"This goes against everything we think we know about John McCain, that he likes to surround himself with people that he's comfortable with, that are loyal to him. And all of a sudden, this is a political calculation, and it's gimmicky, and the gimmick could wear out."
- McCain has traditionally opposed negative "attack" ads, but in a last ditch effort, has decided to use them against Obama. These ads, coupled with Governor Palin's relentless efforts to draw a connection between Obama and "terrorist" William Ayers, have led to widespread and intentional misinformation. Horrifically, McCain's inadequate attempts to correct this situation may actually endanger our next President.
- McCain has resurrected what is essentially Bush's campaign team, the same group that smeared him and his family in 2000. At the helm is Steve Schmidt, a former protege of Karl Rove. Remember Palin's rousing acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention? Matthew Scully, a former Bush speech writer, wrote it.
- In another attempt to appease the conservative base, McCain has changed positions on the Bush tax cuts & Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling, two proposals which he ardently opposed eight years ago. At the time, the only other Republican Senator to vote with him, Lincoln Chafee, told Rolling Stone, "Sadly, sadly, sadly--McCain has flip-flopped...McCain is putting himself first."
- In perhaps their most despicable move yet, the McCain campaign will now broaden its attack ads to include Michelle Obama. The connection is decades old and flimsy at best, and McCain has repeatedly deemed spouses off limits, but it appears as though his managers have taken the reigns.