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madeline_con Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-05-08 12:52 AM
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Turning on a dime - Has McCain's "Celebobama" TV attack ad
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Turning on a dime - Has McCain's "Celebobama" TV attack ad knocked the Obama campaign juggernaut off-course?
Posted August 5, 2008 | 12:01 AM (EST)

A Moment in Time
There was an infinitesimal moment just before McCain's "Celeobama" ad hit the airwaves when even Republicans held their breath, hedging their comments and ready to bail out should the ad backfire. The media, which can normally be counted on to exploit political missteps, also seemed ready to laugh off the old man. They were prepared to label it an act of desperation - the kiss of death in any campaign.

But Obama chose to respond with sarcasm rather than indignation - and so opened the floodgates that led to the worse possible insult that his campaign could ever suffer: not being taken seriously. Obama's oft-quoted sound bite, and his initial response to McCain, "...is that the best you can come up with?" sounded too dismissive and, alas!, arrogant. It actually played right into the ad's contention that he was beginning to act like a celebrity instead of acting like a president.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mario-almonte/turning-on-...


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