It's the economy, stupid
After the 9/11 pause, Obama decides to alienate another constituency by running a new ad whose theme -- and I know this will surprise you -- is that McCain is old.*
[pounds forehead on desk, or would, if the desk hadn't been broken up for firewood].
Jeebus, why don't they try something subtle: Like an ad of McCain floating away on an ice floe holding a can of dog food, say.
I wonder how the lunch with Bill Clinton went?
UPDATE Actually, there are two ads; see here. The one I just posted on is called Still. There's a second ad called -- and I know this will surprise you -- Real Change. Better, although ludicrously it starts out with "We've heard a lot about change this year" -- which is a confession of how much McCain and Palin managed to tarnish hopey-changey in a few short weeks. If it's the opening gun in a battle for economic populism (how'd that lunch go?), well and good, but since the ad ends with "genuinely bring people together" I doubt that will happen. It's the same attempt to square the circle that's hobbled Obama from the beginning: Selling hopey-changey while promising change will happen without conflict. Still flailing.
Watch out, though: If you don't clear your cookies after being on the Obama site, you'll be bombarded with Obama ads everywhere else you go on the net.
NOTE * "Insane"? Fine. "Sexist"? Double fine. "More wars?" Quadruple fine/ But "old"? McCain's been running hard for the Presidency for a year. That's gruelling, and Obama, at least in the primaries, didn't work as hard as Hillary (and maybe didn't need to, because of the online fundraising).