John McCain is mocked as an out-of-date computer illiterate in the newest Democrat TV ad. Called “1982“, it includes footage of McCain wearing giant glasses, along with shots of a disco ball, a big clunky phone, a very old computer and a Rubik’s Cube:

“1982, John McCain goes to Washington,. Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn’t. He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail, still doesn’t understand the economy, and favors two hundred billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class.”

Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said the campaign was not making fun of McCain’s age:

“It’s extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn’t know how to send an e-mail.”

The backlash was predictable: McCain, is said, cant type because his fingers and shoulders were injured in Vietnam. That is the story at least since 2000, when he ran the Republican primaries. McCain has admitted he relies on his wife and staff to work the computer for him.

Even worse is the targeting. Which group is the Obama campaign focusing with such ad?

Young voters are most likely to think being able to send an e-mail is crucial. But according to Gallup, Obama already has around 20-30% advantage over McCain among 18-29-year-olds.

Older voters, rural voters, working-class Americans and veterans probably won’t care and might even take offense at another condescending tone. Yet, these are the voters Obama needs at the swing states!

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Another example on how the media isn’t helping the Democrat camp on this once-easy-now-turned-too-close-to-call campaign: Charlie Gibson, exuding contempt and aloofness over his glasses, drills Sarah Palin on the Bush Doctrine.

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His worldview?

GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.

Democrats loved the “unmasking of a fraud”; republicans hated the contemptuous and disrespectful liberal biased media; but independents felt sorry for her.

Then Gibson maganimously explained what he meant:

GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that — the right to preemptive attack of a country that was planning an attack on America?

(So what was the name back in 1967, when Israel started the Six Day War by preemptively attacking Syria and Egypt, after watching thousands of tanks parked at the border?)

Gibson might know more about Bush Doctrine, or foreign policy, or anything, than Palin. But that is simply not the point. Showcasing her ignorance with professoral aura on national TV is counter-productive.

It won’t change any Republican’s opinion about how the “liberal-infested” mainstream media is out there to get them. Still, they are not changing their votes based on Gibson’s interview. Independents, on the other hand…

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