Things younger than Republican Presidential candidate (oh, and did I forget to mention war hero?) John McCain

Am I being “age-ist”? Maybe. But maybe not. The world is a pretty complicated place right now and I’m thinking that it’s not such a great time to elect our oldest President ever. So sue me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Latest negative McCain ad (now he just seems scared).

So pathetic. As if McCain wouldn’t spend a little more time in a Vietnamese prison camp in exchange for a FRACTION of the crowds and attention that Obama is deservedly getting.

But a question: am I wrong for posting these ads? In an attempt to point out how desperate he is and the negative tone his campaign has, am I giving him too much free press and making these spots rank too high in search engines?

(By the way, I love how the ad features Paris Hilton.)

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  1. brittney spears?

    Comment by pansypoo — July 30, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  2. Dude, if that’s all they have to attack him on, that’s pretty sad. That was almost a positive ad for Obama. Keep it up, team McCain!

    Comment by Megan — July 30, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  3. The right-wing multimedia machine is still weighty enough that I don’t think you have to worry about search results or giving him free press. As I see it, reposting this stuff while pointing out the many flaws in it can only help.

    Comment by Rob T Firefly — July 30, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  4. I don’t think the “free publicity” angle is something to worry about. My only problem with you posting all these ads and interview clips is an aesthetic one: namely, that each one you post takes you farther away from the theme of “things that are younger than McCain.”

    Comment by Troy — July 30, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  5. IMHO it’s not the rank, it’s the context. Sharing these bits in this context means the ranking includes both those who don’t question the message and those who do question the message.

    The best antidote for fear and smear is to get it out in the open!

    Comment by Dork — July 30, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  6. 4,

    a fair point… and it’s something i wrestle with a lot. a number of the videos can, i think, be traced back to having to do with mccains age but the truth is that a lot of them make me so crazy that i have difficulty *not* posting and ranting about them.

    Comment by admin — July 30, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  7. Ask any advertising agent and they will tell you that repetition is the key to mental conditioning. Therefore, even though your readers are obviously smarter than the average, there is still a danger of internal absorption of material. So, if you want to be maximally effective, show us positive Obama ads instead.

    Comment by Donna — July 30, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  8. I soooo saw that on msnbc today at work! almost died laughing.

    Comment by Casey M — July 30, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  9. keep doing what you’re doing dude – it’s a good laugh, and it’s stuff i don’t get to see here in good ole Northern Ireland!

    Comment by thehorseltd — July 30, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  10. Comparing him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? I don’t see the similarity. As far as I know, Obama wears underwear.

    Comment by Aqquila — July 30, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  11. I like that ad coupled with this graphic that came from the Washington Post:

    Comment by rack88 — July 30, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  12. Have you ever noticed that John McCain and Homer Simpson’s boss, Mr. Dithers are never in the same room together?

    Hey, I’m just asking, you know?

    Comment by Marc S. — July 30, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  13. Who are the McCain campaign going after in these ads? Seriously. I can’t see how this is effective to anyone but his hardcore base. And he already has them in his camp so this is a waste of money. First off, I’m supposed to be so stupid as to equate Obama with Brittany Spears or Paris Hilton? Second, so Obama’s popularity and his warm reception around the world is a bad thing? This is going to harm me and America how?

    Comment by NIck — July 30, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  14. This really does come close to being a positive ad for Obama, lol.

    Comment by Caitlin — July 30, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

  15. Question is…does McCain and his followers actually know who Brittany and Paris are? They are definately younger than he is…lol

    Comment by Shinchan — July 30, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  16. @13 Have you forgotten that the American people (thanks to repetitive, childish, “desperate” ads similar to this) elected Dubya Gump and The Dick — twice?

    They know what they’re doing. Obama’s response team needs to be very smart and very fast, because Karl Rove is that good.

    Comment by Via — July 30, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

  17. Britney Spears? Paris Hilton? There are more than 90 days left until the election and that’s all that McCain has left?

    Who knows? Maybe that ad will bring out those “darn kids” McCain has trouble connecting with (to vote for Obama, of course)

    Comment by allie0720 — July 30, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

  18. mcinsain is calling obama all fluff.

    Comment by pansypoo — July 31, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  19. I’m in Georgia at the moment, and all I’ve seen on the TV are these happy, smiling, positive commercials…

    … for Obama.

    If this is the McCain campaign’s idea of a negative ad, they are so FUCKED right now it’s unbelievable.

    Comment by Rachel Keslensky — July 31, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  20. I’d wonder about how effective this ad would be for the McCain campaign. They seem to be employing the tactic of referring to Obama’s supporters as “fans” in an attempt to brush him off as a fad, but messages that talk up his popularity and how everybody loves him can’t really be a good thing. Group think plays a huge part in the election, and any psychologist/marketer can tell you that knowing that other people like something is a huge factor in convincing people to like that thing themselves. The McCain camp are treading on dangerous (and desperate, as you rightly pointed out) waters!

    Comment by Peter T — July 31, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  21. The Daily Show had a bit yesterday about how the Hilton’s donated big to the McCain campaign only to have the campaign slam Paris. Boo-ya.

    Comment by cynmac — August 1, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  22. Why don’t you just blow Obama while you’re at it? It seems like you and most of your readers would jump at the chance.

    Comment by Lolocaust — August 3, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

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