I think that this is one of Obama’s best ads of the general election campaign.
Why is John McCain getting so desperate? From Electoral-vote.com:
Conmpare this to October 26, 2004:
I have to say that I am actually beginning to feel sorry for Senator McCain. He is running a nasty campaign of which he cannot be proud, Republicans have begun to flock to Obama, others are calling on the RNC to give up and fund GOP Senate races, and his own running mate has started going her own way.
To be sure, McCain dug his own hole. After standing up to the right wing in 2000, he sold his soul in 2008 to get the nomination. Rather than running an honorable campaign from the center, he chose a right-wing running mate to excite the base. Now that his policies have alienated the independents that used to admire him, the independents that he needs for victory, he is trying to drive up turnout among the GOP base and frighten off undecided voters with a campaign of fear.
But this isn’t the John McCain that I respected for standing up the “agents of intolerance” in 2000. This isn’t the John McCain who opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 because they disproportionately benefitted the wealthy. This isn’t the John McCain that bucked popular opinion and supported the surge. And this isn’t the John McCain who stood up to the nativists in his own party to work on a bipartisan immigration bill. He has become a tragic shell of that man. And that is the tragedy of his candidacy.
I only hope that the John McCain we used to respect will see that his campaign is poisoning our politics in the way the Republicans did in 2002 and 2004, assaulting the patriotism of the Democratic candidates and raising the specter of gay marriage to excite the GOP base. As someone who genuinely used to respect Senator McCain, I hope that his “come to Jesus” moment comes in time to prevent this campaign from becoming his legacy.