Saturday, July 26, 2008

McCain Hammers Obama with New Ad Buy

John McCain's taking advantage of Barack Obama's recent military missteps with a new campaign spot that notes:
Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan. He hadn't been to Iraq in years. He voted against funding our troops. And now, he made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops...
Watch the "Troops":

Allahpundit and Mike Allen at the Politico have the analysis (here and here).

Allen notes that the Obama campaign hit back, saying McCain "is an honorable man who is running an increasingly dishonorable campaign."

Maybe that reaction will play with the press corps, but the McCain camp's smart to take advantage of the gaping liabilities opening up from Obama's European tour.

The trouble is not just Obama's scrubbed Landstuhl visit, but his overall presumptuousness as some president-in-waiting; moreover, the Berlin address was so hopelessly radical in its "one-worldism" that former Ambassador John Bolton called it "nearly incoherent" in its complete divorce from Cold War history and the realities of international power politics.

It was, for Karl at Protein Wisdom, "The Vacuity of Hope."

See also, Jamie Kirchick, "On Iraq, Now is When Judgment Matters."


UPDATE: The nihilist left contingents aren't too happy about McCain's new ad:

The stink of desperation is permeating the McCain campaign. Obviously fearful and jealous of the positive reception that Obama received in the allied countries, he's releasing an ad criticizing Obama for failing to visit the wounded troops in Germany after the Pentagon threw an 11th hour restriction on the visit.

Keep these ads coming - the Democrats'll be twisting throughout the summer and fall.

Plus, in London today, Obama's caught on a hot mic saying, "if" he's successful, he's going to be needing "big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking."

Well, at least the presidential transition's already underway.