Remember last night how I wrote about how the leftosphere was trying to paint McCain’s “Celeb” ad as “racist” simply because it had two promiscuous white female celebrities in the begininng of it?Â Well, it turns out that’s not ALL the ad was trying to imply … it’s actually much much more sinister than that, as Ross Douthat explains:
It’s remarkable what those fiendish GOP operatives can squeeze into thirty seconds: Not only does McCain’s “celeb” ad have “Barack Obama will rape yo daughters overtones,” says Rick Perlstein (who’s apparently under the impression that most Americans think of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears as stand-ins for their daughters), but it was edited to blatantly evoke Triumph of the Will as well – the better to freak out elderly Jews in South Florida, perhaps. Comparing the “Celeb” ad to stills from Leni Riefenstahl’s work, Perlstein writes: “I actually wonder if the Republicans had a crew on the scene to capture just the right angles; for instance, the identical camera placement shooting the speaker over the shoulder at stage right.” If he actually wonders that, I fear for his sanity.
That assumes he had any sanity to begin with.
Speaking of the ad, I received an massÂ email today from the Obama campaign about it, and check out the breathless, dramatic way it’s described:
Less than 24 hours ago, the McCain campaign launched the latest and lowest in a series of misleading attack ads.
This Karl Rove-style ploy misleads people about Barack’s energy plan and even mocks his ability to inspire voters and bring Americans back into the political process.
Watchdogs in the media are calling McCain’s accusations “bogus,” “desperate,” “wrong,” “misleading,” “ugly,” “offensive,” “reckless,” and “a nasty turn into the gutter.”
Some of McCain’s own supporters agree. One senior Republican strategist quoted by the Washington Post called the latest ad a “wild swing at Obama” that reflects his campaign’s “increasing bitterness” and the lack of “any coherent strategy to elect McCain.”
Even John Weaver, a strategist who worked for McCain’s presidential campaign in 2000 and on his current campaign last year, called the ad “childish,” adding that this negative strategy “diminishes John McCain” and “needs to stop.”
Sometimes I think Glenn Greenwald or Andrew Sullivan must write some of this junk.Â Implying that a candidate is more of a celebrity than a serious contender for president is, “bogus,” “desperate,” “wrong,” “misleading,” “ugly,” “offensive,” “reckless,” and “a nasty turn into the gutter”? Seriously?Â Â Yeah, I know part of it they are quoting from “media watchdogs” and others, but clearly this email was designed to say that the Obama campaign was in full agreement.
Make sure to watch the ad again.Â Then after that, think about how Obama has repeatedly injected race not into just the general election campaign, but the primary season as well against Hillary Clinton, and then tell me who is “nasty” and “low” and “ugly” and “offensive” and “in the gutter.”