Positive, negative and those uppity columns

McCain ad floats “HANG” over Obama’s head, regardless of whether it was an accident or malicious toward the end of the ad ( video at link) it shows this great upward profile of Senator Obama. He looks strong and inspiring. Followed next with a upward profile of McCain who looks drained and tired. So I wonder if this particular ad is going to be all that effective for Johnny. If this is the best McCain’s got, the symbolic comparison of and a choice between a new invigorated America or a tired running in place America, then maybe its time for some staff changes at John’s media circus.

Another Republican for Obama. We’ve had Republican Jim Leach from Iowa and now former Republican President Dwight Eisenhower’s  granddaughter Susan Eisenhower switch to Independent and endorse Senator Obama. Republicans have moved Conservatism so far to the Right that Dwight would probably considered a liberal today. He once said “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

Carter: McCain ‘milking’ POW time

Former president Jimmy Carter called Republican presidential candidate John McCain a “distinguished naval officer,” but he said the Arizona senator has been “milking every possible drop of advantage” from his time served as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Notice that every time a Democrat mentions McCain exploiting his POW days that also include a salute to his service. Compare that to Republican attacks on a genuine war hero, Senator John Kerry (D) in 2004 – Republican-funded Group Attacks Kerry’s War Record. Let’s say that McCain honestly believes that his experiences are unique among American in terms of suffering. That the experiences of others who have fought in wars, been stricken by cancer, had a an accident that has left them permanently disabled or a multitude of other tragedies that befall thousands of Americans every day, doesn’t that suggest the inability to empathize with others and have a little humility. There’s a point were one lists such experiences as part of one’s resume and then there’s a point where they’re exploitative. McCain has not only crossed that line, but plans on doing more.

Just beacuse of a comment over at the Carter story. Yes, the Reverend, Nobel Peace prize winner and former president Jimmy Carter graduated from the Naval Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. One could debate his presidency endlessly, but he has probably been our best post-President.

McCain’s communication director was on the morning news claiming, I kid you not, that Senator Obama was too negative. I hope that Democrats don’t do one for one negative ads, but Republicans are past due for some pay back, What’s missing from the Democratic convention? in which Glennzilla reminds of us the 2004 Republican Convention. Before anyone gets upset at Glenn, in one update he notes that Obama rightfully went after the radicalism of the Right. I thought Obama’s speech was a good balance of positive message with a few counter punches thrown in. If he keeps up that balance of positive with going after the extremism that has gone too far for too long he and the American people just might come out the winner.

This post by Hunter at DK was funny, Uppity… Pillars? What The Hell? – “Gawd. So they’re really going with this, eh? Their attack is going to be that the elitist Barack Obama is using… ETHNIC ARCHITECTURE?” There is a picture of Johnny leaning on one of the Capitol columns. Politico has some pics of Bush speaking in a stage set of…..Roman columns.

U.S. Capitol Building. Note the uppity columns. Much of the Capitol was built by slaves. Thomas jefferson and many of the other intellectuals of the day were well versed in Greek and Roman history. Jefferson’s plans for the University of Virginia look much like a rendering of a section of ancient Rome.

The U.S. Supreme Court Building. Both of the pics are about wallpaper size if you’re into history or architecture. These columns look like they are of the Corinthian order. The capitals, those pieces at the top of the column were the most ornate of the three classical orders. Fitting since the ancient Greeks, known to be uppity, are generally credited for inventing democracy. The word Democracy is derived from the Greek dimokratia, meaning “popular government”.