You knew something was up back in March when, in his first ad of the generalOh, there's more.
campaign, Mr. McCain had himself touted as “the American president Americans
have been waiting for.”
Update: The NY Times editorial board takes McCain to task and brings up an issue I hadn't even considered. The first time we hear of the "race card" being played from the "bottom of the deck"? . . . OJ Simpson. How's that for playing the "race card"?
John McCain, in a press conference today, said that he didn't bring up race in the campaign, that Barack Obama did. I disagree, but that's not the lie I'm referring to. The lie I'm referring to is McCain's insistence that Obama retracted the comments that started the debate. Obama hasn't. And he shouldn't.
There're also some dillusional comments McCain makes about his running a respectful campaign. Here's a pretty good assessment of the issue:
From TPM Election Central -
McCain: Our Campaign Isn't "Negative In The Slightest"
By Greg Sargent - August 1, 2008, 4:38PM
John McCain just held a presser in Florida. Here are the, er, high points:
• Said "I don't think our campaign is negative in the slightest." There are negative McCain ads running as we speak, and in the very same presser, he attacked Obama for injecting race into the campaign again.
• Blamed Obama for bringing up the issue of race in the campaign, and repeatedly said that Obama had "retracted" his charge that McCain is using race. It was obvious by the repetition of "retracted" that this was a cooked up talking point, and it was apparently a reference to the fact that the Obama campaign said it didn't think McCain had used race in the campaign.
But this wasn't a "retraction" at all: The Obama camp hasn't conceded he said that in the first place.
• Said he wants to move on from the race debate. But his campaign manager Rick Davis aggressively attacked Obama for allegedly playing the race card just today.
• Described a new Web ad implying that Obama believes he's the Messiah as "having some fun."
Is it happy hour yet?
Obama responding to the issue, "There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this."