Thursday, February 14, 2008

McCopycain creep-out

I thought it was just a little odd when McCain made Hillary Clinton's slogan the slogan on his campaign website. Ready to Lead on Day One! Is he mocking her? Completely lacking any positive ideas of his own? Well, now, my friends, he is lifting lines from Obama's speeches and making them his own. Mocking again? He seriously creeps me out.

“John McCain is an American hero,” Mr. Obama said before a huge, cheering crowd. “We honor his service to our nation. But his priorities don’t address the real problems of the American people, because they are bound to the failed policies of the past.”

Mr. McCain picked up the challenge. While not mentioning Mr. Obama by name, he offered an unmistakable put-down of the theme that has become so closely identified with Mr. Obama.

“To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope,” he said. “It is a platitude.”

To make sure no one had missed the message, Mr. McCain appropriated Mr. Obama’s signature line with a sly farewell to his own audience in Alexandria, Va. “My friends,” he said. “I promise you, I am fired up and ready to go.”
Via NYT.
If that is going to be his campaign, just repeating his opponents' words in his spooky, mocking voice, I don't think he will do even as well as Dole/Kemp in 1996. It just makes him look like a war-traumatized veteran great-uncle who sits in the corner watching TV and mockingly repeating everything he hears. The comedy shows will love it. Is this a psychological warfare technique he learned from years of torture by the Viet Cong, George Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove?

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