I’m A War Hero – I Deserve To Be President, by BrianInNYC

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.



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61 responses to “I’m A War Hero – I Deserve To Be President, by BrianInNYC

  1. WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO is mobilizing union members who are military veterans to work against Republican presidential candidate John McCain and other office seekers it opposes, officials said Thursday.


  2. Chef Sheila

    What I see is a little more strategic Brian.

    I see the call to arms. A manchurian signal or dog wistle if you wiil, for Vietnam Vets and other retired military types that have been conditioned to circle wagons on one of their own.

    I see his commercial as a Don’t touch me I am Above Reproach” because how many people can say they were a POW.

    And of course I see the recharging of patriotic sabliminals that will re-enforce the base on silence in the ranks and lapel Pins are necesary, even though they don’t know why.

  3. Interesting Sheila, going to be fun to see what reactions other people have to the ad.

  4. Chef Sheila

    I know. Everyone always adds more depth. I like this.

  5. dnd

    I think it’s a pretty good ad for the target demographic. Not so good for everyone else. Though the seniors to whom it may appeal may have voted for another young, untested senator 48 years ago. I’m not sure a lot of the boomers want to be reminded of the Vietnam war, particularly Vietnam vets.

    Vietnam is about as relevant to the young voters as WWII was to me when I cast my first vote for McGovern in 1972. I knew that McGovern was a war hero, but it had no influence on my vote, other than he knew the horrors of war and wanted us out of Vietnam pronto.

  6. Chef Sheila

    Good perspective on your part. As usual, I am cocooned in my Military vestage and don’t see the other side.

    The voting public is about 16 – 20% VET. but divide that into young and old. Their is a decent number of hard core young military that will vote McCain.

    However, his almost automatic voting demographic has been sliced and diced because of the War and because of the young having been taught to better think for themselves.

  7. I don’t think this ad is designed to capture the vet vote, it’s designed to seduce the broken hip set.

  8. Chef Sheila

    I’m sure you both are right. There aren’t too many Vets in that age group anymore and WWII was a long time ago. The follow your country without question has been bred out of us.

  9. Chef Sheila

    I admit my wrong. This why this is so good. broadens perspective

  10. This campaign is really coming down to one issue, fear versus hope.

  11. Chef Sheila

    Oh! and where are my manners. Thanks!

  12. you’re welcome *shrugs*

  13. …….damn the summer of love…we need to kill more!!!!……hippies….

    To me this will backfire

    1.) it looks ancient
    2.) it is ancient
    3.) the words “don’t hope for a better life” will be used against him.
    4.) hippie (retro) fashions are in
    5.) this ad portrays McCain as an “old geezer” when I was I Kid…we walked 40 miles to school, we didn’t have television

    When did the concept of “hope” become a target?
    “hope” is an enemy….kill all hope….

  14. Contradicting McCain, Another Iraqi Official Calls for Timetable For Withdrawal


  15. I am convinced the Republican are not aware of voters between the ages of 18 and 50….

    looks like he is after the 75+ crowd…

  16. My first thought as a counter to this ad was to run this music behind images of Obama rallies:

    Maybe I’ll do one up and post it later!

  17. Chef Sheila

    What IS the majority age of the Republican Base anyway?

  18. dnd

    Every Vietnam vet I know was drafted. None of them like to be reminded of that period of their lives. That’s the basis of my statement.

  19. Horsedooty

    I am a target demographic for the Republicans. White old (63) Vietnam era vet mostly retired. I am a god damned Yellow Dog Democrat and proud to be one. Republicans can offer me nothing I want.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  20. dnd

    “This campaign is really coming down to one issue, fear versus hope.”

    Or fear of hope.
    Or hope of fear.

  21. Chef Sheila

    dnd and Doots, Like I said, THanks. Think from the cucoon too much.

    And Burrito, Like the additions too. I have to put myself in all of your shoes again to get a better perspective.

    Well, time to go shopping for the day.


  22. I only am aware of two images of John McCains, the POW and the current JohnMcCain.

    What about the middle years?

  23. dnd

    “WASHINGTON—Former White House adviser Karl Rove defied a congressional subpoena and refused to testify Thursday about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department, including whether he influenced the prosecution of a former Democratic governor of Alabama.

    Rep. Linda Sanchez, chairman of a House subcommittee, ruled with backing from fellow Democrats on the panel that Rove was breaking the law by refusing to cooperate—perhaps the first step toward holding him in contempt of Congress. ”


  24. dnd

    Some good, some not so good.


    FWIW, I have a friend who works at Interior and has to deal with senators. About 10 years ago he told me that McCain was the only senator who wouldn’t try to bullshit him.

  25. dnd

    “A doctor who thinks space aliens have the key to unlimited alternative energy – but that the government is keeping a lid on it – will speak tonight in Denver.”


    In other energy news, there’s an energy confab in Denver today. Should be better reporting later:


  26. My flash response to McCain’s “Summer Of Love” Ad:


  27. Great flash response…..what a contrast!

  28. Exactly UB, in the war of images McCain is in so much trouble!

  29. dnd

    Martha and the Vandellas endorsement would be huge.
    She’s on the Detroit city council, so she’s got the political cred.

  30. I didn’t know that dnd.

  31. Horsedooty

    here is an article that we could file under cheney out to destroy the world.


    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  32. Chef Sheila


    If I wasn’t so burnt out by my outrage and disapointment toward Cheney, I’d be outraged by the little Clip of knowlege. Thanks for the read.

  33. dog's eye view

    Great column by Gail Collins in NY Times today. “The Audacity of Listening.” Some realism for any fainting liberal Dems over Obama’s (perceived) move to the center.

    …”You liked Barack because you thought he could get us past the old brain-dead politics, right? He talked — and talked and talked — about how there were going to be no more red states and blue states, how he was going to bring Americans together, including Republicans and Democrats.

    Exactly where did everybody think this gathering was going to take place? Left field?

    When an extremely intelligent politician tells you over and over and over that he is tired of the take-no-prisoners politics of the last several decades, that he is going to get things done and build a “new consensus,” he is trying to explain that he is all about compromise.

    …. if you look at the political fights he’s picked throughout his political career, the main theme is not any ideology. It’s that he hates stupidity. “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war,” he said in 2002 in his big speech against the invasion of Iraq. He did not, you will notice, say he was against unilateral military action or pre-emptive attacks or nation-building. He was antidumb.

    Most of the things Obama’s taken heat for saying this summer fall into these two familiar patterns — attempts to find a rational common ground on controversial issues and dumb-avoidance.”

    Thank you, Gail Collins, for saying that so well.

  34. dog's eye view

    Here’s the link to Gail Collins. The Audacity of Listening.



    Event went great; lots of soundbite material. Look forward to what national news chooses to cover.

  35. dog's eye view

    Brian: I put up a link to Collins article; it’s being held.

  36. dog's eye view

    Talking Points put up some video from Obama’s appearance at Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, VA today. This was a particularly amusing segment, but Obama was relaxed and in top form throughout.


  37. dnd…

    Very good post on the Webb GI bill. Now all we need is to make sure its implemented and not pushed under a rock like the Vets are receiving now under the current bill or the Vets Administration and how its treating our Vets.

    God Bless.

  38. I guess that I’m not eligible to run for the Presidency as I didn’t completely serve in the Military.

    On another note I understand where Obama is coming from on his FISA vote. If he had voted against it he would be labeled soft on terrorism.

    It can always be revisited once he’s in the White House. That is if we have elections and if we do that were not under Martial Law when the Decider takes us to War with Iran.

    God Bless.

  39. dog's eye view

    Anon: good evening. Great to see you.

    He got a question about FISA in Q&A at Fairfax event today; will type up my notes in a few. (Chilling with an iced tea.)

    Going offline for a few, but hope you’ll be around to chat later.


  40. Brian…

    This was posted by GORDO over at Craig’s.

    “From my 6:04 PM link:

    “It’s scary stuff, especially when you risk a Godwin’s infraction by noting the scary similarities between the thuggish O’borg collective and the Youth Movement of other cults of personality that favored large rallies in stadiums filled with shrieking adoration.”

    Here’s two links you can post in response to this comment. One is too Alan Rolands Radio Weblog and it deals with Hitler’s Youth Movement.


    This other link is for a short 4 minute video he links to on the movie Jesus Camp where children are taught to die for Jesus and also GWB.


    This is more like Hitlers Youth than anything Obama’s supporters look like or act.

    God Bless.

  41. Hey dog…

    Good to read you. LOL…LOL…LOL…

    I’ll be in and out for a few hours at least. I have something I have been working on in my mind for a post, however I have started it over at least a dozen times as it always trails off into a subtext type of post.

    It’s really hard to keep in closely written since there is so much involved in the nature of it.

    Back in awhile…

    God Bless.

  42. HI UB…

    I thought I had bad breath or something. I leave a comment and no one stops in for over an almost two hours.

    God Bless.

  43. Hey Anon
    No it’s a slow night, I’m playing poker as well as …blogging

  44. so I pop in and out ….it takes time 🙂

  45. I read your post about writing a post, and I agree. So many issue are so complex, and people need almost an entire education on the topic to be able to follow the post.

    I know, I do on many many subjects….

  46. You have good reason to fear Republicans UB.

    The Republicans of today are not the republicans of the fifties or sixties, but are the New Nazi’s that wear suits and ties.

    They are more dangerous than the American Nazi Party who at least wear uniforms that let you know their values and take pride in what they stand for.

    Our country is being run by Fascists that will destroy our country just like Hitler destroyed Germany. So your fear is not unfounded.

    We are all in deep shit and the majority of Americans have turned a blind eye to what has happened to our country.

    We may need another Revolutionary War to take our country back only this time it will be the Republicans against the Democrats and it should be take no prisoners.

    As the Decider Der Fuhrer Bush said you are either with us or agin us and until there all gone we will never get our country back.

    God Bless.

  47. Anyway I’m out of here. Time to hit the sack as its been a long day for me and I’m really tired.

    I’m going to try to put my post up on my blog on Saturday or Sunday and send a copy to Brian to put up here. Sort of cross posting I guess you could call it.

    Anyway good night and I hope you win a lot of matchsticks. LOL…LOL…LOL…

    God Bless.

  48. I always thought you might be a cross_poster. 😉

  49. AP I’ll leave Sunday open for you!

  50. I have my post finished….My hub said ,” it’s a little dry”…..(mind you this was in the office) so my co-worker said, “are you two drinking wine..?

  51. I’m sure your husband is wrong and your post is all wet!

  52. he is wrong —— 78% of the time —-when asked…..

    you see by lowering the “ask’ level the % goes up and makes Hubs happy….lol

  53. dog's eye view

    Morning all. Anybody else up and about at this hour?

  54. dog's eye view

    Matthew Mosk in today’s Washington Post: “Donors Asked to Give for Two; Clinton Debt Adds to Obama Burden”


    from story: Quote from Mark Gilbert, financier, an Obama supporter raising money in Florida and Utah:

    “What’s a good way to put this? There’s a feeling that the money she spent at the end may not have needed to have been spent,” he said. “You want to help because it’s important to Senator Obama. The flip side is, you don’t want to take money away from what’s needed in November, which is the more important goal.”

    Mosk writes that Clinton supporters see the fundraising as an “olive branch.”

    I would say: albatross!

    A very smart friend, watching Clinton run up her debts late in the campaign, long after it was apparent she could not overtake Obama’s delegate lead and weeks after the stories of unpaid vendors and cashflow woes surfaced, suggested Clinton was fine with the spending because she was going to stick Obama with repaying the debt.

    Appears this friend was right!

  55. dog's eye view

    LA Times today.

    “McCain’s Broken Marriage and Fractured Reagan Friendship”


    … “Until McCain filed for divorce, the Reagans and their inner circle assumed he was happily married, and they were stunned to learn otherwise, according to several close aides.

    “Everybody was upset with him,” recalled Nancy Reynolds, a top aide to the former president who introduced him to McCain.

    By contrast, some of McCain’s friends, including the Senate aide who was at the reception where McCain first met Hensley, believed he was separated at that time.” …

    Uh huh. Some ‘splain’ to do.

    A well timed effort by more conservative GOP members to remind the family values crowd of their nominee’s past shortcomings?

  56. Horsedooty


    great link on McCain. Shows just how much character McSlime really has.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  57. Chef Sheila

    Wow I hate stories like that. On behalf of women everywhere…What a Jerk!!!

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