A distraught young blonde woman is sitting on a couch holding a fair-haired fidgeting baby. The woman looks into the camera and speaks:
Hi, John McCain, this is Alex and he’s my first. So far his talents include trying any new food and chasing after our dog. That and making my heart pound every time I look at him. And so, John McCain when you say you would stay in Iraq for a hundred years, were you counting on Alex? Because if you were — you can’t have him.
This tasteless new MoveOn.org ad is a useful document. First, it demonstrates how out-of-touch the far Left is, not just with current events, but with the laws and contracts by which our nation functions. The “mother” is evidently unaware that the U.S. has, at this time, a volunteer army. While Barack Obama may demand she drive a small car, go hungry, and put the baby to bed in a chilly room, John McCain could no sooner force “Alex” into Iraq than she could stop “Alex” from joining up if he himself decided to do so. But if you’re part of the MoveOn.org crowd, the idea of fighting for your country is so disdainful that you could only imagine serving as the result of coercion.
Second, it serves as further evidence that despite the claims about dirty, no-holds-barred right wing campaign tricks, it’s the liberals who hit below the belt time after time. Promoting the idea that John McCain can’t wait to get into the White House, start swiping babies, and feeding them into a hundred-year-war represents the basest appeal to hysterical and dangerous fears. And to think it’s the Republicans who are repeatedly accused of peddling panic.
Last, the dialogue of the “mother’s” speech constitutes an act of moral abjection. Do liberals not imagine that in Baghdad and Basra right now there are non-blonde mothers sitting on couches dandling darker babies and that these mother’s deepest fear is that their country will be abandoned by Americans at the very point that there seems to be some hope for their babies’ future?