Election 08 Politics

John McCain Vs Spain

So last night, McCain gave a strange interview in which he refused to say whether – once elected – he’d meet with Spanish president Zapatero or not. Not only that, but he changed the subject to Latin America several times, despite the reporter clarifying that she was asking his prospective administration’s relationship with Spain.

This comes at a time when people are starting to whisper about McCain’s mental acuity.

Today McCain’s campaign told the Washington Post that he meant to snub Spain like that. Now I don’t think that McCain’s becoming senile. I think he either wasn’t paying attention, or didn’t understand the question. But what I find scary is the vehemence with which his campaign declared that he meant what he said. It says a lot that McCain would rather damage ties to a NATO country than admit he made a mistake. Of course, if it was a senile moment and I was his spokesperson, I’d be telling everyone that he meant what he said, no matter how bad it sounded. Oh, he said he’d invade Canada? Uh, yep, he meant that.

Election 08 Politics

Plan for Change

A new 2 minute-long ad from Obama spells out what he wants to do once in office.

Personally I love it: it’s substantive, logical, and it highlights the effects to the working class. But I’m not sure if your average low-information voter is going to sit through 2 minutes of, well, just talking. Maybe I’m underestimating the average American, but there’s a reason why most political ads are 30 second long “hit-and-run” style messages, with exciting graphics and the reassuring bass growl of a narrator.

This actually hits on the reason why I simultaneously respect Obama so much, and fear for the election: he’s not speaking down to people. He’s not telling them what to think, he’s not pushing smears, he’s not peddling to the lowest denominator. If America reacts to open, honest discussion of the issues, I’ll raise a glass to a people whose judgement survived 8 years of empty politics. But if they don’t, then they’ll have earned what they get in McCain.

Election 08 Politics

More slogan theft

Since once wasn’t enough, the McCain campaign has now decided to coopt Obama’s message a second time.

Mere days after the Obama campaign rolled out their new slogan “Change We Need” – a subtle change to their previous “Change We Can Believe In” – we see this post banking crisis ad. But wait, what message does the ad end on?

John McCain: Changing my message to whatever you think you need.

Seems Obama noticed.