Saturday, September 13, 2008

Obama's "Lipstick On A Pig" and "E-Mail" Campaign Themes Aren't Working

Obama appears to be running his campaign the way Democrats run government: with lots of wasteful spending. Particularly on his campaign ads. The latest is the ad (discussed by Bridget below) which makes as its centerpiece argument that McCain is not qualified to be president because he cannot type an email.

Even the mainstream media is now acknowledging that Obama went way over the line with this one. For example, the LA Times reports today:

Like many of his generation, McCain does not like to talk details a lot about his wartime experiences, certainly not about any lingering physical symptoms. To be honest, it could sound like complaining and, as he's ruefully noted, unlike many others, McCain did come home.

The former pilot does joke sometimes about flying his plane into a telephone-pole-sized North Vietnamese missile.


Last week in his speech to the Republican National Convention, McCain opened up more than usual, mentioning his two broken arms and broken leg from ejecting over Hanoi, and his 66 months of imprisonment and torture, calling it simply working him over.

But something he did not go into in that speech were....

...some of the lingering results of his poor medical treatment and brutal beatings.

Here's a passage from a lengthy Boston Globe profile on McCain that was published the last time he ran for president. It was headlined "McCain character loyal to a fault." It was written by Mary Leonard.

And it was printed more than eight years ago, on March 4, 2000.

It is available online, where Jonah Goldberg of The Corner blog at the National Review found it.

"McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan -- Ted Williams is his hero -- but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball."


Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer denied the freshman Illinois senator's ad was making an issue of McCain's age. "It's extraordinary," he said, "that someone who wants to be our president and commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."

Obama needs to fire Dan Pfeiffer today and pull the "e-mail" ad immediately. "Lipstick on a pig" and "e-mails" -- what "winning" message will the Obama campaign waste their money on next?

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