Now, this is more like it. Somehow, this ad manages to convey out of touch, same old crapola with enough of a hint of mockery to make McCain the person you want to laugh at. Which, incidentally, is not the candidate you want to be when running for the presidency. Just watch:

1982. John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn’t. 

He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an email.

Still doesn’t understand the economy. And favors two hundred billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class.

After one President who was out of touch…We just can’t afford more of the same.

For the disco ball and McCain with sideburn-ish hairiness pictures alone, this one is worth the watch. But when you get to his slick-assed grin while standing by George W. Bush at the end? That says it all.

His badly vetted Veep selection keeps flaunting her shallow depths in public: Iraq was part of the 9/11 attacks? Discredited ages ago, dear. Doesn’t know what preemptive doctrine is? Yep, there’s a finger I want on the nuclear button.   So the ad has a double whammy of hitting McCain in his cluelessness and his lengthy time inside the Beltway, at a time when his "fresh face" is looking not so fresh. Yowza!

Credit where credit is due:  Rahm Emmanuel said on a call this morning that with McCain/Palin, you get the economic policies of Bush and the foreign policies of Cheney.   Ugh.  More of the same in an even less-appetizing package.  Who would have thought that possible?

The second ad is Obama, looking directly into the camera, and speaking to the American people, rebutting the GOP whisper campaign head-on. And I think it may be the more effective of the two — see what you think:

Here’s the script on it — but you have to watch it to really get the tone:

We’ve heard a lot of talk about change this year. The question is, change to what?

To me, change is a government that doesn’t let banks and oil companies rip off the American people.

Change is when we finally fix health care instead of just talking about it.

Change is giving tax breaks to middle class families instead of companies that send jobs overseas.

Change is a president who brings people together.

I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message because this year, change has to be more than a slogan.

So, what do you all think? What works and what doesn’t for you?

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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