RNC’s New Ad Fails In Several Ways

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Here’s a new ad from those wacky jesters over at the RNC. It attacks Barack Obama for supporting the bailout that the House approved yesterday. Yes, that’s right: two (2) problems here. John McCain supported the bailout and, according to the man himself, made other House Republicans vote for it. And the bailout, as you may recall, didn’t pass. What gives? Oh that SILLY RNC: “The Republican National Committee’s new advertisement critical of the the Wall Street ‘bailout’ was produced and sent to television stations in key states before the package failed, officials at two stations said.” [YouTube, Ben Smith]

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  • Terry

    “The Republican National Committee’s new advertisement critical of the the Wall Street ‘bailout’ was produced and sent to television stations in key states before the package failed, officials at two stations said.”

    Oooh, run that ad every 15 minutes then in all the swing states.

  • grendel

    Do they have a group of coke-addicted gibbons running their shit? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more disorganized or craptacular campaign.

  • jinmoom

    Republicans used to be so good at this stuff – what the hell happened?

  • Serolf Divad

    Actually, the ad is even sleazier than that. The juxtaposition of the Wall Street bailout and “Barack Obama’s plan” is a complete non-sequitur. They’re talking about Obama’s post-election spending priorities, but doing so in a way that it sounds like they’re ascribing the bailout to him. This is basically Bush using the words “9/11” and “Saddam Hussein” in the same sentence over and over again, without explicitly saying that Hussein pulled the trigger.

  • loudmouthredhead

    Was this made by the same morans who made the “McCain wins debate!” line, or the crew that made “Dewey beats Truman!”

  • SayItWithWookies

    McCain has just transcended the “for it before he was against it” meme. He’s now for it while he’s against it. Is that mavericky or what?

  • Canuckledragger

    In a related story, John McCain today issued a scathing critique of the 2002 legislation authorizing the President to declare war upon Iraq.

    “This is insane and ONLY the Democrats could support so foolhardy a measure.”

  • loudmouthredhead

    [re=115157]grendel[/re]: Nah, even feces-flinging monkeys would have been more tasteful, and accurate, than this.

  • irisheyes

    Okay kiddies-the photo Dept. has done it again. The following link shows a Patriotic Reagan, a loveable Clinton, and a Premenstrual Palin. It’s delightful.

  • loudmouthredhead

    OH I GET IT…”John McCain also voted for this terrible idea, but that’s ’cause he’s a MAVERICK!”
    That’s the missing 2nd part.

  • medievalist

    It’s hard to say “Americans aren’t that stupid” and mean it, but damn, Americans are not that stupid.

  • loudmouthredhead

    [re=115168]irisheyes[/re]: That just made my morning. Thank you CNN!

  • mattbolt

    McCain needs to harness his FAMOUS TEMPER(tm) and just start chopping heads for this amateur-hour shit. Between 2004 and 2008, the RNC’s ad guys went from cruel, calculated Rove-guided evil geniuses into a bunch of college kids making juvenile, one-dimensional, limp-wristed ads that are so off-point and factually wrong they become punchlines themselves.

  • Serolf Divad


    Wait… isn’t that the chick from “Species?”

  • Itsjustme

    [re=115157]grendel[/re]: Yes, McCain and Palin…

  • Itsjustme

    [re=115165]SayItWithWookies[/re]: No, it is senility.

  • Freshly Minted Hobo Jack Mehoff

    Nice Irish. When will the Republicans release that commercial they have in the can blaming Barack Obama for destroying John McCains presidential campaign? Did they decide that was too factual?

  • Carrie_Okie

    Is it true they’ve moved the location of the Bush prezzy liBary to HOOVERVILLE over by DUST BOWL County? Just wondering…

  • Canuckledragger

    [re=115177]Serolf Divad[/re]: You would be referring to Canuckistani actress Natasha Henstridge? Meh. Just a typical Canuckistani girl next door.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    I dunno – technically, the pussy-footed around the bi-partisan support (and, mind you, rejection) of the bailout package and went on to say that Obama would spend even MORE money after the bailout.

    I like the melty buildings, though. Some really great special effects there.

  • loudmouthredhead

    [re=115176]mattbolt[/re]: Don’t forget they also apparently discovered the neato melty effects in Adobe Premier.

    “…so little thought required, even a republican could use it!”(sm)(tm)(c)

  • memzilla

    I thought all we had to do was keep buying Chinese crap at WalMart and have China lend us back the money. It’s worked so well before!

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …at this rate, I expect to see an ad touting John McCain’s victory and electoral college landslide sometime next week.

  • Godot

    [re=115157]grendel[/re]: Speaking of coke-addicted, that melting effect on the Wall Street sign was super trippy.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=115168]irisheyes[/re]: CNN IS IN THE TANK! (She looks like she just discovered a booger on her shoe.)

  • SelfDeprecatingFed

    Umm… That add is right. It didn’t criticize the bailout, it criticizing promoting socialism AFTER the bailout.

  • Delicious

    [re=115183]Carrie_Okie[/re]: Thanks for the link.

    A Hooverville was the popular name for a shanty town built by homeless men in the depression years. The term was coined by Charles Michelson, publicity chief of the Democratic National Committee.

    Seems like the RNC could use someone like Charles Michelson.

    Yeah, it sucks to be a loser.

  • Monkey

    [re=115174]medievalist[/re]: I sadly disagree. Most Americans are as smart as the latest campaign ad on television, i.e., that stupid.

  • Sussemilch

    [re=115168]irisheyes[/re]: but omits a misunderestimated Bush. HMMMMM.

  • Reefpilot

    Youtube ad manager, Alan Jacobi, of the Obama campaign responded today about the new Mccain attack ads. “We’re not going there. Let the fuckers lose this thing for themselves. We’re taking a more retro approach.”

    Jacobi then unveiled the new Obama/Biden Internet viral ad campaign, an homage to the “Bacardi and Cola” late night commercials, where Senators Obama and Biden sport 1970s/Miami Vice duds and team up for something we all can believe in… tagging hot bitches.

  • Serolf Divad


    After the bailout criticizing Socialism is downright un-American, wouldn’t you say?

  • Norbert

    [re=115217]Reefpilot[/re]: haha. i thought the white guy was John Kerry in the first shot.

  • LeslieBee

    Stations that don’t save the RNC from their own stupidity are obviously IN THE TANK.

  • Babeouf

    Bail, bail, bail, me out.
    Capitals a scream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily drown them in a stream.

  • Miller

    Don’t get your dirty facts in Walnut’s tele-magic. He’s farmed out the embarrassment to the RNC, so they can take some of the load of the constantly embarrassing main McCain campaign. It’s hard work being so factually bereft.

  • Tawmn

    This is the third instance (in like 5 days or so) that the McCain campaign has jumped the gun in the press or on the campaign trail… When do the fine citizens of America start realizing that The political posturing surrounding this bailout debacle is fully a stunt orchestrated by these fucking keystone kops?

    I need a shower.

  • populucious

    Ah, the plan finally crystalizes: John McCain plans to be fully responsible for both the total success and absolute failure of the bailout plan, as long as he gets full credit for both. For, in these confusing times, it is only by garanteeing full success and absolute failure of this plan that he can possibly pander to every single person in America.

    Thus are great leaders made!

  • Doc Gerbil

    So are they for the bailout before they were against it?

    Where does Sarah stand on this issue?

    So confusing…