“It’s Three AM”

“IT’S THREE AM”….The question in this campaign ad is: Who’s going to answer the White House phone when it rings at 3 am? Jason Zengerle comments:

I actually thought this commercial was pretty effective — right up until the very end when I realized it was for Hillary. I wonder if McCain can just buy the first 25 seconds of it from her and then recut the ending so he can use it in the general election.

There’s something wrong with that response. Why is it somehow OK for John McCain to run on the basis of being the guy who can protect America while Hillary shouldn’t? Why are we often so eager to practically concede to Republicans exactly the stereotypes they want voters to believe about us? Seems to me that Democrats ought to get used to the idea of competing on this dimension regardless of whether ads like this are precisely the right way to do it.