the rampant audacity of the mccain campaign

by Michael O. Allen on July 21, 2008

This is rich.

John McCain released a new political advertisement that fingers the person responsible for the runaway energy costs in this country.

No, it is not greedy oil cartels, the Exxon-Mobils of this world. And you would be dangerously mistaken if you somehow blame the Saudis and other oil-producing nations of OPEC. Don’t even think of looking in the direction of Wall Streeters and other commodity traders manipulating and speculating on the price of crude oil.

Energy hungry developing nations like China and their industrialized kins in Western Europe don’t have anything to do with the runaway price of oil either.

World automakers who absolutely refuse to make energy-efficient vehicles and American consumers who have raised consumption to a new art form and who car-makers fear won’t buy their green cars are not accountable either.

No, none of the above.

After eight years of mendacious Republican misrule, including at least one war fraudulently sold to the American people as a way to lower the cost of energy, it is clear who is making the price of gas go up. In the words of the McCain campaign, it is:

“Obama! Obama! Obama!”

The ad is astonishing in both its simplicity and the degree to which it assumes Americans are truly stupid. I don’t know if this is saying, that no one has ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American voters. This ad and much of the McCain campaign will put that idea to severe test.

The “Pump” ad:

The ad begins with a lone gas pump in a mirage-hear-haze like, what, desert? I can’t tell.

Then a woman speaks:

“Gas prices – $4, $5, no end in sight, because some in Washington are still saying no to drilling in America.

“No to independence from foreign oil.

“Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?”

Cue to the ubiquitous “Obama! Obama! Obama” chants that we’ve hear too often in this campaign.

A silence is then followed by an announcer:

“One man knows we must now drill more in America and rescue our family budgets.

“Don’t hope for more energy, vote for it. McCain.”

Then the purveyor of this nonsense speaks:

“I’m John McCain and I approve this message.”

This is the kind of advertisement I would expect one of those crooked 527 groups to run. At least in those ads, you know not to expect accountability and the campaign can attempt to deny responsibility for it. That John McCain would stoop so low this early in the campaign tells you he’s either desperate, or he does not expect the dreaded MSM to call him on its sheer stupidity.

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Martin C. Schilde July 21, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Jesus Christ!

This is worse actually than the cover of the New Yorker, this is basically the most benal, lowest attack ad I’ve ever seen, it is so baseless, can you imagine, a senator from Chicago, a black man, responsible for the price of a barrel of oil, and that oil was first of all, stolen, and de-nationalized, from the hands of the people whom live near or on those pockets of fossil-fuels.

Then there is a nobility that replaces a democratic functionary role of the people, like we see in Kuwait, and all over the middle east, as long as they don’t get out of line, with our demands, and remain the functionaries of the West, then they can continue their murderous tyrannical regeimes, and this is all around the world, it’s just natural of course, to wonder, are the American people this dumb?

This is giving them the credit of having the brain or at least intuition of a lab rat, or at least the mobility of thus, furthermore I don’t really think that there is anything lacking in McCain’s propaganda credentials, it’s not only to par with Goebbels, but it makes it look like someone’s elementary school child selling lemonade on a dust bitten suburb sidewalk.

This is truly frightening, and we should all pretty much panic at this point, I myself have lent my personal information to the Obama campaign website, and am awaiting reply.

But what else can I do?

I don’t have a lot of hope otherwise, you get involved or you watch it, just explode.


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