McCain recycles the celebrity charge, sans Paris, and removes his lie about Obama's raising taxes on people earning $42,000 a year (while never acknowledging that it was a lie in the first place). But the personal demonization of Obama, and raising fears about his somehow being responsible for raising gas prices are pure demagoguery. The ad is particularly nauseating when you remember how the Rove GOP used to attack McCain for his ertwhile fiscal conservatism (since abandoned). McCain has become - and how swiftly - what he once derided.

I fear it will work, however. Since Obama's hubris in Berlin, he has lost almost every cycle of this campaign, and lost all of them quite badly. I'm not sure his campaign gets how far they have sunk, and how ineffectual and passive Obama has seemed these past few weeks. The total capitulation to the Clintons at the convention is particularly lame: