Hillary’s Fear Ad and Obama’s Response

Hillary’s latest ad is badass. The essential equation is “Won’t somebody think of the children” + fear. The straight up honesty involved in such a tact is refreshing. Hillary Clinton is going to manipulate the shit out of you running for office, and if elected, will continue to do so. How very McCain “liberal conservative” of her. Via Pam at Pandagon(text quoted from ABC) :

“It’s 3:00am and your children are asleep,” the voice over says. “There’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Something is happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call.”

Whether someone knows the world’s leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead. It’s 3am and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

Obama’s response video provides an alternative appeal. The strange idea that more than having any experience, it is having the correct experience that counts:

It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. ¬†Something’s happening in the world. When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one – the only one – who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start… Who understood the REAL threat to America was al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, not Iraq. Who led the effort to secure loose nuclear weapons around the globe… In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters. I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message..”

Experience is a liability if you’ve made the wrong decisions. Barack Obama’s ad makes that a central point in this campaign, and one that will be of equal use when he faces off against McCain in November.

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4 Responses

  1. Obama is also showing a new way to win a campaign. Very Zen like, parry, use your enemies own energy and momentum against them and then finish them off.

    Expect the McCain campaign to get even uglier. Through surrogates of course.

  2. In a democracy one person shouldn’t be making any solo decisions without advice and intelligence. This advances the unitary executive theory and the increasing power of the president under a ticking bomb-esque scenario. But in the candidates competition and lazy corporate media the question of co-equal and democractic governance is missing. And the assumption America is under attack in an ahistorical vacuum not the realisation this is an empire, meeting resistance. I mean wouldn’t you find it odd if Liechtenstein had a military base in your neighbourhood?

  3. Just one of the many reasons I would never vote for the slime, named hillary clinton. Seriously she is just as bad as the dirtiest politicians. Be very afraid and vote for me…..my ass. I live in Texas and Ive been thinking about voting for obama, in the primary because I know ron paul will never get the nomination, and this little bullshit add just sealed the deal. Obama better not get screwed by the super delegates.

  4. Brian I almost agree with you on voting for Obama. I am not going to let someones rehearsed, coached, and otherwise unoriginal display (Hitlery) talk me out of my decision. I look at record not rhetoric. I’m penciling in Ron Paul in RI today if he’s not on the ballot (which has happened in many primaries already).

    Obama’s record is more sound than Hitlerie’s or McVain’s but none are as consistent as Paul’s. Past performance means everything here not current deception.

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