The only shame of the “Shame” attack ad is that the Kerry campaign withdrew it so quickly.
The ad, featuring 2000 debate footage of John McCain rebuking George Bush for impugning his war record, is far and away the most compelling political advertisement of the presidential campaign. The internet-only version, called “Old Tricks,” was on-line for about two days. The TV version, to be named “Shame,” never made the tube. (Even worse, most websites that refer to the ad now have broken links because they point to the version that was on the Kerry campaign site.)
Fortunately, the American Museum of the Moving Image has preserved it for historical purposes. You can view it here.