October 7th, 2008
02:49 PM ET

McCain's desperate claim: Obama is dangerous. Vote for me if you want to live!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/07/art.mccain.cu.jpg]Arianna Huffington
Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post

The McCain campaign is all set to roll out its message for the last 30 days of the campaign: "We may not be good for your bank account, your mortgage, your health care, or your job security - but none of that will matter if you are dead. John McCain: If You Want to Live."

It's coming a little earlier than expected, but with an imploding economy and no solutions from the McCain camp other than yet another round of tax cuts, Team McCain is hitting the GOP's default key: Be Very Afraid!

The title of McCain's latest TV ad says it all: "Dangerous." The ad brands Obama as "dishonorable," "dangerous," and "too risky for America." That's right, folks, it time to appeal to the voters' Lizard Brains.

For the moment, McCain is allowing his high-sticking hockey mom to lead the fear-mongering parade, accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists" and not seeing America "like you and I see America." For bad measure, Palin also teamed up with her mentor Bill "Henry Higgins" Kristol to re-pry the manhole cover off the Jeremiah Wright sewer.

But Palin's Alaska crude will soon be mixed with McCain's own Maverick mud. At a Colorado town hall last Thursday, McCain was asked, "When are you going to take the gloves off?" His grinning reply: "How about Tuesday night?" So how long into Debate II do you think it will be before McCain brings up Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, or Tony Rezko?

Clearly, McCain has concluded that the only way he can get enough votes is to pay for them with his once-valued dignity and honor. And it appears he's not planning to leave any of that precious personal capital in the bank by the time election day rolls around.

So here it comes. One last desperate, pathetic, sordid attempt to distract the country from anything resembling a real debate about a real issue. Don't have health care? Rezko, Rezko, Rezko. Wonder why our financial system is on the brink of collapse? Ayers, Ayers, Ayers. Worried about whether we'll ever get out of Iraq? Wright, Wright, Wright.


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. jw

    Mccain is using same old scare tactics as Bush has aways used.
    Best thing to do is vote everybody out of the house also , and get new
    ones in office.

    October 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  2. joyce dolan

    I really fear for Obama's life now. If Sarah tells enough people that
    Obama is "not one of us" and is "palling around with terrorists", many
    people will feel so threatened that they would assume it is all right
    to kill what they perceive to be a Black, Muslim terrorist rather than
    allow him to be elected to President. This is very scary racist stuff!

    October 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  3. Dean Spokane

    Please explain to me how Gov. Palin's son is protecting U.S. Citizens right to protest by being in Iraq? Stupid is as stupid does.

    October 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Sandra

    Obama is scary!! It's even scarier that people are willing to overlook his associations with Ayers, Rev. Wright and Obamas own Anti American behavior. And still, even scarier than all that, Obama running the country and causing the loss of jobs with his economic policies that will NOT work in a bad economy.

    October 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  5. Kay in WV

    Where are Obama's plans? And what are we supposed to look at to assess his abilities? His inexperience speaks for itself. All his campaign and allies do is deflect from the real issues. He is as bad as McCain with less of a record and less bipartisan accomplishments. What does he have more of? Ties to Goldman Sachs.

    October 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  6. LaRae Roberts

    Anderson Cooper. This is for you. The planet in peril has lots of time. It can wait.
    We only have a few weeks. Please get off the desk and do "Our Democracy in Peril" on exposing the truth about Obama. We need some else in the media besides FOX who truly cares about this truth getting to all Americans everywhere.

    October 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  7. EJ (USA)

    Perhaps McCain & Palin think race riots will spice up their campaign.

    October 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  8. Valerie

    I can not believe that Palin and McCain can get away with this crap!
    Where is this country heading, it is frightening to think that Ms. Palin can incite a crowd into yelling out Kill him, and no one stands up to her. She is supposed to be a christian? Perhaps she has been taken over by a witch and evil spirits despite the hands on of her preachers. She needs to get a grip. Americans don't need her kind! God Help America if McCain/Palin win this election.

    October 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  9. Brittany from Atlanta

    I feel that this is ridiculous. But I am hoping that it doesn't change anything. There are a lot of people (not everyone) who refuse to vote for Obama for all the wrong reasons. And I feel that these smear tactics won't change anyone's mind, but instead help those people justify their ignorance. Throughout this whole campaign the republicans have been trying to connect Obama to this person or that person because they can't find any significant flaws of the man himself. And I feel like the republicans are huge hypocrites in many ways. One being this: They are trying to tie Obama to a man that he served on a board with quite some time ago. A man who happened to be a "domestic terrorist" (also known as an "anti-war activist" but the media will never call him that) who was a part of non-fatal bombings protesting the war... WHEN OBAMA WAS 8 YEARS OLD! Something that Obama, at 8 years old, obviously had NOTHING TO DO WITH! Yet, McCain WAS A PART of the Keating 5. He ACTUALLY PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THE SCANDAL. And they have the audacity to criticize Obama's campaign for bringing it up AFTER the Ayers smear. I say, let's get back to the issues. I'm sick and tired of having to listen to the republicans try to distract everyone from the VERY REAL issues at hand by attacking Obama about these petty associations. I want you to sit and think of all the people you have associated yourself with and honestly say that none of them have done things that you didn't agree with or things you didn't know about when you first initiated that association. Let's get back on the ball. McSame... what are you going to do for the middle class American people?!?

    October 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
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