McCain Hates War, Loves America (Video)
Hotline reports that the McCain campaign will launch this ad, titled simply “Safe,” today in “unnamed battleground states.” (Although I’m pretty sure that the states have names, since I know of no states without names.)
JOHN MCCAIN: Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war. When I was five years old, my father left for war. My grandfather came home from war and died the next day. I was shot down over Vietnam and spent five years as a POW. Some of the friends I served with never came home.
I hate war. And I know how terrible its costs are.
I’m running for President to keep the country I love safe.
I’m John McCain and I approve this message.
Granting that I’m not the target audience, this doesn’t strike me as a very effective spot. For one thing, the delivery is tired. It’s as if he’s getting the lines, one-by-one, from cue cards and doesn’t realize he’s being taped.
More importantly, the end is a non sequitur. He hates war and he’s running to keep the country — which, by the way, he loves — safe. I have no doubt these things are true. But how’s he going to keep the country safe?
Is hated war off the table? Or does he love the country enough to go to war to keep it safe even though he hates war? One presumes the latter. But, if that’s the case, what’s his point?