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Where Obama Gets His Campaign Ad Ideas

Now let’s set aside for the moment that Mr. McCain has a hard time with computer keyboards because of having been tortured as a POW.

Let’s examine what passes for “sources” for the Obama campaign.

First we have this clip and comment which was published way back in the March 3, 2008 on the Mother Jones (yes, they still exist) blog:

John McCain Doesn’t Know How to Use a Computer (Video)

March 3, 2008

This video appears to be from at least six weeks ago, but no one has really commented on it. Do we want a commander-in-chief who can’t use a computer without assistance?

 
Washington is full of these guys, and it’s so depressing. Larry Craig once said “I’ve never used the internet” (though we know he was lying). Ted Stevens thinks the internet is a series of tubes. Bush uses “the Google.” I can’t wait until we have a computer-literate generation of leaders in our Capitol.

Never mind that McCain’s reply was clearly just a casually tossed off answer to a non-important question.

No, it was so significant to the national discourse that it had to be dusted off and posted as news three months later on the Huffington Post:

McCain Admits He Doesn’t Know How To Use A Computer (VIDEO)

June 11, 2008 08:42 AM

This video appears to be from at least six weeks ago, but no one has really commented on it. Do we want a commander-in-chief who can’t use a computer without assistance?

This amazing (non) fact was then dutifully parroted by that champion of the truth and (former?) paid stooge of Howard Dean, Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga:

Tech illiterate

by kos
Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 04:30:20 PM PDT

There are those who chafe a bit when we take shots at McCain’s age, but there’s always a deeper point lurking behind many of those shots (cheap or not) — leading the world’s sole superpower in this digital era should require basic understanding of those things which drive the modern culture and economy. Asked whether he is a Mac or PC person, McCain answered:

“Neither, I’m an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get.”

… Technology now infects [sic] every corner of our lives, from cell phones to computers to the internet. It has given us access to the worlds’ libraries, empowering us with direct access to information. It has connected us with people all over this country and world, dramatically redefining what the word “community” means. It is dramatically reshaping entire sectors of our economy — from the nation’s thriving tech sector, to legacy sectors like publishing, music, motion picture, medicine, and retail. And how many workplaces remain without computers?

How can a candidate who admits he is stuck in the 20th century lead a country in the 21st, when he lacks even the most basic understanding of how this brave new century operates? He doesn’t know how people interact and communicate. He doesn’t know have the faintest idea of how they work…

In turn, one of Mr. Zúñiga’s minions thought to make good by parroting his boss:

McCain and Technology, Building a Bridge to the Nineteenth Century

by DHinMI

Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 06:45:22 AM PDT

John McCain, we’ve learned, is computer illiterate, and not knowledgeable about the internet.  That may concern some people worried about a president who doesn’t understand arguably the most fundamental technological development since the invention of the internal combustion engine.  

Fear not.  I was recently briefed by one of McCain’s tech advisers, who demonstrated for me some newfangled gizmos a McCain administration would use to keep America the world’s leader in technological innovation and application.

John McCain isn’t adept at dealing with digitized information, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about digits and computations.  For instance, to keep track of all the lobbyist money coming to his campaign from corporate special interests and tax dollars going out as favors to the same corporate special interests, his administration would use this nifty technology…

Here’s how he plans to stay in close contact with overseas governments and leaders:  

And needless to say, this was enough to convince the Obama camp that they had an important campaign issue. (They could stop talking about meaningless Plouffe fluff at long last.)

And never mind any evidence to the contrary, such as this article from a concomitant edition of the left’s usual font of wisdom, the New York Times:

McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL COOPER
Published: July 13, 2008

… He said, ruefully, that he had not mastered how to use the Internet and relied on his wife and aides like Mark Salter, a senior adviser, and Brooke Buchanan, his press secretary, to get him online to read newspapers (though he prefers reading those the old-fashioned way) and political Web sites and blogs.

“They go on for me,” he said. “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”

Asked which blogs he read, he said: “Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously. Everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes I look at Politico. Sometimes RealPolitics.” …

As they tapped, Mr. McCain said he did not use a BlackBerry, though he regularly reads messages on those of his aides. “I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail,” Mr. McCain said…

That’s right. McCain said he doesn’t do email. Not that he can’t. But let’s not such pesky details get in the way of a new myth.

And again, never mind that the Naval Academy is an accredited as an approved “technological institution” or that its graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree — which is very heavy in engineering and similar pursuits.

And never mind that Mr. McCain flew fighter bombers, and then commanded a squadron of fighter bombers.

He is obviously a hopeless technophobe, unlike those savvy hipsters at Mother Jones, the Daily Kos, the Huffington Post and the rest of the Obama campaign — and can actually point and click a mouse.

Still, this is what you expect when you use sources like these for ideas for your advertising campaigns.

Indeed, behold the current front page of Zsa Zsa’s Huffington Post:

We should expect to see “news” reports and Obama ads along these same lines any minute now.

(By the way, don’t tell anybody, but Joe Biden has been in Congress nine years longer than John McCain.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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