It seems that Sen. John McCain, neglecting pressing issues Americans are facing everyday, has sunken to a new low.
According to CNN.com’s political ticker, a new ad released by John McCain’s presidential campaign portrayed Sen. Barack Obama as a figure that’s all too good to believe:
“It shall be known that in 2008 the world will be blessed. They will call him ‘The One,’” says the announcer in the minute-long video, over images of light shining from the heavens and a gospel music-like soundtrack, interspersed with clips drawn from Obama speeches.
“And he has anointed himself. Ready to carry the burden of The One,” continues the announcer. “He can do no wrong. Can you see the light?”
By the end of the ad, Obama seems to have received a promotion from mere Messiah to possible divinity: Charlton Heston’s Moses is shown parting the Red Sea, proclaiming “Behold His mighty hand!” as Obama’s presidential seal rises from the waters.
“Barack Obama may be the one. But is he ready to lead?” concludes the announcer.
Seriously? Is this really coming from McCain, the elder statesman from Arizona, the maverick Republican who bucks the trend of voting lock-step with his party? The well-respected prisoner-of-war who denounced dirty campaign tactics and fought hard against dirty, soft money in politics?
While I’m not a fan of McCain, I would have expected more from him. I would have expected him to at least rise above the right-wing assumptions and attacks on Sen. Obama’s supporters as anointing him as their leader. I expected him to show a little bit more class during this election. Instead, McCain has taken the easy way out. Instead of using his clout to create a “thought-provoking, effective” campaign ad, he plays on the notion of Obama being an omnipresent and all-knowing, super-human figure to his supporters.
What I also find ironic with this ad is how it’s playing to people’s religious beliefs. It pretty much makes a mockery of those who believe and practice the Christian faith by equating Jesus with man, something that I was taught as blasphemous growing up. I may be reading too much into this, but I can’t help point out the irony in all of this.
Finally, I’m wondering if this will further alienate Christian evangelical voters. I wonder if, after seeing this ad, will they begin to see McCain as one who cares about their beliefs and has respect for their beliefs.
On the flip side, I’m sure they’ll be some pundits who will point to the ad as mirroring their concerns about Sen. Obama’s rock-star personality. The idea that a politician can have such a following is mesmerizing, yet troubling, to political pundits–and some lay people. It’s been nearly five decades since a political figure has been able to turn out thousands of people. The idea of a politician (dare I say a black politician) having such a hold on millions of people is frightening to mainstream America.
What do you think of the ad?