John McCain's attempt to relive those glory days of FDR's fireside chats is already paying dividends. Today, bad jokes, tomorrow...more bad jokes.
John McCain is mocking the oratorical gifts of Barack Obama, recommending that he “should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket.”
“Taking in my opponent's performances is a little like watching a big summer blockbuster,” McCain sneers in his weekly radio address, “and an hour in, realizing that all the best scenes were in the trailer you saw last fall.”
Those of you watching the Olympics may also notice the difference between McCain and Obama's ads. Obama's are about Obama and him being president, McCain's are about Obama and him being fancy. I'm just having a hard time understanding what McCain's message is supposed to be - obviously, there's the whole elitist angle to this, but the entire point of the elite angle is that people don't like elites. The evidence for Obama's elite credentials is that he's very popular and people like what he says. Far from being detached, Obama's right in the thick of things, drawing people to his positions, rallying them around his beliefs. While we all understand that such things are largely impossible for John McCain to accomplish - few like watching a bitter man read things he's not familiar with uncomfortably off of a poorly located teleprompter - perhaps it would help him not to associate his opponent with, you know, being competent.
Plus, John McCain is like a troubled blockbuster that was supposed to be released in June but, due to going over budget and getting really bad feedback from test audiences, gets a half hour chopped off and is shoved out the door in October as counterprogramming to the latest installment of the Saw saga. Snap.
And in case you were wondering, Saw V is coming out on October 24, 2008, officially disproving the existence of Jesus.
BONUS FUNNY: The Obama campaign is like the Kremlin, because they didn't immediately say "bomb Russia" when the opportunity presented itself. Fuck, at least the McCain campaign didn't run the Bernie Mac ad they had in the quiver.