Here is the ad in question:
Here is what Dean said today about the ad, “The American people have been waiting for a president who understands the challenges they face, not another out of touch Bush Republican who promises four more years of the same failed leadership. John McCain can try to reintroduce himself to the country, but he can’t change the fact that he cast aside his principles to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Bush for the last seven years. While we honor McCain’s military service, the fact is Americans want a real leader who offers real solutions, not a blatant opportunist who doesn’t understand the economy and is promising to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years.”
RNC Deputy Chairman Frank Donatelli replied by questioning Dean’s patriotism, and demanding an apology. “It is beyond comprehension that Howard Dean would smear John McCain’s character by stating he is a ‘blatant opportunist.’ John McCain served our nation heroically and valiantly and it is absolutely unacceptable that the chairman of the Democratic National Committee would attack Senator McCain for discussing his record with the American people. Dean’s comments are the latest in what has become a troubling pattern where the chairman of the national party has questioned Senator McCain’s character and integrity. Howard Dean owes John McCain an immediate apology and both Senators Clinton and Obama should unequivocally denounce this disgraceful attack.”
McCain didn’t talk about his record at all in that ad; it was centered on mindless flag waving. It appears that the GOP is set to run the exact same presidential campaign as they have ran in 1996, 2000, and 2004. The most troubling thing about RNC logic is that they believe that a war hero’s judgment shouldn’t ever be questioned. Even if that war hero is wrong, we all are supposed to blindly follow.
Dean is right. In order to get the nomination, McCain has changed positions more than Paris Hilton in her sex tape. What the Republicans tried to sell barely worked in 2004 and didn’t work in 2006, so why do they keep coming back with the same worn out message that is bound to fail in 2008?