Friday, August 01, 2008

Who are the ad wizards that came up with that one?

McCain keeps coming out with McLamer and lamer ads but I'm kind of noticing a trend. One that plays all the time out here is seriously something like "who can we blame for high gas prices?" and then it cuts to a crowd chanting "Obama! Obama!" The first time I saw it I thought it was kind of an odd soundbite to put in the ad. It's distorted to make it sound evil and imposing and I'm wondering if it's supposed to evoke terrorists chanting "death to America" or something like that.

Anyway, his latest two ads use to the same sound so they must think it's working. First is the uber-lame Britney/Paris/Obama ad and now the laughable one that splices images of Charlton Heston as Moses with Obama claiming that he "anointed himself" and blah blah blah.

There's been a lot of talk that is meant to be a dog whistle to the fundies indicating that Obama is the anti-Christ. That would explain all of the religious language and I'm sure there are lots of references that fly right over my head since you couldn't get me near one of those Left Behind books under threat of death. I'm sure it's mere coincidence that on the same day McCain releases this ad Hal Lindsay writes a column on World Nut Daily entitled "How Obama prepped world for the Antichrist", right?

Personally, I'm not sure that reminding the sane ones among us how popular the other guy is will be McCain's best bet but I guess when you're this desperate you'll turn anywhere. There are actually signs that maybe the media is starting to see through McCain's phony "maverick" act. His entire career he's been willing to throw anything he believes in under the bus if he thinks it will get him elected to a higher office. Then his typical MO is to apologize for abandoning his principles while the media laps it all up. Sorry, but you only get to pull that move a couple of times before people begin to see through it.

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