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A Knockout Blow?

For months I’ve been hearing the recurrent complaint about Obama’s campaign: he’s too soft, he’s too elitist, he’s like Kerry, he doesn’t fight back.

But I remember hearing the same thing six months ago, and I was waiting, trusting, hoping that the campaign was keeping its powder dry, its eye on the ball, its horns sharp, and not mixing its metaphors like I just have. I’ve been waiting and my hope has been vindicated

Is this ad not just the dog’s bollocks, the bee’s knees, the moose’s mastoids, in fact any appendage of any creature you can think of?

It’s a devastating blow against McCain’s claim to be a maverick, reformer, and outside the system.  Coming after a slew of gaffes from the McCain camp, it has the crunchy knuckle on cartilage sound of a knock out blow. As other diarist have pointed out, Obama could never seem to respond out of anger or he would be painted as that talisman of white fear, the angry black man.

But the campaign waited. It saw McCain fly off his best shots, that grazed a brow or two and knocked the polls down a tad. But then McCain walked into negative territory. Some dirty low blows, a warning from the referee. McCain flailed around looking tired, disorientated, and having lost his cool.

And this crunch comes. Watch it again.

Here’s a transcript for those without broadband.

John McCain admits Washington is broken

And he is the one who broke it
(Shows picture of McCain and Rove sitting together on a couch laughing)

McCain: “On the most important issues of the day I have been in total agreement with George Bush”

He has been a Washington Insider for decades, working for big corporations

John McCain: “There have been times when I have probably been influenced,… the big donors buy access to my office… you know that access is influence”

With a Presidential campaign run by corporate lobbyists

Journalist: Your campaign is run by two of the biggest lobbyist in Washington…

John McCain: “Lobbyist are good people”

And on top of it all, who can you thank for 8 years of George Bush?

John McCain
: “I campaigned everywhere in America for him. I campaigned with him. I did everything I could to get him elected, and re-elected President.”

Thank John McCain

In times like these can you really afford more insider politics?

Can your family really trust John McCain?


  1. This could be very effective with some voters. I didn’t have a landline in MS. That’s changed now that I’m back in Michigan. I got a robo-call yesterday accusing McCain of wanting to wreck Social Security through privatization. I actually thought it was somewhat unfair and went too far. It was not from the Obama campaign. I didn’t make a note of who took credit for it.  

  2. GrassrootsOrganizer

    from Wikipedia —

    McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981,[10] and McCain was the closest socially to Keating of the five senators.[21] Like DeConcini, McCain considered Keating a constituent as he lived in Arizona.[18] Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates.[22] In addition, McCain’s wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard Keating’s jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain did not pay Keating (in the amount of $13,433) for some of the trips until years after they were taken, when he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln.[6][23]

    Not everyone was satisfied with the Senate Ethics Committee conclusions. Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause, which had initially demanded the investigation, thought the treatment of the senators far too lenient, and said, “The U.S. Senate remains on the auction block to the Charles Keatings of the world.”[33] Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, called it a “whitewash”.[33] Jonathan Alter of Newsweek said it was a classic case of the government trying to investigate itself, labelling the Senate Ethics Committee “shameless” for having “let four of the infamous Keating Five off with a wrist tap.”[34] Margaret Carlson of Time suspected the committee had timed its first report to coincide with the run-up to the Gulf War, minimizing its news impact.[33] One of the San Francisco bank regulators felt that McCain had gotten off too lightly, saying that Keating’s business involvement with Cindy McCain was an obvious conflict of interest.[35]

    The savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s (commonly referred to as the S&L crisis) was the failure of 747 savings and loan associations (S&Ls) in the United States. The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around USD$160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. government-that is, the U.S. taxpayer, either directly or through charges on their savings and loan accounts[1]-which contributed to the large budget deficits of the early 1990s.

    The concomitant slowdown in the finance industry and the real estate market may have been a contributing cause of the 1990-1991 economic recession. Between 1986 and 1991, the number of new homes constructed per year dropped from 1.8 million to 1 million, the lowest rate since World War II. [2]

    The Lincoln Savings led to the Keating Five political scandal, in which five U.S. senators were implicated in an influence-peddling scheme. It was named for Charles Keating, who headed Lincoln Savings and made $300,000 as political contributions to them in the 1980s. Three of those senators – Alan Cranston (D-CA), Don Riegle (D-MI), and Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) – found their political careers cut short as a result. Two others – John Glenn (D-OH) and John McCain (R-AZ) – were rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee for exercising “poor judgment” for intervening with the federal regulators on behalf of Keating.[9]

  3. sricki

    There was another good one I saw recently by a 527, which was only running on CNN (I don’t get MSNBC anymore because Comcast is run by GOP pigs). Done by a vet who praised McCain’s service and then went into the reasons it didn’t qualify him to be CiC. Then I think there were some quotes about him being reckless, irrational, etc. Excellent ad, and I was very excited to see it. I think they could only fund it for a few days though.  

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