R. Justin Shepherd | PART-TIME PUNDIT


A potential game-changer
21.August.2008, 10.37 am
Filed under: politics | Tags: ,

What is seven?”

That’s the answer to an as-yet unwritten “Jeopardy!” question, “How many homes did presidential candidate John McCain forget that he had during the 2008 election?”

Of course, you may not have heard this yet… it just came out a few hours ago. But in the digital age, a major part of any campaign’s gameplan is the blitz, and Team Obama just coached its team into a major 10-yard-loss sack with this hurried but potent ad:

In my humble opinion, this is the best ad of the cycle from either candidate. It’s clear and concise, and draws attention to a variety of possible cons of a President McCain: His wealth, his inexperience in economics, his out-of-touchness with the working class, even his age (“he couldn’t remember”!).

If I was Team Obama, I’d run this ad from now until the election, during NASCAR races and “The Price is Right” and “700 Club” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” reruns. We’ll tolerate rich people, as long as they’re trying to make us rich, too. But the ad implies that McCain doesn’t KNOW us — so how in the world can he help us?

UPDATE: Halperin reports on Team McCain’s “nuclear” response:

“Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?”

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