Counting Houses

Finalizing syllabi, so I don’t have time for a longer post, but I just wanted to mention a couple of the responses to John McCain’s gaffe the other day when he acknowledged that he wasn’t sure how many houses he owns. The Obama campaign was pretty quick to respond with the advertisement, “Seven,” which works pretty well, I think, to depict McCain as out of touch on the economy (here’s Obama talking about McCain’s recent comments about wealth on the stump).

But I have to admit that I’m probably more partial to this response, found on Daily Kos, by Aaron Walker, a college student, that offers a witty take on McCain’s inability to count the number of houses he and Cindy own. BTW, I’m half-listening to Richard Wolffe on MSNBC pointing out that this gaffe helps to tie together a number of narratives about the McCain campaign, especially given that it depicts him as out of touch on the economy, and I think he’s right. It allows Obama to reintroduce McCain’s connections to Phil “Nation of Whiners” Gramm and his claims that the “economy is fundamentally strong.” Interesting story and some sharp responses by the campaign and by some of Obama’s supporters.

Update: More parody fun over at Daily Kos, including a LOL Cats image and another video, The Fabulous Life of John McCain.

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