Let's live in the truth. The truth is that too many people in this country are just plain stupid. They are ill-informed and easily misled. They buy into simplistic perversions of the facts. They know too little, think too little and they listen to those that know how to influence their little minds. They can be made to be fearful and hateful and, thus, politically useful. They are dangerously ignorant - and they vote.
These are the people that Karl Rove and his ilk target to mobilize against progressive candidates.
This week, John McCain has played to these voters with two outrageously disgusting campaign ads against Obama. One compares his celebrity to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and mocks his overseas trip, where he was greeted by throngs of enthusiastic foreign admirers. A second uses Obama soundbites, distorted and taken out of context, to paint the man as messianic.
The McCain camp undoubtedly knows that these ads are puerile and unconscionable. But, they also know that 'just plain stupid' people will eat them up. Both obnoxious ads - Celeb' 'and 'The One' - are proudly displayed on the McCain website.
The ads have been roundly criticized from most quarters for the mud that they are. Yet, McCain and his handlers, knowing they can't possibly win the election on the strength of their candidate or the failed policies he represents, continue to try and paint their charismatic and visionary opponent as a demon, in hopes of getting those easily persuaded 'just plain stupid' people mobilized against him.
It's sad to watch this repulsive display of dirty politics and even more frightening to consider that it might likely work.