John McCain introduced a new ad yesterday called ‘Love’ and it begins with pictures from 1967 during the ‘Summer of Love’.
Either way, this ad takes us to the 1960’s and John McCain is around 30 years old and Barack Obama is single digits.
The ad mocks the Obama campaign’s theme of ‘hope’ and ‘change’. You never want to run against hope, though his approach is interesting. “Don’t ‘hope’ for a better life. Vote for one.” Sorry, Johnny. I have watched his party severely strain my ‘better life’ and he’s voted with Bush 95% of the time. His policies are the reasons why (to quote McCain’s ad) ‘our world is dangerous, our economy in shambles.’
Voting 95% of the time with one’s party doesn’t constitute taking on partisans. Now, mind you John, if this country was in a great place, voting 95% of the time on the correct side would be admirable, however, McCain’s voting record is causing great strain to this great country.
Taking on popular opinion is one I’ll give McCain. While 2/3 of the country is tired of this war in Iraq, he continues to spout his pro-war mantra.
The ad begins with pictures of his time in the military followed by McCain with the Reagan’s. (Doesn’t it appear that President Reagan is Photoshopped into the ad of McCain and Nancy?)
Wow, McCain sure is old. That is the impression that I had when I viewed the spot.
No question, McCain is a war hero. What he went through was awful to say the least and turning down the early release was valiant.
But what does this have to do with McCain’s qualifications to be president. Well nothing, really.
What this ad does, besides make the viewer realize just how old McCain is, is bring credence to the recent words of General Wesley Clark who opined that serving in the military in the capacity of Air Force pilot does not qualify McCain to be president.
For this, Clark was blasted repeatedly (and unwarrantedly) in the McCain friendly media. Now McCain, with this new ad, brings the question back into the forefront.
Watch the video of the new McCain ad – then read the quotes from Wesley Clark once again.
Clark’s comments are valid – though, I agree, a little crudely stated. If McCain is going to run on his military record, he better expect some hard questions from the media or maybe he’ll just throw them another barbecue.
General Wesley Clark on Face the Nation – June 29, 2008
Unedited section where this was mentioned – not a brief quote out-of-context.
Bob Schieffer: Well you, you went so far as to say that you thought John McCain was, quote, and these are your words, “untested and untried,” And I must say I, I had to read that twice, because you’re talking about somebody who was a prisoner of war. He was a squadron commander of the largest squadron in the Navy. He’s been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for lo these many years. How can you say that John McCain is un- untested and untried? General?
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Because in the matters of national security policy making, it’s a matter of understanding risk. It’s a matter of gauging your opponents, and it’s a matter of being held accountable. John McCain’s never done any of that in his official positions. I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in Armed Forces as a prisoner of war. He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and he has traveled all over the world. But he hasn’t held executive responsibility. That large squadron in Air- in the Navy that he commanded, it wasn’t a wartime squadron. He hasn’t been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn’t seen what it’s like when diplomats come in and say, ‘I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to get this point through or not. Do you want to take the risk? What about your reputation? How do we handle it-
Bob Schieffer: Well-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: ‘ -it publicly.’ He hasn’t made those calls, Bob.
Bob Schieffer: Well, well, General, maybe-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: So-
Bob Schieffer: Could I just interrupt you. If-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Sure.
Bob Schieffer: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President.
Bob Schieffer: Really?!
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: But Barack is not, he is not running on the fact that he has made these national security pronouncements. He’s running on his other strengths. He’s running on the strengths of character, on the strengths of his communication skills, on the strengths of his judgment. And those are qualities that we seek in our national leadership.