Obama Backers Seize on McCain’s “Reckless Judgment” (Video)
Democrats and supporters of Sen. Barack Obama have officially seized on Sen. John McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, arguing that the pick is “reckless,” “crazy” and dangerous for the United States.
A new montage of criticism of the pick is gaining ground on YouTube, featuring reporters like Mark Halperin; prominent Democrats, like Paul Begala and James Carville; and even former GOP officials, like David R. Gergen. The video is accompanied by text rebuking McCain:
In his first presidential decision, Senator John McCain did not put country first. At a time of grave international threat, Senator McCain took a reckless and impulsive gamble in order to make a shallow political statement.
So far, Obama and his aides have done little to fan these flames. Obama’s strongest remarks on the topic, in fact, came in defense of Palin’s family, when he urged the media to back off prying into her daughter’s pregnancy. Yet there is a huge opening here, for Obama, or his surrogates, to hammer McCain for putting politics above country.
PRODUCTION NOTES: The homemade video sticks to the basics: clips of prominent political and media figures making the case against McCain, set to a looped instrumental score that suggests looming panic. The only editorial additions come in the video’s conclusion, where a few lines of white text argue that McCain’s choice, given his medical history, has literally put the nation “in peril.”