New Ad Plans to Scare You Into Voting for McCain

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We’re with Wonkette: this is one of the worst campaign ads in a long time. From the weird Survivor-like wind pipes at the beginning, to the ominous music, to the scary echoing audio, to the complete lack of coherent message… just terrible all around. Wonkette’s hypothesis: “McCain’s depressed campaign team clearly wants him to drop out and settle at one of those Del Webb retirement communities in Phoenix, where he’ll have far less opportunity to start a nuclear war with somebody. This isn’t a campaign ad so much as a cry for help.” Hard to argue.

It seems like the kind of campaign that other aging dark war horse, Dick Cheney, might run. (And, yes, I’ve blogged about four candidates for the Republican nomination in one morning.)

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