McCain Approves Ad Linking Britney and Paris To Hitler (and Jesus?)

30 07 2008

Have you seen the new McCain ad? Its logic is very clear if subliminal.

Major Premise:
Obama is Hitler (also Jesus if you’ve heard Rush lately, which then would equate Jesus and Hitler too, but that’s probably another ad)

Minor Premise: Dumb blonde bimbo celebrities are the same as Obama

Conclusion: All empty headed, morally bankrupt female celebrities are Hitler.

But wait, so by this logic Obama is secretly blonde and a shopaholic, and a girl? Was Hitler?
(Rush Limbaugh was actually ranting today about Obama sounding like a girl — did Jesus? — and how mature conservative women want “real men” instead of “metrosexuals” so don’t be surprised if that’s McCain’s next logical ad: Too girlie to lead, like Jesus!)

And what does this syllogism say about blonde female celebrity Jodie Foster, so brilliant and grounded she’s worth a dozen Britney-Paris sorority sisters? If she’s more like Obama than they are, is she also more like Hitler too, then? (Did you know she has an unusual real middle name, like Obama? It’s CHRISTIAN.) Will the media hold the McCain campaign accountable for these answers?
My head hurts . . .

Oh, what tangled webs we weave, when first we make the people heave . . .

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30 07 2008
JJ

I am prescient! (Wish I weren’t though)

Some blonde female “Republican strategist” named Cheri Jacobus on MSNBC, talking about this very ad, just said Obama might have been well-received in Europe but so what, because he “isn’t running for Homecoming Queen!”

30 07 2008
JJ

I thought those cheap-shot conservative homeschool parent attacks on him and his wife as not good parents were over the top, but if the new talking points are veiled coding like “queen” and “metrosexual” and John McCain really HAS “approved this message” then all bets are off. He needs to be held accountable for that.

30 07 2008
Nance Confer

McCain’s whole campaign is just laughable at this point.

I just heard Obama kind of chuckling with a comment wondering whether McCain had anything to talk about of substance. Or is this all there is?

Nance

30 07 2008
Crimson Wife

I’m never more grateful to not have cable/satellite and not get any broadcast TV reception than during the election season. I grew up near the New Hampshire border and we always got better reception from the Nashua stations than the Boston ones. But that meant we had to endure about 18 months’ worth of stupid political ads each election cycle. I can still remember <the one from when I was a kid with Dukakis riding around in a tank looking absolutely ridiculous. I’ve seen enough of them in my lifetime to know that candidates from across the full range of the political spectrum are guilty of negative campaigns.

The worst ones in terms of just attacking the opposing side without actually putting forward any kind of argument in favor of your own are actually the state initiative ads. 99% of them basically boil down to one of two messages: “Prop. XYZ is EEEEEEEEE-vil. That’s why [insert name of special interest group] is spending [insert obscene amount of money] to get it passed” or “The opponents of Prop. XYZ are EEEEEEEEEE-vil. That’s why [insert name of special interest group] is spending [insert obscene amount of money] to defeat it.” The ads almost never tell the viewer what Prop. XYZ would actually *DO*.

This is why I’m a big believer in campaign finance reform. Get rid of all the soft money from unions, corporations, professional associations, Native American tribes, political action committees, and so on and there will be much less money available for these kinds of negative ads.

30 07 2008
loomisnews

The Grumpy Warrior just goin’ for the bimbo vote. Tho they ain’t been called “bimbos” since he was part of the Keating 5.

He gone from confused to angry to… just bizarre.

He’ll be back in form once he gets back to his afternoon nap schedule and his daily dose of prunes, I reckon.

30 07 2008
JJ

Yes. The only thing worse imo, are ads just as CW describes except they are outright LYING.

Everybody keeps saying yes, yes but lies and smears work, just like they say the surge worked in Iraq or that we should drill here, drill now, pay less. Work how?? — is that what we call it to triple what you put into a debacle, a disaster, an obvious wrong, just to prop it up long enough to declare personal victory even knowing you’re making everything around you worse, and making solutions that COULD actually work well enough to be called victory, that much more remote?

As Dr. Phil would say, how’s that working for us?
It’s not.

30 07 2008
JJ

Hey, Loomis, good stuff, particularly liked this from Business Week:

The New Normal: McCain’s Desperate Ad Hours

What the McCain campaign doesn’t want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was…wait for it…using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch. I guess that’s political hardball. But another word for it is the one word that most politicians are loathe to use about their opponents—a lie.

30 07 2008
JJ

Loomis calling McCain Grumpy instead of Happy, made me think his campaign might be planning to do all the Dwarves between now and Novermber?

Dopey Warrior
Sleepy Warrior
Sneezy Warrior could be fun . . .
but Bashful and Doc? Nah, not buying it.

31 07 2008
Lynn

I just got off the phone with a relative who is “very upset” at the idea that Obama might win the election.

me: “Why is that?”

her: “Because he’s a Muslim.”

(silence)

me: “Um, actually I think he’s a Christian, isn’t he? ..blah, blah, blah…”

her: “What are you making for dinner?”

31 07 2008
JJ

Speaking of dinner conversation and Obama being Muslim, unschooled Favorite Daughter ran into this same Onward Christian Soldier propaganda when she was still 16 — she’s 18 now, registered to vote and wondering why, if we really face such an energy crisis, the Anti-American Propaganda Machine is so well-oiled!

And then someone mentioned it. I don’t know who, but somebody said it.

Somebody said that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Thing is, Barak Obama isn’t a Muslim.
And I said as much. . .

Seems to me this campaign cycle has been going so long that parts of it are ancient history already! Maybe looking back over it can be educational, at least for those of us able to rise above our own lizard brains and think about what’s really happening: Time We Learned Our Lesson?

All that we are and all that we do, and how we identify and understand ourselves and others while we’re being and doing, come from stories both scholarly and sacred, and from how we reconcile or choose among different stories, to create personally meaningful answers to every imaginable question about “how to live.”

The trick . . .is to avoid being pulled beneath the surface of Reason, where the brain can survive for only four minutes without oxygen. Hmmm, maybe brain death by Unreason is the human “death” church stories command as prerequisite to personal salvation, new life dead to human reason . . .

. . . The only true lesson to learn from unreason in any such encounter is that there is no point to reasoning with it, that unreason is itself a bigger threat than anything it so persistently claims is threatening us.

31 07 2008
JJ

Here’s a handy dandy Thinking Citizen four-question test:

The name-calling technique was first identified by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis (IPA) in 1938.

According to the IPA, we should ask ourselves the following questions when we spot an example of name-calling.

* What does the name mean?

* Does the idea in question have a legitimate connection with the real meaning of the name?

* Is an idea that serves my best interests being dismissed through giving it a name I don’t like?

* Leaving the name out of consideration, what are the merits of the idea itself?

31 07 2008
JJ

I like this site’s description of the reverse technique too, “Glittering Generalities:”

. . .the uses to which propagandists put the cherished words and beliefs of unsuspecting people.

When someone talks to us about democracy, we immediately think of our own definite ideas about democracy, the ideas we learned at home, at school, and in church.

Our first and natural reaction is to assume that the speaker is using the word in our sense, that he believes as we do on this important subject.

This lowers our ‘sales resistance’ and makes us far less suspicious than we ought to be when the speaker begins telling us the things ‘the United States must do to preserve democracy.’

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