McCain Falls Further into Sleaze

Two things have deeply disappointed me thus far in this campaign. Obama has turned to a sort of vagueness on issues ranging from off-shore drilling to foreign policy. At a time when America is craving definitive leadership Obama’s general vagueness is disappointing. 

But nothing has disappointed me more that the McCain campaign, which promised to run a more civilized campaign releasing their latest in sleaze. Equating Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton apparently wasn’t enough. Now McCain has trolled the video reels and created a compliation of swooners. Effectively painting Obama supporters as little more than a fan club. I’m sure it will be defended as an attempt at humor. But what it really is doing is defining Obama as something “other” celebrity being supplanted for all of the other much more ugly things people have said about him. That it’s his “soft eyes” and “dreamy” qualities that make him appealing. It’s low, it’s disgusting, and quite frankly, coming from John McCain, rather shocking. I expected the independent groups to come out with ads like this. But for McCain’s own campaign to run such a sleazy and patently insulting ad is repulsive.

The question I suppose now is just how low will McCain go? How much is he willing to taint his own reputation and brand? Does he really dislike Obama so much and want the presidency this badly that he’s willing to burn down the respectable brand he’s built in over 30 years of service? I sincerely hope not. I hope John McCain can find an economic plan that doesn’t involve the words off-shore drilling. An answer to healthcare that isn’t “consumer choice.” A budget that reconciles more enormous tax cuts with the ballooning deficit. Instead he’s defining himself as the tired old man hell bent on tearing down his opponent at all costs. This ad is just another step downward.

Regrettably, you can watch it below. I’d love to get comments on this one….

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OMG! Paris Hilton (totally) For President!!

Campaign ads are generally stupid. So why not have someone stupid make one….

Paris Hilton released her own uh….campaign ad in response to the McCain campaign’s use of her image in a campaign ad. The tongue-in-cheek ad is fun. The way I see it if politicians are going to be silly enough to use celebrities in their ads then they should be ready to get made fun of….see below.

 

Death to Attack Ads

I know it is our duty to protect free political speech in this country. It is one of our most sacred rights and should never be limited. I don’t really want to take any legal action or move to ban political attack ads, but I hate them, and the tit-for-tat is in full swing and we haven’t even had conventions yet. 

McCain calls Obama the c-word (celebrity), so Obama calls him the b-word (bush). The ads run 12 times on actual TV, then in a constant loop on Youtube, in blogs, and in the back of my skull. 

I s’pose it’s just that I had higher hopes for these two candidates. McCain and Obama promised to carry out high minded campaigns based on issues. But the name calling never dies I suppose.