Thursday, August 21, 2008

Obama Attacks McCain's Decadence

By: Harry Waisbren

The recent video on McCain's Mansions from Fox Attacks has had quite the tangible effect. Since then, McCain has been asked how many houses he really owns and gave this response:
"I think -- I'll have my staff get to you," McCain said. "It's condominiums
where -- I'll have them get to you."

The answer, according to the group Progressive Accountability, is an even 10 homes, ranches, condos, and lofts, together worth a combined estimated $13,823,269.

So the salt of the Earth everyman maverickman named McCain has lost count of how many houses he owns. Obama has already jumped on this massive gaffe with a new ad highlighting how out of touch McCain really is:

Shockingly, the McCain campaign responded with their usual petulance by wailing "bu-bu-but Obama does it too". They are off message though, clearly rattled from being so extremely pissed off.

This ad should only be the beginning of a much larger narrative about John McCain's hypocrisy to even suggest that Obama, a black man raised by a single mother, is remotely an elitist in comparison to him. Matt Stoller jumped on the ball in this respect and produced a web-video that depicts just how much/little John McCain really cares about the middle and lower class:

I look at the Fox Attacks video and the resulting uproar as a case study in how non-Karl Rove fed narratives can be injected into a campaign. Stoller's response is also something that I believe will be vastly replicated, and I hope to utilize my chapter of Campus Progress to do just that sort of work.

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