McCain’s “Fan Club” Ad Crosses A Dangerous Line

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Not only has McCain’s latest celebrity attack ad gotten goofier, it’s also starting to reveal the particularly distasteful “white women like the black guy” tactic that Republicans have used in the past to scare voters away from African American candidates.

First, let me once again point out that McCain is just plain lying that Obama will increase taxes on people earning more than $42,000. If you haven’t been in the loop on that meme yet, McCain said it in a previous ad because Bush’s tax cuts are set to expire in 2011 and Obama will let them expire. But he would replace those with middle class tax cuts of his own. Under Obama’s plan, taxes would only increase for those making over $250K a year. So yes, once again, McCain is lying.

But to the more troubling pattern emerging in McCain’s ads…what is he trying to suggest by having women talk about Obama as if they’re attracted to him? This is starting to feel like very close to what the RNC did to Harold Ford Jr. back in 2006.

If you don’t remember it, here ya go…

And please, don’t pretend like the McCain camp doesn’t know what they’re doing by injecting the “dreamy” meme into this campaign, as if this is all just some innocent joke and liberals just don’t have a good enough sense of humor to “get it.” This is very underhanded, divisive stuff they’re starting to peddle, and to see McCain go here this soon in the campaign is just plain sad.