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
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)
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(Newser) – 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."