The recent boneheaded anti-Obama advertisements from the McCain campaign have – more than any other statement or action by the candidate – cemented his status as “Bush redux”, and reinforced the widespread image of the GOP as an organization of thuggish, vision-less Neanderthals. I really thought McCain was smarter than that. Alas, it seems he is content to channel the willful ignorance and stunning incompetence of George W. Bush. McCain’s crude TV pitches may appeal to a shrinking base of red-state ignorati who would vote for a dead Republican over a live Democrat, but it will not endear him to swing voters/independents. Heist by his own petard, methinks.