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The Navy Doesn’t Make Whiny Babies

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, August 18, 2008 13:16 EDT
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imageMeaning, of course, that John McCain must have picked it up somewhere else.

Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign manager Rick Davis asked Sunday for a meeting with Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race.”

Davis made the request Sunday in a letter that is part of an aggressive effort by McCain to counter news coverage he considers critical.

In this case, the campaign is objecting to a statement by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on “Meet the Press” questioning whether McCain might have gotten a heads-up on some of the questions that were asked of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who was the first candidate to be interviewed Saturday night by Pastor Rick Warren at a presidential forum on faith.

Here’s the McCain camp aggressively using the same quote to attack Obama, with no insinuation whatsoever that it’s unfair towards them. The reason all this comes up is that despite Rick Warren being under the impression that McCain was in the green room during Obama’s presentation, McCain was actually en route for the first half of Obama’s session. Whether or not McCain cheated – and what’s that the McCain camp has to say?

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.

…Right.

Anyway, the worst part of all this isn’t whether or not McCain heard the questions (the answer to that is most likely yes), but the fact that McCain, selling his faith (and Aleksander Solzhenitsyn’s), let one of the most prominent religious figures in America misrepresent himself and the event without doing anything to correct him – even a day later. You’d think just out of pure Christian goodness or Naval honor or Straight Talk hustlin’ that McCain wouldn’t let someone sit on stage and repeatedly and unwittingly lie about McCain’s whereabouts. But then, you wouldn’t have explored the depths of McCain’s whiny babydom.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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