UPDATE: There appears to be a coding problem with the YouTube. The original video is at John McCain's campaign website. Or try this: [media id=5853
July 19, 2008

UPDATE: There appears to be a coding problem with the YouTube. The original video is at John McCain's campaign website.

Or try this: icon Download icon Download (h/t BillW)

Did you catch it? At the beginning of the ad, the title burns onto a picture of Obama, but the order is striking.

A L Q D C MT RY

(screengrab courtesy of JedReport)

al Qaeda Commentary? al Qaeda Cemetary? al Qaeda Documentary? Who knows? But it's not accidental. In fact, Alex Castellanos is reportedly now working for the McCain campaign. Who is Alex Castellanos?

There is speculation in the blogosphere that Alex Castellanos is behind this video. Who? This guy:

The Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos has been called the father of the modern political attack ad — an appellation he might not offer up himself, though we suspect he’s kinda proud of it. Although Castellanos has served on the GOP media team in every general election since 1988, his most infamous spot ran in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race between Jesse Helms and Harvey Gantt, the former mayor of Charlotte, who also happened to be an African-American. The commercial was called “Hands,” and it showed a white guy sitting at a table, the camera trained on his mitts as he crumpled up a job-rejection notice. “You needed that job and you were the best qualified,” intoned the voice-over. “But they gave it to a minority because of a racial quota.” Ugly? Sure. But it won reelection for Helms. In this year’s Republican race, Castellanos worked on Mitt Romney’s primary bid, but today he sits on what’s known as the McCain Ad Council, a group of A-list Republican admen serving as outside media advisers to the GOP standard-bearer.

FDL offers some more on Castellanos

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