Well, not exactly, but close enough.
Seriously, I am having a hard time keeping up with all these negative, and purposely distorted ads. Here's the latest in what will surely be many by the time November rolls around.
Obama didn't brush off the troops. The story is complex, but that's definitely not how it went down.
"Why do you think he didn't go?" Larry King asked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Monday night, referring to Sen. Barack Obama's scrubbed trip to visited wounded veterans at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany.Nor did he brush them off and "make time to go to the gym" as this ad infers. Notice the stereotypical image of a loafing black man shooting a basketball in the background. Because what could be more stereotypically black than shooting basketball?
"I have no idea except that I know that according to reports that he wanted to bring media people and cameras and his campaign staffers," McCain said.
The part about wanting to bring the media is decidedly not true. There were never any plans for Obama to "bring media people and cameras." Never.
The issue was, according to sources in both the Pentagon and the Obama campaign, whether Obama could bring Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration (Ret.), an adviser to his campaign.
After the Pentagon told Gration he couldn't come, since he was officially seen as a campaign staffer and not as a former military man, that's when Obama scrubbed the trip.
He actually spoke to troops in a gym in Kuwait, not Berlin as this ad infers, before taking a quick moment to shoot a flatfooted three pointer, which he just happened to make on the first try.
I wouldn't exactly call that brushing someone off and "making time to go to the gym".
Furthermore, if McCain cares sooo much about our troops, why did he vote down the GI Bill a few months back, and miss every hearing for the past two years of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Afghanistan? Obama can't hold a hearing on Afghanistan, being that he's on the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Europe.
Afghanistan isn't in Europe, last time I checked.
Maybe McCain should try doing as he says before he blames others for inaction.
Seriously, I knew the attack ads were coming sooner, rather than later. With the Olympics on the horizon, the race for the White House is about to take the backburner, so I guess this is Cotton Hill's awkward grasp at gaining some belated momentum. But is this really the way to go about it?
I thought McCain himself said he'd be beyond this sort of politricks.
Then again, desperation makes people do some truly odd things.
Like this other new ad that links Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. No, seriously.
And they also made Barry throw rapper Ludacris under the bus for this recent freestyle. No, seriously.
Spool32 and Daedalus, please tell me ya'll don't approve of such gutter tactics.
John McCain is thisclose to ending up on a future edition of People I Strongly Dislike.
Question: Do you think the McCain campaign is making a mistake by going negative so early? Attack ads have proven to work in the past, but do you think the America public is truly fed up with them?
McCain Camp Continues Unsubstantiated Inconsistent Attacks on Obama Over Germany Trip [ABCNews]
McCain Ad Links Paris Hilton, Britney Spears To Obama [HuffPost]
Ludacris Obama Video Denounced [HuffPost]