New York Times Columnist Moreen Dowd appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning. Dowd reviewed a video clip of John McCain talking about Barack Obama’s level of experience and concluded that McCain does not like Obama.
At a campaign stop last week, McCain had joked about Obama’s experience. “For a young man with very little experience, he’s done very well. So I appreciate with his very, very great lack of experience and knowledge of the issues, he’s been very successful,” joked McCain.
Dowd observed that McCain’s mocking tone showed his distaste for Obama.
Dowd said, “I think we learned something very interesting in this exchange. For one thing, Mccain really doesn’t like Obama and he thinks that he’s the punk who hasn’t bled, as McCain people like to say it. And doesn’t deserve to be in this arena.
Dowd also sees that Obama has been hesitant to attack Hillary Clinton but less hesitant to attack McCain.
“And we also see Obama is not as intimidated by John McCain as he was by Hillary Clinton. He is much freer when he goes on the attack, much more confident,” said Dowd
She continued noting a difference between Ronald Reagan and John McCain’s handling of age. “And McCain has another problem. He doesn’t sound as fun and as genial as Reagan did when he said those lines. And also he tends to take any policy criticism as an attack on his integrity and then attack back on the other person’s integrity, and it sounds nasty.”
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast May 24, 2008.