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McCain’s best potential debate line

Posted by James McPherson on August 2, 2008

The McCain campaign has released a new Web ad titled “The One,” featuring Barack Obama and Moses (as played by Charlton Heston). I found the ad mildly amusing, though of course virtually everything in it was taken out of context. The GOP obviously has figured out that with no meaningful issues, negative campaigning is their only chance of victory–that’s why almost all of their advertising talks far more about Obama than about McCain. It’s sad that the “straight-talk express” has run so far off the rails.

I do look forward to the debates, when McCain can tell Obama: “I knew Moses. Moses was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Moses.”

Below you can see the original version of that retort, from the 1988 vice presidential debate of two decades ago.

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One Response to “McCain’s best potential debate line”

  1. […] my observations of recent weeks that the John McCain campaign steadily becomes increasingly silly, increasingly desperate, and–despite recent polls–decreasingly likely to win the […]

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