Thursday, July 24, 2008

Desperation Watch

The McCain campaign whips out a web ad linking Barack Obama to Fidel Castro.

A Democrat in south Florida alerted the Huffington Post to the image, which shows Obama and Castro, profiled side-by-side, above a quote from the Cuban leader praising the Illinois Democrat as “the most advanced candidate.”

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But the quote is misleading in regards to the actual political dynamics in play. For starters, since Obama became the de facto nominee, Castro has been critical of his candidacy [also here], arguing that he has not called for serious alterations to U.S.-Cuban relations and would willingly allow the island nation to suffer from hunger. Obama, meanwhile, has criticized Castro as a repeated abuser of human rights and a tyrant whose time has passed.

The McCain campaign is counting on a knee-jerk frothing response from the Cuban community in South Florida, which they take for granted will happen. Actually, it’s an insult to the intelligence of the Cubans; the McCain campaign assumes that all they have to do is wave a picture of Fidel and Barack Obama together and they’ve won. Regardless of party affiliation, I can think of more than just a few Cubans who would think this ad is patronizing and presumptuous.

As Josh Marshall notes, “classier and classier.”