On the subject of rhetorical devices, here, by popular demand, is my vision of what the ultimate anti-McCain campaign ad would look like:
Actual news footage — McCain standing at the microphone, Joe Lieberman in the background.
MCCAIN: "Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate."
Lieberman steps forward, takes McCain by the arm, and whispers in McCain's ear.
MCCAIN: "I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda."
The scene shifts; a child is in bed sleeping; in the background a phone is ringing.
NARRATOR: "It's 3:00 AM and your children are safely asleep. But somewhere in the White House a phone is ringing. Something is wrong in the world. Who's going to answer that phone?"
Still shot of Lieberman whispering in McCain's ear (above)
NARRATOR: "What if it's John McCain and Joe Lieberman isn't there to tell him what to say?"
Fade to text:
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT
AS WELL AS WHAT HE'S SAYING.