Saturday, August 2, 2008

Facts and Questions re McCain's advertising strategy

FACT: The Senior United States Senator from Arizona John McCain proposed sweeping changes to campaign finance laws in legislation co-sponsored with Wisconsin U. S. Senator Russ Feingold.

FACT: These legislative efforts, ultimately signed into law by President George W. Bush, were known as McCain-Feingold.

FACT: A broad-based coaltition including NARAL (the National Abortion Rights Action League), the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA (National Rifle Association) opposed all, or aspects of, McCain-Feingold.

FACT: Charleton Heston was the President of the NRA at that time.

FACT: Mr. Heston's image (he recently passed away) in a scene from the movie The Ten Commandments where he played Moses was used in an Internet ad attacking Barack Obama by John McCain's campaign this last week.

FACT: Mr. Heston joins a growing list of Hollywood celebrities, including Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton, whose images have been used by the McCain campaign to attack Barack Obama.

QUESTION: Why would McCain want to use a dead man who cannot defend himself, and two young actresses who are not overt political figures, to attack the presumptive Democrat nominee?

QUESTION: Why would McCain juxtapose the image of two young blonde women with that of Senator Obama's?

QUESTION: Why would McCain ridicule and use an image of one of the most iconic and beloved events in Jewish and Christian theology: the parting of the Red Sea, for political gain?

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