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May 13, 2010

THEY'RE NOT LAUGHING WITH HIM.... Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" earlier, and took a predictably far-right line on immigration policy. But of particular interest was Shadegg's reaction to Sen. John McCain's (R) latest campaign ad, which we talked about the other day.

This clip is worth watching -- it's only about a minute long -- just to see the looks on the guests' and hosts' faces. They showed McCain's ad, in its entirety, but when they came back to talk about it, both Shadegg and Joe Scarborough were literally laughing at what they'd seen.

Eventually, Shadegg said, "It seems like some politicians have kind of changed ground on this issue." Under the circumstances, that's putting it mildly.

This probably isn't a good sign for McCain. Scarborough is a conservative former congressman, and Shadegg is a conservative lawmaker who endorsed McCain's re-election. If they can't watch his commercial without laughing, I wonder what Republican primary voters are thinking.

Steve Benen 12:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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The only thing missing in that commercial is a squeaking toy that should have been stapled to McShame's lips ................

Posted by: stormskies on May 13, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

"It'll work this time."

Posted by: inkadu on May 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

"I wonder what Republican primary voters are thinking."

I've been wondering this for quite a while. I believe it's some sort of oxymoron kind of thing.

Posted by: Mark-NC on May 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

Was that the Maverick? Why would I believe ANYTHING that comes out of his mouth? Just goes to show how gullible people really are.

Posted by: Kimmi on May 13, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Republican voters THINKING??? Surely you jest.

Posted by: ML on May 13, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

I'd resisted viewing the ad until just now. The problem with the ad is its complete and pathetic dishonesty-- and the dishonesty just leaps out at you; you don't have to be knowledgeable about McCain's views to see it. If anyone ever wants an explanation for why people have contempt for politicians, just play that clip a few times.

Posted by: MattF on May 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Why should Arizona voters choose a pseudo Full Metal Jacket Teabagger when they have the real deal in Shadegg?

Posted by: bob h on May 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

And it also has been pointed out - perhaps here, maybe it was Media Matters - that the Sheriff that Mr. Mavericky used for his political ad is not even the Sheriff of the county wherein the ad was filmed: he is Sheriff of a county over 100 miles to the north of where the fence is.

If McCain had used the actual Sheriff of the area in the ad, he would have been told that actually, illegal traffic and crimes are at their lowest level since the 1960s. This particular Sheriff has been outspoken against the "papers please" law.

This would be the kind of thing that enterprising journalists would probably be interested in. That is, if there were responsible journalists and if they were interested...

Posted by: terraformer on May 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Seems to me like the AZ republican primary voters will eat this garbage up.

Since when does McCain use the word 'dang' ?

McCain looks about one drink/pill/breath away from falling over.

Posted by: ScottW714 on May 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

I feel dirty.

Posted by: gorp on May 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

"Mika: But I like John McCain..."

I know you do, Mika - I know you do...

Posted by: poledancer on May 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah... it's not the dishonesty or the cheesy production values that has Shadegg and Scarborough giggling at McCain--that's why WE'RE giggling at him.

THEY'RE giggling at him because he's swerving to the tea-bag right in order to preserve his chances at re-election, and they don't want him to succeed. They've crunched the numbers, and for the moment anyway they figure that if McCain is going to have his scalp nailed to the wall, they might as well be giggling at him from the winners' side.

Posted by: Matt on May 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder what Republican primary voters are thinking.

thinking??? that's for pussies.... ;-)

Posted by: bkny on May 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Seriously, just what is meant by "you're one of us." Seriously.

Posted by: June on May 13, 2010 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

McCain looks about one drink/pill/breath away from falling over.

Posted by: ScottW714 on May 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, he looks like he fell over a few years ago, then got dug up and reanimated.

Posted by: electrolite on May 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

"You're one of us."

Does that even qualify as code talking, if it's so blatant?

A border fence will never solve illegal immigration by land.

People immigrate here for jobs.

You will know the political class is serious about reducing illegal immigration when they shut off the employment spigot.

Go after the corporate employers of illegal immigrants. Jail more than a few, and assess huge fines that will discourage hiring someone not eligible to work in this country. Level the playing field for those employers who do follow the law.

If we need to provide a lot of temporary work visas, for meat processing and agriculture and seasonal tourism and other jobs that Americans will not do, step up and provide the temporary visas.

Be honest.

McCain is not.

Posted by: Elizabelle on May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

McCain's entire record as a politician (not to mention his career in the military) reveals him to be a completely self-absorbed, opportunistic hack. He has not evolved, or changed at all, in 40 years. No doubt he's kind to children and pets (I have my doubts though), but this ad is merely the capstone of an entire career built on the mantra of "what's in it for me?"

Posted by: LL on May 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

I don't understand how even the wrong sheriff (and the ad is wildly deceptive in using a guy from 100 miles from the border, as it clearly implies he's a border guy) can appear in a political ad. Don't county governments have something like the Hatch Act for federal employees?
Particularly a uniformed employee makes it appear that he is speaking for his agency or profession. Was he compensated in any way? Even worse.

Posted by: emjayay on May 13, 2010 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

Political advertising should be better controlled in many ways it is just getting out of hand

Posted by: Jonathan on May 14, 2010 at 2:09 AM | PERMALINK

Can't blame McCain for payback. He pandered to the illegal aliens and Hispanics, and in the end they were just too racist to vote for a white person and went for Obama after all McCain did for them.

Posted by: Lee Duquesne on May 18, 2010 at 2:33 AM | PERMALINK
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