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The Democratic National Committee buttresses the Obama campaign spotlight on McCain negative campaign tactics.

From the McCain campaign......

"If there is a low road, Barack Obama's campaign paved it, because they launched the first negative attack ad in this election. Pointing to your opponents worldwide celebrity and serious lack of experience is not the 'low road' - sorry that's a serious stretch." ---Tucker Bounds, spokesman


MCCAIN WATCH: DESPERATE TIMES, DESPERATE MEASURES
Same Failed Bush Policies, Same Old Rove Politics

Washington, DC - Although McCain promised "a respectful campaign," now that his campaign is in trouble McCain has embraced the divisive tactics he once denounced. The McCain campaign's steady stream of false negative attacks has been met by criticism from all sides - from major media outlets fact-checking his ads to Republican strategists condemning his aggressive negativity. Yet all signs point to McCain continuing on his negative course, unhampered by facts - and guided by a "Who's Who" of former Bush-Rove advisers.

McCain's recent statements were described as "scurrilous" and "desperate" by Joe Klein in TIME, and the New York Times characterized his attacks as "sophomoric" and "false." Fact-checks and coverage of his ads found them "false" and, in the words of USA Today, "baloney." Former McCain strategist John Weaver even called McCain's latest ad "childish" and warned that his new negative course "reduces McCain."

Americans can expect more of the! same from McCain, who has embraced Bush adviser Karl Rove and his ove r-the-top negative tactics. The Washington Post reported that McCain is taking on "the aggressive, take-no-prisoners style of Karl Rove" while the New York Times printed that McCain has "wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook." The Houston Chronicle described McCain's new negative tactics as "strikingly reminiscent" of Bush's 2004 campaign.

While Americans are looking for change, McCain is offering more of the same failed Bush policies and the same old Rove politics. As the McCain campaign gets further and further from his promise of a "respectful" campaign, they're proving just how out of touch McCain is with Americans -- and how far he is from being the change the country ! needs.

MCCAIN'S TRIP DOWN THE LOW ROAD

McCain Promises "A Respectful Campaign." As reported by CNN, "I have pledged to conduct a respectful campaign. And I have urged, time after time, various entities within the Republican Party to also do that." [CNN, 4/28/08]

McCain's Allies Thrown by Negative Tactics. The intensity of the recent drive -- which has included some assertions from the McCain campaign that have been widely dismissed as misleading -- has surprised even some allies of McCain, who has frequently spoken about the need for civility in politics. The sentiment seeped onto television on Wednesday with Andrea Tantaros, a Republican strategist, saying on MSNBC that the use of Hilton in McCain's commercial was "absurd and juvenile," and that he should spend more time promoting his own agenda. [Houston Chronicle, 7/30/08]
McCain Hired Bush Campaign Operatives, Went Negative. "On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook...Mr. McCain used to pride himself on being above this ugly brand of politics, which killed his own 2000 presidential bid. But he clearly tossed his inhibitions aside earlier this month when he put day-to-day management of his campaign in the hands of one acolyte of Mr. Rove and gave top positions to two others. The résumés of the new team's members included stints in Mr. Bush's White House and in his 2004 re-election campaign, one of the most negative and divisive in memory." [New York Times, 7/30/08]
McCain Campaign Goes Aggressively ! Negative. As reported by the New York Times, "The old happy warrior side of Mr. McCain has been eclipsed a bit lately by a much more aggressive, and more negative, Mr. McCain who hammers Mr. Obama repeatedly on policy differences, experience and trustworthiness." [New York Times, 7/30/08]
Republicans Express Concern about McCain's Negative Campaigning. As reported by the New York Times, "Mr. McCain is clearly trying to sow doubts about his younger opponent, and bring him down a peg or two. But some Republicans worry that by going negative so early, and initiating so many of the attacks himself rather than leaving them to others, Mr. McCain risks coming across as angry or partisan in a way that could turn off some independents who have been attracted by his calls for respectful campaigning." [New York Times, 7/30/08]
McCain Goes Back on Promise of Positive, Releases "Troops" Ad and Attack. For four ! days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama o f snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true. The attacks are part of a newly aggressive McCain operation whose aim is to portray the Democratic presidential candidate as a craven politician more interested in his image than in ailing soldiers, a senior McCain adviser said. They come despite repeated pledges by the Republican that he will never question his rival's patriotism. [Washington Post, 7/29/08]

MCCAIN'S APPRECIATION OF ROVE

McCain Embraces Rove-Style Politics. As Election Day nears, McCain's campaign is adopting the aggressive, take-no-prisoners style of Karl Rove, the GOP operative who engineered victories for President Bush. The campaign continued the attack Wednesday with a sarcastic television ad deriding Obama as a "celebrity," part of an intensifying effo! rt to cast him as an elitist." [Washington Post, 7/31/08]

McCain Adopts Rove's "Low-Minded and Uncivil Playbook." "On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook." [New York Times, 7/30/08]

McCain Would Be "Glad" To Receive Rove's Advice. "Listen, nobody denies he's one of the smartest political minds in America. I'd be glad to get his advice. I get advice from a lot of people. I'd be happy to have his advice. He beat me, I certainly would be glad to get his advice. I don't think I'd want to revisit how he did it. And I mean that -- I mean that -- I don't feel like r! eliving my defeat." [CNN, 2/9/08]

McCain on Rove's Aggressive Tactics. "I've always respected Karl Rove as one of the great smart political minds in American politics. I've always respected him. We never had any ill will after the initial South Carolina thing, after we had the meeting with President Bush. We moved on. I've seen Karl Rove many times when I've been over at the White House. We've always had pleasant conversations. It's not so much whether I approve of his tactics or not. It's that he had a very good, great political mind. And any information or advice and counsel he can give us, I'd be glad to have. I don't think anybody denies his talents. So I'd be glad to get any advice and council. We would obviously decide whether to accept it or not." [CNN, 2/9/08]

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4 Comments

2008 is not 2004---the American public understands the tactics of Karl Rove along with his other misdeeds at taxpayer expense. Rove sees himself as being above the rule of law; many devious acts in the past 7+ years point in his direction. One might think McCain would want to stay away of this unsavory character, rather he embraces Karl Rove. This can not be the healthiest of relationships.

Hillary looks even less like "those other presidents" and yet she got more popular votes than Obama. Maybe experience rather than looks are more important??!!

Attention DNC and Superdelegates - there's still time to nominate Hillary in Denver and have a winning candidate!!

JOHN MCCAIN TALKS OUT BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH,
NOW IT COMES OUT THAT JOHNNY BOY HAD AN AD MADE
UP ABOUT OBAMA VISITING THE TROOPS, BUT OBAMA
DIDN'T VISIT THE TROOPS, SO MCCAIN WASTED SOME
MONEY, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A RICH WIFE, AND YOU
GET 2,000 DOLLARS A MONTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU
CAN WASTE MONEY!
HAVE FUN SPEAKING TO THE URBAN LEAGUE, THEY ARE
GOING TO GO TO SLEEP ON YOU BUDDY!
YOU CAN'T READ FROM A TELEPROMPTER!

In politics, which is usually of the 'win at any cost' school, it is well to look behind the picture and wonder who created the picture and for what purpose. Donald Sagreti and Roger Stone became the Nixon 'dirty tricksters.' Roger is in a partnership with McCain Top Gun Charlie Black, in Black, Maniford, and Stone (+Quinn). Roger's long term employee Scott Reed (no relation to Ralph) is often quoted as a Republican Strategist. When the public see an image, such as the Obama posters on the fence near the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the response is to think the Obama staff put the posters there, and indeed the Israeli police said the Obama put them there. Are the Obama people that stupid? No way. There was no proof, yet, who did this insensitive act, but the beneficiary would clearly be McCain, to show Obama's staff to be illiterate in foreign affairs. My guess is that this was a 'dirty trick' which would cost not more than $100 to a few kids to pull off. Same with the visit to the soldiers, to set up a damned if you do and if you don't scenario. I live next to Walter Reed Army Hospital, my family is career Army, we go often to visit the injured and see Bush, Chaney, Gates going to visit, too, but if you ask me the "Obama refuses to meet with wounded American soldiers" was a dirty trick. There will be a number of these 'set-ups,' such as the Brittany/Paris with Obama ad, which crassly plays on the mythic heart of white male racism, the fear of African American male sexual power, but good people, let us not fall for the bait, let us insist that the media vigorously inquire about who is behind what. T.Boone Pickens was behind the Swift Boat ads against Kerry, & now he has repented. King David set up Uriah the Hittite, having him killed in battle, to steal his wife Bathsheba, and it took Nathan the Prophet to confront David and bring him to repentance. Now we, the American public, must be the One to call for accountability and throw aside our gullibility for the photo op of the press and demand in-depth investigations into who is attempting to manipulate our political process.

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