Nestled in the heart of the speech in which he claimed the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama made a promise to the American people that laid out the tone and tenor of his campaign against John McCain:
It is a debate that the American people deserve on the issues that will help determine the future of this country and the future for our children.
But what you don't deserve is another election that's governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon...
What you won't see from this campaign or this party is a politics that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to polarize, because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.
After eight grueling years of Bush/Cheny/Rove political wedges and fear mongering, how does McCain respond? With an ad called "Safe" that's scheduled to run in the coming weeks.
In the ad, McCain says: "Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war. ... I was shot down over Vietnam and spent five years as a POW. ... 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."
Only a fool and a fraud thinks we don't see right through this. Get ready for another several months of The Fear.
VIA The Politico