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To me, there are two blindingly obvious facts about McCain which I have not seen printed elsewhere, at least not in a major news rag or from a democratic talking head: 1) McCain is not bright at all, and in fact may be quite unintelligent, and 2) McCain is a jerk.

Which has me wondering, why do Democrats when talking about McCain so frequently give an initial disclosure about what a "great guy" he is? Is he really a "great friend"?

And why don't they run ads detailing this ignorance of economics and inability to keep keep things straight (countries, middle-eastern ethnicities, and world leaders come to recent mind). I think most working class Americans would be happy to have a child (and a President) who can both understand everyday people AND comprehend game theory and the risk of a CDO. I get the sense democrats are wanting to hide that Obama, among other things, is exceptionally intelligent. Sad is the day that this is a liability.

That McCain once paid incredible price for his country we know, but that neither makes him competent, smart, or honorable in his dealings since. In fact, a quite long history, starting from the Keating scandal and culminating in this most disreputable campaign, suggests the negative.

So to me, such prefacing statements of friendliness by democrats before launching attacks on his policies are either disingenuous or reek of good-ol-boy back patting from overly-tenured Washington senators. Biden I'm looking at you. I am unclear what these statements accomplish. Don't want to be seen picking on the old geezer?

Finally, why can't these truths be stated with little drama. To me, it would be more impactful if Obama surrogates stated these lines not with dramatic flury- the way Fox News uses the word "liberal"- but with a matter-of-fact clarity that actually informs and transforms opinions. In this way I think P. Begala is better than most- pithy, but matter-of-fact. In my view, hope is best conveyed with rhetorical flourishes, but criticism is best stated with clarity and understated quietness and argument of fact. Fortunately, to make this case, there are many, many facts.

Note: first-time publisher, so forgive if I am off of form.

Originally posted to scottybarclay on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 10:47 PM PDT.

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  •  FWIW (5+ / 0-)
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    Arken, DrJeremy, Lava20, googleimage, ambeeeant

    Clark tried that line of attack and the Obama folks dumped him pretty quick.

    This:

    That McCain once paid incredible price for his country we know, but that neither makes him competent, smart, or honorable in his dealings since. In fact, a quite long history, starting from the Keating scandal and culminating in this most disreputable campaign, suggests the negative.

    Is what I'm referring too.

    I thought Clark was on the right track.

    Ask anyone who's been a POW if that experience has made them qualified to be president?  My guess is you want get many "yes" answers.

    "two psychics pass each other on the street, one says to the other 'you're doing alright, how am i?'"

    by Edgar08 on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 10:50:00 PM PDT

  •  I agree fully with McCain being a jerk (2+ / 0-)
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    DrJeremy, ganais

    You just have to go back to the "joke" he told about Chelsea Clinton to realize the guy has no standards. I would also guess that he is a narcissist as well as a bully. But he was a POW so that makes it okay, I guess:(

  •  Why? Because... (6+ / 0-)
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    Arken, maren a, ebohlman, DrJeremy, SciVo, sanglug

    ...in order to sway people who already hold a favorable opinion of John McCain, you first have to validate their opinion and only then can you present them with alternate facts. Otherwise, they'll just discount everything you say as "baseless partisan attacks."

  •  Weigh the risks . . . (0+ / 0-)

    What we need to do is to wait and let the Repubs stomp on their own snakes. For Obama or anyone connected to him to call McCain a mediocrity or a cranky old man risks him being called an elitist. It's much more effective to have someone like George Will call him "scary" and, even better, to let swing voters to come to the realization themselves. Obama wisely is very patient on this score. It may be a small moment -- like where McCain had to read the teleprompter at the RNC in order to recite the praises of... his own wife! (Plus, recall that Biden's academic record wasn't all that strong.)

    I think McCain's recent gaffes are indicative of the fact that the campaign's cumulative toll is wearing on his tired old frame, and it'll only get worse for him over the next six weeks. Let him destroy himself.

  •  That's what you say to someone who is simple. (1+ / 0-)
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    DrJeremy

    The ads have been running, the only problem, the media will only show Mac stupid ads, Obama has had so many ads about this guy's record.  Unless you are in one of the states or see them on youtube.

    This country is in awe of "War" because this fellow, survivied Viet Nam, and he holds it over all who critize him, you have to tear down that myth and then lash him.

    Good diary!

  •  I think it's ok to give the disclaimer... (0+ / 0-)

    We have to remember that before his move to the faaaarrrr right; McCain was pretty well-liked by many in the Democratic party. I think reminders of this fact, sometimes makes Republicans a little uneasy.

  •  They're collegial because they're colleagues. (0+ / 0-)

    The U.S. Senate is one of the pinnacles of political power in the world: only a hundred people, in half of the bicameral legislature of the national government of a global superpower. You have to be able to get along with people to get stuff done there.

    Beyond that, Obama genuinely believes in showing respect for the personal dignity of people. It's in the campaign slogan, "respect empower include." It's in his own two diaries here, "Tone, Truth and the Democratic Party" and "Thanks for the feedback." And, no matter how true it might be that someone is dumb and mean, that's about as personal as it gets.

    We can disagree with the political savvy of leaving that alone; obviously, from my sig, I've chosen to go there. However, all things considered, I'm pretty confident that there's nothing we can do to change Obama's decision on that.

    And you know what? He might even be right. It's obviously been working pretty well for him so far.

    McNasty/Barracuda '08: Eff you, we got ours!

    by SciVo on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 11:58:31 PM PDT

  •  So, when you go to gatherings attended by (0+ / 0-)

    a person you don't like, do you ask a friend to go tell him preemptively that you're not going to talk to him, or work with him, or sit next to him because you think he's an ignorant jerk? You must be popular.

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