Monday, August 18, 2008

Preemptive Whining

If, as the punditocracy has decreed, John McCain “won” the Saddleback Forum Saturday night, why is the McCain campaign complaining about the post-event coverage? (Actually, some people are calling it a draw; each man showed his strengths and abilities.)

Perhaps it’s because they are working the refs, which is one of their ways of polishing a turd. In response to the reports that John McCain was not in a “cone of silence” as stated by Pastor Rick, the McCain campaign lashed out at NBC New’s Andrea Mitchell for her reporting the story. They’ve even gone so far as to write a letter to her boss. Aside from the rather grade-school level of the discourse (“I’m telling!”), it seems that the McCain campaign is a bit too eager to jump to the defense, and gratuitously remind the world that John McCain was a P.O.W. in Vietnam, which, as everybody within earshot of the Senator, knows is something that he doesn’t want to talk about…unless you can use it as a bludgeon.

Nicolle Wallace, a spokeswoman for Mr. McCain, said on Sunday night that Mr. McCain had not heard the broadcast of the event while in his motorcade and heard none of the questions.

“The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous,” Ms. Wallace said.

It sounds like they were caught doing something they shouldn’t have been doing and now they’re doing everything they can to deflect the attention elsewhere. “Oh, look at the kitty!”