Imagine McCain approaching his current campaign advisers, two acolytes of Karl Rove (George Bush’s campaign strategist in 2000 and 2004): “Hey, remember when Rove used my daughter’s heritage to race-bait South Carolina voters to vote for Bush? Yeah, give me some of that.”
A little piece of history from the 2000 election when McCain was running against Bush in the primaries:
Bush’s campaign strategists, including Karl Rove, devised a push poll against John McCain. South Carolina voters were asked “Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?”. They had no interest in the actual percentages in the poll, the goal was to suggest that [McCain had a black child]. This was particularly vicious since McCain was campaining with his adopted [dark skinned] Bangladeshi daughter.
I ignored Rove’s dishonest tactics back in 2004 because I thought people could see them for what they were. They couldn’t. John Kerry didn’t fight back fast enough or hard enough.
The media was asleep back then, too. It seems they are a little more aware this time around. Thanks to MSNBC correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, McCain’s campaign gets called out for spreading the lie that Obama refused to visit sick troops because he couldn’t take cameras with him (video below). She was there. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) who also traveled with Obama to the Middle East agreed with her.
And Barack Obama has a Clinton-like (that would be Bill Clinton) ability to fight smear. This inspirational ad answering McCain’s recent attacks actually using the media AND providing substance (something you never hear in McCain’s ads) came off the blocks in no time.
Rovian tactics (just one more way McCain is McBush) are designed to throw chaff into the eyes of voters who are on the fence about who to vote for with the hope that some of it gets in there and sticks. Lie after lie after lie are floated out until the fears of the insecure are fanned high, and they end up voting for losers whom they regret electing a year later.
Even his former campaign adviser, John Weaver, says ads like this are “childish” and diminish McCain the person:
“There is legitimate mockery of a political campaign now, and it isn’t at Obama’s. For McCain’s sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop.”
I’ll try to keep on top of the lies as they come down the pike, but it can be hard to keep up.