Friday, July 18, 2008

Just runnin' scared each place we go

As the McCain campaign deconstructs into flip-flopping, hypocrisy, and general hackery, a truly horrible video (above) has been presented on the McCain web site, criticizing Barack Obama.

In the opening sequence, these letters appear on the screen, below Obama's picture:

Not clear enough? Al Qaeda Documentary? Or Al Qaeda Commentary?

It quickly morphs into The Obama Iraq Documentary. Nice.

There is speculation in the blogosphere that Alex Castellanos is behind this video. Who? This guy:
The Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos has been called the father of the modern political attack ad — an appellation he might not offer up himself, though we suspect he’s kinda proud of it. Although Castellanos has served on the GOP media team in every general election since 1988, his most infamous spot ran in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race between Jesse Helms and Harvey Gantt, the former mayor of Charlotte, who also happened to be an African-American. The commercial was called “Hands,” and it showed a white guy sitting at a table, the camera trained on his mitts as he crumpled up a job-rejection notice. “You needed that job and you were the best qualified,” intoned the voice-over. “But they gave it to a minority because of a racial quota.” Ugly? Sure. But it won reelection for Helms. In this year’s Republican race, Castellanos worked on Mitt Romney’s primary bid, but today he sits on what’s known as the McCain Ad Council, a group of A-list Republican admen serving as outside media advisers to the GOP standard-bearer.

McCain is an empty suit, trying to appeal to the hawks, Religious Right, and Big Government Republicans that have taken over the party of Dwight Eisenhower. McCain may have had ideals, ethics, morals at some point, but he threw them into the trash to appeal to the party's base.

This is all he has left: Obama = Al Qaeda. As a defense against Bush = McCain advertising, it ain't working so well.


(h/t julian from