Beyond my traitorous betrayal of Sarah Palin* yesterday, etc., etc., it is worth noting that some of the current frustration with the McCain camp is coming from conservatives who are plugged in to alternative media, who see plenty of winning arguments that could make a difference in the election.
What would happen if, at his next campaign event, McCain explained how the country got into the mess by showing or paraphrasing the “Burning Down the House” YouTube (that is currently not available because Warner Brothers is complaining about the music copyright)?
What would happen if John McCain, in his next speech, quoted all of the Democrats who insisted everything was fine at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and insisted the regulators lay off? Not just one or two, but all of these quotes? At the very least, how come Barney Frank’s “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing” can’t become one of the most famous statements in this mess?
Picture the ad:
Barney Frank: “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.”
Announcer: He rolled the dice, and lost. And now you’re paying the bill.
Instead, these are the ads he’s running:
“What a week,” McCain says into the camera. “Democrats blamed Republicans. Republicans blamed Democrats. We’re the United States of America. It shouldn’t take a crisis to pull us together.”
It is tough to win an election, where the public is asked to choose between two parties, on a theme of “bipartisanship.”
“My side is no better than theirs” really isn’t a winning rallying cry one month before an election.
UPDATE: Yes, of course, deep down I dislike Palin because she “isn’t one of us,” as an Ace commenter charges. That’s clearly been the message the Campaign Spot has been screaming since the day Palin was nominated. Obviously. /sarcasm