Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Special Kind of Stupid Part II

McCain is out with a new ad blasting Obama for his cancelled visit to wounded troops in Germany. Notwithstanding how disingenuous the attack from McCain is, the ad attacks Obama for not visiting the troops, while showing footage of Obama visiting the troops. Take a look:

What a doof. Obviously there wasn’t any footage of Obama at the gym working out, so they decided to use footage from him shooting hoops with the troops in Kuwait instead. Footage from the Department of Defense. Politico has noticed this little flub as well.


July 26, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Media Strategy | , , ,


  1. I’m not happy at all with the Obama campaign media response. Too goddamn wordy, is what it is.

    Comment by slinkerwink | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. They seem very reluctant to counterattack in harsh terms. Doesn’t seem to be in their nature.

    Comment by turneresq | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. They need to get more comfortable with it. If McCain is this nasty in July, I can only imagine how nasty he’ll be in October.

    We can’t have Kerry part II when it comes to fighting smears.

    Comment by smashartist | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. According to Politico the ad buy in Denver was to run during SNL. How can the McCain camp think this is their target audience? I bet they are counting on MSM to carry their dirty water on this for free.

    Comment by Small d dem | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  5. Rebutting specious claims is inherently “wordy”, that’s why attacks like these are so successful.

    Comment by Kurt | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  6. Small D- That’s exactly what they are hoping. The ad really won’t run anywhere important. The goal of making the ad was to get it covered by all of the news shows to get their line of attack free media.

    It’s worked pretty well so far.

    Comment by smashartist | July 27, 2008 | Reply

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