Saturday, October 11, 2008

Gail Collins Strikes Again

Her latest column is pitch-perfect. Read it.

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Remember how we used to joke about John McCain looking like an old guy yelling at kids to get off his lawn? It’s only in retrospect that we can see that the keep-off-the-grass period was the McCain campaign’s golden era. Now, he’s beginning to act like one of those movie characters who steals the wrong ring and turns into a troll.

During that last debate, while he was wandering around the stage, you almost expected to hear him start muttering: “We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious.”

Remember when McCain’s campaign ads were all about his being a prisoner of war? I really miss them.

Now they’re all about the Evil That Is Obama. The newest one, “Ambition,” has a woman, speaking in one of those sinister semiwhispers, saying: “When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied.” Then suddenly, with no warning whatsoever, she starts ranting about Congressional liberals and risky subprime loans. Then John McCain pops up to say he approved it. All in 30 seconds! And, of course, McCain would think it’s great. For the first time, the Republicans appear to have captured his thought process on tape.

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I don't remember who pointed this out, but the reason the Ayers ad wandered off on a Congressional tangent is that it was partly funded by the GOP Congressional campaign, so it had to mention the House elections.

2 comments:

Alan said...

I love how "strikes again" can be a good or bad headline depending on the nature of the striking.

Sarang said...

Yes. It's rather like "fuck [X] up" in that sense. (Gob and I talked about this years ago, I vaguely remember him blogging about it.)