Great wailing and gnashing of teeth has arisen, in response to the above MoveOn.org Ad, which engages the centerpiece of John McCain's politics.
Papa Bear O'Reilly, for example, had this to say about it.
In his own mind, O'Reilly really nails it here:
My question is this: Who on earth would take that message seriously? What kind of voter is that supposed to reach?
Good point indeed, Papa Bear. Harrogate has stressed his brain to the outermost limits, and he has yet to come up with a relevant or identifiable audience for such an ad. Nothing to see here. Keep 'moving on.'
UPDATE: Just found this little entry on the Ad by Townhall blogger Carol Platt Liebau.
Her condemnation is almost as indisputable as Papa Bear's:
no mother wants to think of her son (or daughter) going off to war. But has it occurred to Alex's mommy that -- if other mothers had adopted her "not my baby" attitude -- little Alex might be in much more jeopardy from terrorist attacks right here in the United States of America? Or for that matter, he might be speaking German . . . or even be an English subject?
Too pathetic for words.
Weeellllll. There's no arguing with that logic. The Ever-Mounting body counts are Noble, Necessary to American Safety.
The Ad is too pathetic for Words.