This is the guy who began the sliming of Barack Obama’s planned visit to Landstuhl, the military hospital in Germany, and helped the McCain campaign get their political ad out–this is downright coordination between the Pentagon and the McCain presidential campaign. For more information on this explosive story, please continue to read below:
Clever new TV spot from MoveOn.org which I thought was worth sharing, as part of their kick-off to the youth-mobilization effort:
Ambinder reports that it will be run on MTV and Comedy Central at a cost of $150,000. Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a serious concerted effort to mobilize the younger voters, who turned out in the primaries, but need to be out in the general election in a big way…in the meantime, enjoy “Hope.”
In this morning’s Washington Post, McCain’s recent campaign tactics are called out by Republican strategists as being churlish and pathetic. Even Ben Stein called out John McCain on his reprehensible tactics. The key quotes are below:
McCain’s comments came days after he said in New Hampshire, “It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.” They appear to reflect the campaign’s belief that it can make inroads with voters by keeping the focus on foreign policy issues after Obama’s return from a week-long trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Western Europe. The moves puzzled some GOP strategists, who said McCain would be better off touting a more positive message, and the senator from Arizona drew a strong rebuke from a longtime ally, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who traveled with Obama last week to Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a congressional delegation.
One GOP strategist with close ties to McCain’s campaign said the new line of attack reflected the operation’s “schizophrenic” nature. He said that tendency was also on display last week, as McCain spoke at length about media coverage of Obama rather than sticking with his plan to focus on the economy.
“They couldn’t help themselves,” the strategist said, adding that the ad over the hospital visit is “churlish and unlike McCain, and hardly will resonate with the swing voters who are going to decide this election.” The strategist continued: “They’re doing it because the candidate, and the campaign, is not happy with where they are and they’re lashing out.”
And here’s what Ben Stein said: