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August 24, 2008

McCain To Dems...Hillary Was Passed Over For VP For Telling The Truth

Just a little harmless fun to remind Democrats who the number two vote getter during the primary was.

There's a chance an ad like this could backfire. It's one of those things where I can pick on my family but if you do it, well, that's a different matter entirely. McCain has to be careful about being seen to get in the middle of the Democrats intra-party fight. It probably works since it's likely to be a one or two day thing just to grab a little attention between the Biden roll out and the start of the convention.

'Zactly [ace]: Drew mentions the reason, I think, this ad is so frickin' lame.

Sure, McCain could have made the ad a hell of a lot punchier, quoting Hillary not just knocking Obama but savaging him, and stating that he was frankly unqualified for the office while she -- and McCain! -- were qualified.

But they have to restrain themselves. I imagine there was an awful lot of discussion about the right tone to this ad. If they go too strong and too hot, they piss off the Hillary fans by appearing to be interlopers attempting to manipulate their anger for their own benefit. Sure, they are that and really can't avoid that appearance, but they can at least not push that button all that hard.

If they appear too obviously trouble-making here, they could actually push Hillary voters to Obama. Right now Hillary's oddly-devoted voters have fixed on Obama as a cause of anger; they certainly don't want to make themselves a replacement for that cause of anger.

So I guess this ad is deliberately weak and light-hitting. They'll see how it flies. If it works a bit, they'll roll out stronger stuff. If it appears to backfire, they'll stop running this sort of ad entirely, and leave Hillary's fans to stew at Obama undisturbed.

And I'm not sure how to exploit this... but if you've talked to Hillary supporters, you know that they're the world's most recent and most enthusiastic converts to the Anti-Media Bias Party. It's almost funny how life-long Democrats are now sputtering angrily about media bias, the way we've been fuming for most of our lives. They know damn well the media propped up Obama while working to take down their girl.

That might be McCain's angle here in stating that Hillary lost because "she told the truth." That could resonate with some Hillary voters, who saw the media covering for Obama and counterattacking Hillary whenever Hillary raised fair criticisms of The (Media) Chosen One.


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