I for one find the Senator’s new ad rather puzzling, it seems designed to alienate more people than it will attract, and seems hell bent on starting a new generational war, not between the young and old, but between the middle aged and the senior citizen. If you were opposed to the Vietnam War apparently McCain doesn’t want your vote, you old hippy, summer of love type!
Are you looking for a leader who will inspire the nation and offer hope for a better day, well don’t look here, McCain isn’t offering hope and his latest campaign ad condescends to those who are looking for a leader to inspire the nation.
McCain has reworked Hillary Clinton’s frustration driven “enough with the pretty speeches already” (It didn’t work for her and she’s a much better campaigner than McCain, why does he expect it to work for him?) remark into a slick commercial dripping with heavy handed patriotism, military service and the obligatory Republican Reagan photo op shot. The backgound music is patriotic and threatening at the same time, and the announcer tells us John McCain knows what a scary place the world is, how our economy is in shambles. No mention of a solution to those problems, but we are informed pretty words won’t fix the terrible problems we face.
What does McCain offer as an alternative to Obama “empty suit”? An ad filled with grainy images from 40 years ago, ancient history in this era of the 24 hour cable news cycle and youtube. A reminder that John McCain is a Vietnam War hero (insert obligatory “we honor his service” here) and therefore you should vote for him. If Mr. McCain has any hope of winning this election, or at the very least making a good show of it he’s going to have come up with a much better rational than the one this ad offers. Playing this election as a referendum on Barack Obama is tantamount to raising the white flag of surrender.