Very slowly the establishment media is beginning to call McCain on his new super negative ads. Even Republican pundits are worrying if McCain is going too negative too early.
By doing so, Mr. McCain is clearly trying to sow doubts about his younger opponent, and bring him down a peg or two. But some Republicans worry that by going negative so early, and initiating so many of the attacks himself rather than leaving them to others, Mr. McCain risks coming across as angry or partisan in a way that could turn off some independents who have been attracted by his calls for respectful campaigning.
Obama’s campaign has decided to address the issue head on.
McCain’s latest anti-Obama ad using Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears has even brought McCain’s long term strategist John Weaver, to denounce the campaign management.
With the release today of a McCain television ad blasting Obama for celebrity preening while gas prices rise, and a memo that accuses Obama of putting his own aggrandizement before the country, Weaver said he’s had “enough.” The ad’s premise, he said, is “childish.” “John’s been a celebrity ever since he was shot down,” Weaver said. “Whatever that means. And I recall Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush going overseas and all those waving American flags.”
Juan Cole has suggested that the perfect celebrity pairing for John McNasty would be Amy Winehouse and Naomi Cambell. Any other suggestions?