All negative, all the time

ALL NEGATIVE, ALL THE TIME…. Greg Sargent reported last week that just about every single ad that the McCain campaign airs is now a negative ad. Marc Ambinder follows up today with the latest figures from Ken Goldstein and the Wisconsin Advertising Project, showing that McCain/Palin has, in fact, stopped airing positive ads altogether.

I mentioned the other day that Cindy McCain told NBC in May that her husband’s campaign won’t have any “negative stuff,” adding, “You won’t see it come out of our side at all.” As it turns out, the DNC found an even better quote from McCain himself:

“I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it.”

That was McCain in 2000, when he apparently had a vision for the future and a readiness to articulate it. Not anymore.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.