Republicans Scold McCain; Obama Camp Pounces

Negative turn generates anger toward candidate
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 5:53 PM CDT
Republicans Scold McCain; Obama Camp Pounces
In this Sept. 9, 2007, file photo, Britney Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards held at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

A new Obama campaign memo obtained by Time documents Republican disapproval of the McCain camp’s recent tactics. Some highlights:

  • Pat Buchanan on the commercial juxtaposing Obama, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton: "Look, this is not an effective ad.”
  • Ed Rollins: “John needs to be the deliberate, experienced veteran and not the grumpy old man.”

  • David Gergen: "This is not the John McCain who Americans have come to love and to respect."
  • McCain 2000 media consultant Mike Murphy: “A pure attack tone could be perilous.”
  • Chuck Hagel on ad criticizing Obama for not visiting Landstuhl: "I think John is treading on some very thin ground."
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