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McCain Releases Incredibly Disjointed Ayers Attack Ad

11/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For the fifth straight day, McCain's campaign is going after Barack Obama for his association with Bill Ayers. Only this time the attack comes in the form of a disjointed, nearly incomprehensible, national television ad that ties the former 60s radical to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Titled "Ambition," the spot - as Howard Wolfson noted - is "practically schizophrenic." After accusing Obama of showing back judgment in his associations, the ad blames "Congressional liberals" for fighting against more regulation. This from a self-proclaimed champion of deregulation.

"Obama's blind ambition," the script reads. "When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied. Obama. Blind ambition. Bad judgment. Congressional liberals fought for risky sub-prime loans. Congressional liberals fought against more regulation. Then, the housing market collapsed costing you billions. In crisis, we need leadership, not bad judgment."

Because the spot is (likely) paid for with money from the joint McCain-RNC committee, McCain is forced to include a reference to another candidate - in this case "congressional liberals." And as such, the key accusations are dull if not confusing.

In the end, the ad is so transparent in its real goal - to keep discussion of Ayers on cable news - one has to wonder when the media will stop letting itself be played like a fiddle. The campaign says the spot will be televised "nationally."

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