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I believe that in order for Obama to be elected this November we have to go after McCain's supposed strengths in a forceful way.
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The television ad:
John McCain.  He buckled to the right wing of his party [clip of before and after policy statements]. He buckled to advisors when it came to running an honest campaign. [clip of him saying he would run a positive campaign].  He buckled to Washington lobbyists [clip showing newspaper article about lobbyists running his campaign]. and when it came to choosing the person who would be a heartbeat away from the presidency he buckled again. [clip showing articles stating Palin most unqualified VP in modern history / endorsement by Rush L.].
John McCain:  

This ad suggests that McCain made these decisions not because he is unscrupulous but rather because he is weak. It begs the question of who in reality would be controlling a McCain presidency. Palin?

Originally posted to Tao Darwin on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 09:46 AM PDT.

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  •  And it reminds them ... (3+ / 0-)
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    marykk, LynneK, Septima

    of Bush caving to special interests.

    "Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it." - Gandhi

    by MaineMerlin on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 09:50:22 AM PDT

  •  When even McCain's own party doesn't trust him (3+ / 0-)
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    marykk, LynneK, Septima

    to run a campaign, who do you want running our country?

    Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/ One perfect rose

    by kat68 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 09:50:23 AM PDT

  •  so hit where it hurts (1+ / 0-)
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    1st - if this is a 527 (yes?) we call it PALIN/McCAIN (because it is, and because it never hurts to emasculate the enemy, particularly if he's got a small ego and a big temper)

    2nd, don't say anything good about him - wipe the 'he said he'd run an honest campaign' - what people remember is 'McCain honest campaign'

    so attack:

    Palin/McCain - Will raise your taxes - unless you earn over $5 million a year

    Palin/McCain - Will destroy your health care - unless you have your own private dermatologist

    Palin/McCain - Will trash your kids' education- unless you're the son of an admiral

    Palin/McCain - Will vote against equal wages for women.  Unless you're in government.

    Palin/McCain - will draft your kids into a 100 years war.

    that should do for a start

    Obama/Biden vs Palin/McCain. Because you're worth it.

    by Airmid on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 09:51:25 AM PDT

  •  Why can't you make a 30 sec YouTube ad. I will (0+ / 0-)

    contribute to you.

  •  He buckled about (6+ / 0-)

    torture, taxes, roe vs. wade, Jerry Falwell and he flopflopped on the confederate flag and support of MLK day.  No wonder he's so invested in talking about pigs and other distractions and distortions.  His straight talk express is in the ditch.

  •  How about this rewrite: (3+ / 0-)
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    LynneK, Septima, pateTX

    ANNOUNCER: John McCain.

    He gave in to George Bush's Republican party and flip-flopped on issue after issue.

    He buckled to his campaign advisors and reneged on his promise to run an honest campaign.

    He surrendered to lobbyists and oil companies on his energy policy.

    He caved in to extremists and picked a vice president who is not qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    John McCain. How can he stand up for America if he won't stand up for himself?

    Don't mention Rush. We're not running against him, and some independents like him.

  •  Change the weak "buckled" to "sold out" and (3+ / 0-)
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    marykk, LynneK, Septima

    make the following additional changes:

    John McCain.  He sold out to the extremist right wing of his party [clip of before and after policy statements]. He sold out to his Karl Rove advisors and has run the sleaziest campaign in Presidential election history. [clip of him saying he would run a positive campaign].  He sold out to Washington lobbyists and the big oil and drug companies [clip showing newspaper article about lobbyists running his campaign]. And when it came to choosing his Vice President, the person who would be a heartbeat away from the presidency, he sold out again, placing winning an election over the good of the country. [clip showing articles stating Palin most unqualified VP in modern history].
    John McCain: Is there anything he won't sell to satisfy his personal ambition?  

    •  Buckled vs sold out (0+ / 0-)

      The term "sold out" infers that he is for sale.
      Unfortunately, many people expect politicians to be for sale. They also expect them to be ruthless, unscrupulous etc. But they will never accept weak.
      Weak is a meme that undermines the entire rationale for a McCain presidency. Whereas dishonest, unscrupulous etc don't necessarily do that.

  •  The Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    Need better TV ads.  It's time to start fighting back HARD!

  •  Good ad.. (0+ / 0-)

    Don't forget to use the clips from thedailyshow

    The clips of Karl Rove saying how Kaine is inexperienced and would be a purely politcal choice.

  •  Link lying to Iraq war... (1+ / 0-)
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    Voters think all politicians lie but some lies have serious consequences. If there is a way to link Mccain/Palin's lying (and their blatant disregard for being called out on it) with Bush/Chenye's brazen lying..which ultimately led to the Iraq war, that might be effective.
    Also, didnt Mccain sometime back mention that he wouldnt rule out the draft. Ties that to his warmongering tendencies. If Palin is ready to go to war with Russia, and Mccain wants to be in Iraq for 100 year, the draft seems a real possibility.
    I realize that this is fear mongering, but there is plenty to fear about if these two come to power. I dont think voters truly think deeply about the implications and it has to be an "on the face" ad.

  •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks everyone for the helpful edits of the ad.
    I'll let you know if I produce a video and then post it.

  •  There is so much ammunition out there -- (0+ / 0-)

    Why can't Obama's ad team come up with a decent ad?
    I mean, talking about McCain's inability to Google?
    Is that the key issue of this campaign?
    The man will take us into wars !
    He will double the national debt !
    We will end up with Palin as VP !
    Come on, Obama ad team, wake up !!!

    Talk about McCain's plan to:
    Privatize Social Security, which he thinks is a "disgrace."
    Tax you on employer supplied health insurance.
    Give billions in tax cuts to people making over $10 million a year in income, nothing to 100 million Americans, and less than half of what Obama will give to middle class Americans.
    Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran and stay in Iraq indefinitely.
    Repeal Roe v. Wade.
    Maybe get into a war with Russia and reinstitute the draft.
    Etc. etc. etc.

    •  Although policy issues do have their place... (0+ / 0-)

      I think that we have to start attacking McCain on the meta issues of weakness, trust-worthiness.

      Can we convince the public that the person actually in charge of a McCain presidency would be the book-banning, creationist, crony-hiring Palin? (and through her, lobbyists)

  •  Remember McNicotine's alliance with Joe Camel (1+ / 0-)
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    He hired TOBACCO LOBBYIST Charlie Black to be his senior adviser.

    Something to put in the ad:
    While parents, schools, and churches were busy teaching their children to avoid that first puff and first chew, John McCain's right-hand man was busy undermining their efforts.  So much for being pro-life.

    Don't call him McCain, McBush, or McSame. His name is McNicotine! He has a tobacco lobbyist for a senior adviser. How is that pro-life?

    by jhsu on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 10:10:35 AM PDT

  •  Enough is ENOUGH, expose the lying Wizards (0+ / 0-)

    Politicians who intentionally lie to the public are engaging in a Betrayal of the Public Trust and it should be deemed an Ethics Violation and a part of the past as we move toward a more Holistic way of life here in America. And Media as the Third-wheel of Democracy should not be silent and complicit on such lies and distortion!

    Great Film Exposing John McCain’s Lies — Pass it on! -- Are we finally pulling back the Curtin on the Wizards?

    Lastly, Ground Zero is a Symbol and a message of Republicans' failed policies and a gaping Wound, that after 7 years Ground Zero is still a hole, still zero -- that we were unable to lift ourselves out of the ashes and make ourselves whole again. You see, nothing from nothing leaves nothing and that is not Change we can believe in. Enough is ENOUGH!

    And finally, Is the Bloom coming off of Palin, as Alaska Women Against Palin Rally is HUGE!

  •  I've thought for some time (2+ / 0-)
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    on board 47, Contemptibable

    that the way to go after McCain needs to be more indirect, by first acknowledging what it is so many people think they admire about him. After all, his public image - as inaccurate as it may be - has been so ingrained in the national consciousness that simply going at it straight on might make his wavering supporters feel defensive.

    People like my dad in particular, who's 76 years old, used to buy into the whole "maverick war hero" myth. But over the course of the campaign my dad has become increasingly disillusioned with the McCain he's seeing now, to the point where this lifelong Republican actually admits he doesn't know what he's going to do in November.

    I think the most effective campaign might be a series of ads with real voters, talking simply to the camera about how disappointed and disillusioned they are with how McCain has changed and how they can no longer, in good conscience, support him. That would have the effect of not making people feel dumb for having supported him before, while at the same time making themselves feel better about changing their minds.

    "I can't come to bed yet! Someone is WRONG on the Internet!" - XKCD

    by SingularExistence on Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 10:14:10 AM PDT

  •  Fighting fire with fire (0+ / 0-)

    How about an ad that says:

    John McCain doesn't think your children need to be protected from sexual predators.
    John McCain criticized an initiative to make children aware of the predators in their midst and report them to authorities.  

  •  McCain: Ambition First. Country, not so much (nt) (0+ / 0-)

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