With Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drawing huge crowds — and an early, yet unsurprising, endorsement from the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post — the McCain campaign demonstrates it is no clearly longer concerned with shoring up support among the GOP’s conservative base with its newest TV ad.
In the spot, titled “Original Mavericks,” the campaign settles into the narrative it is likely to promote between now and November — that Sen. John McCain and Palin are “mavericks” ready to buck their own party for the good of America.
PRODUCTION NOTES:The spot repeats the claim that Palin “stopped the ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’” While technically true — as governor, she did, eventually, kill the project, arguably when it became politically untenable — it ignores the fact that she was a supporter of the bridge as a gubernatorial candidate.
The Obama campaign quickly seized on this, with Obama spokesman Bill Burton releasing a statement calling the McCain camp’s assertion “a lie.” As my colleague Ari Melber notices, this is a substantial escalation in the intensity of the Obama campaign’s language.
Also, eagle-eyed Ben Smith over at Politico notes that the source cited in the ad’s on-screen text, as the announcer says Palin “stopped the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’” doesn’t actually support the claim.
The only thing the article, from The Anchorage Daily News, says about the bridge is that Palin “ordered her administration to seek fewer congressional earmarks after Alaska’s ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ became a national symbol of pork-barrel spending” — a far cry from the earmark-hating image the campaign is projecting. The Anchorage Daily News article is the source of the headline that appears in the ad, that “Palin flies high as reformer;” but the juxtaposition of the announcer’s words and the text is a bit misleading. I guess the McCain camp didn’t think anyone would bother to read the fine print.
Perhaps most interesting is the spot’s implicit criticism of GOP orthodoxy. If McCain and Palin were willing to stand up to their own party to do what’s right, then it logically follows that the party must have been wrong.
With congressional Republicans already facing the prospects of huge losses in both houses, there may be quite a few GOP incumbents who are less-than-thrilled about McCain’s chosen campaign theme. If the Republican presidential nominee is telling voters how wrong his own party has been, why should they vote to return their wrong-headed Republican representatives back to office?
If McCain wins in November, it is likely that all will be forgiven, because at least the Republicans will hold the presidency, while the Democrats control both houses of Congress. But if he loses — and the Republicans lose big in Congress — there will certainly be an argument to be made that McCain’s strategy backfired horrifically for the party.
Pentagon Shooter Exploited Gun-Show Loophole
John Patrick Bedell, who shot and wounded two police officers near the Pentagon earlier this month, bought at least one of his 9 mm guns at a Nevada gun show,
MA-Sen: 150 Conservative Bloggers Fan Out, Looking for Scandals
BOSTON -- The mysterious Election Journal blog, which first released the infamous 2008 video of two bumbling New Black Panther Party members waving nightsticks
MA-Sen: Brown Wins
BOSTON -- At 9:20, the first rumors of Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race started to work around the room. A moment later, Doug Flutie
MA-Sen: 66 to 19
BOSTON -- That, via Alex Isenstadt and Josh Kraushaar, is the number that defined the Massachusetts Senate race more than anything else. From the primary
MA-Sen: A Text Message From Scott Brown
BOSTON -- Having signed up for Scott Brown’s text message service for election day, I just got this text: Are you about to have lunch? It’s a great time to
MA-Sen: Out-of-Staters for Brown
BOSTON -- A surprising discovery at yesterday’s People’s Rally in Worcester was just how many people had traveled into the state to assist, in whatever way,
MA-Sen Photos: ‘Paint the Town Red! Croakley’s Dead!’
Below are some photos of yesterday’s People’s Rally in Worcester, the rally that Brown held to counter-program the Obama rally in Boston. The crush of
Menendez, Lautenberg to Continue BP-Lockerbie Investigation
Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, both New Jersey Democrats, will continue to seek details about BP’s alleged involvement in the release last year of
Net Investors Bullish on Palin’s Prospects for Staying on Ticket
Just for fun, the Internet prediction Website Intrade has opened a contract on whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be withdrawn as McCain’s running mate.
No Experience Necessary
Gov. Sarah Palin’s a middle-class hockey mom, but does that really qualify her to be vice president?