W. Bush.

Of course there's been his line about Barack Obama caring more about winning the election than the war. There was that completely false ad that claimed Obama canceled his visit to injured troops because the Pentagon wouldn't allow cameras.

And now he's stooped to the lowest in a new low:

"He's the biggest celebrity in the world. But is he ready to lead? With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling and says he'll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil -- that's the real Obama," says the new ad that also shows crowds screaming "Obama!"

Top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said it was accurate to compare Obama to the two celebrities who, as one reporter said on the call, are of ten portrayed as "frivolous and irresponsible."

"I don't poll Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, but I know they're international celebrities, so apples to apples," he said.

That's just flat-out disrespectful and inappropriate. I realize that Barack Obama hasn't been sitting around in the Senate isolated from the real world for the last 25 years, but I think he's done enough to at least deserve some basic respect and not be compared to two young untalented starlets famous for being tabloid train wrecks. That's simply not fair and way out of bounds. Especially when Obama and his surrogates cant even utter the words "John McCain" without first setting it up with the required "I have a lot of respect for his service to our country and he's a true patriot who should be honored by all of us, but..."

Let's talk policy. Why doesn't McCain talk about how/why his administration and leadership of this country would differ from Obamas? Yes, Barack Obama is treated like celebrity by the media and the people in this country and all over the world. Get over it. Stand up and tell us while you'll be the better President instead of taking immature cheap shots like this. It's disgusting, especially coming from the guy who promised the respectful campaign that we need and deserve.

Responding to the ad, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Sen. McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again.' "


Apparently Barack Obama agrees with me:

"You know, I don't pay attention to John McCain's ads, although I do notice he doesn't seem to have anything to say very positive about himself," Obama said, according to NBC's First Read blog. "He seems to only be talking about me ... You need to ask John McCain what he's for and not just what he's against."

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