Thoughts About John McCain’s Latest Ad

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John McCain, the “serious” candidate for President, offers us this:

 

 

I totally get that people like Andy Hammond find this ad amusing. If Andy and his friends had whipped it up in Windows Movie Maker and passed it around on YouTube, they’d get some chuckles and enjoy it. But should a potential President of the United States approve an ad that is, in essence, a slightly more sophisticated version of the ad that an unpopular, socially awkward kid would make in 8th grade, bitter that people like his opponent more than they like him?

It makes me wonder what kind of foreign policy we could expect from McCain. Will he stay at home from G-8 summits, telling Karl Rove that “everyone likes Stephen Harper more than me”? Maybe he’ll fire up  the missiles just “to show them who is boss.”

These are difficult times. The next President is going to have a challenging job, dealing with the failures of the past eight years, both abroad and on the home front. We deserve a serious campaign, about the issues the nation faces, not the petty, juvenile absurdity the McCain has been throwing at us. If this is the way McCain leads a campaign, we certainly can’t afford to see the way he will run a nation.

Additional Thought: The first time I watched it, I was sure that it was a veiled reference to people who believe that Obama is the Muslim Anti-Christ. It seems like, but one would guess John already has those votes locked up.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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