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RNC Slimes a DNC Anti-McCain Ad

Posted by: David Kiley on May 1, 2008

There are few things funnier these days than the Republican National Committee complaining about the Democratic National Committee over ads, and vice versa.

This is bloodsport, and the two political committees invented the rules.

This DNC ad, the second in a series, attempts to paint McCain as out of touch and in the clouds when it comes to Iraq and the economy.

With Clinton doing her best to do McCain’s work for him against Obama, it is only wise for the DNC to spend some money against McCain now.

And there is nothing wrong or factually off-base about this ad. Pundits who say the Dems have mis-used McCain’s idea of staying in Iraq for a 100 years, are wrong. Yes, he was comparing a troop occupation to that of Germany and South Korea, but Germany was a defeated enemy that surrendered. U.S. troops are not fighting the Iraq army so far as I know.

The RNC thinks this ad is unfair, and wants it pulled.

This isn’t even the most damning image of McCain with Bush. prefers the image of McCain in the full body hug with Bush. We’ll be seeing a lot of that between here and November,

Reader Comments


May 3, 2008 1:32 AM

The ad says nothing about being in Iraq during combat. The point of the ad is entirely legitimate. Consider the following about McCain's statement:

1-he is comfortable being in Iraq long term during peace
2-he thinks it is possible for US to station troops in Iraq peacefully
3-he is hurting US interests in the Middle East by saying this.

Regarding 1, the American public does not want to be in Iraq peacefully or not. This is fair and important for people to know that it would be "fine" with McCain. Regarding 2, how incrediby naive to think that long term presence without violence is at all possible. The ad shows that he does not appreciate the nature of Iraq. It also shows that the self-proclaiming foreign-policy guru knows nothing about Middle East history, and in particular post WW1 Iraq and the anarchy, insurgency, violence, and insurrection that British presence provoked and could not quell. The Iraqis would never tolerate long term infidel/crusader presence in their country.

Regarding 3, consider the harm that McCain's stupid thoughts could cause for US soldiers in Iraq today. Many Iraqis already believe the worst of our presence, that we are there for oil and we are crusaders etc. A statement like McCain's from a would-be president is fans the flames of insurgency in Iraq.

McCain's statement was assinine, and he has not backed down from it. He has only complained about the "context". Boo frickin hoo!


May 3, 2008 2:03 AM

The next ad will show McCain saying, "they're lying when they say iIsaid we could be in Iraq for 100 years". Then they'll replay the tape of him saying it. Can't win my friend.

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