Here's the problem with going nasty with fierce attack ads...they work. They get people riled up and angry, because they're already desperate for an easy target to lay their worries and fears upon.
So, after spending the better part of two weeks asking questions like, "Who IS Barack Obama?" and attempting to make him best friends with "terrorists," John McCain faced the difficult challenge of trying to correct his audience.
McCain was responding to a town hall attendee who claimed he was concerned about raising a child under a president who "cohorts with domestic terrorists such as [Bill] Ayers." Despite the fact that McCain and his campaign have repeatedly used Ayers to hammer Obama in recent days, the Arizona Senator tried to calm the man.
"[Senator Obama] is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States," he said, before adding: "If I didn't think I would be one heck of a better president I wouldn't be running."
The crowd groaned with disapproval.
"I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."
"No, ma'am," McCain said several times, shaking his head in disagreement. "He's a decent, family man, [a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."
Gee, John, I wonder why she'd get a crazy idea like that?! Maybe she didn't see all those television ads where you talked about Obama being a "decent, family man?!"
Oh, that's right, because you chose to make him appear scary and dangerous instead...