Friday, September 12, 2008

It's not just McCain's age

We were amused that on the day when Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe said they were going to make the campaign about the big issues, that Team Obama, because they had yet another pair of gloves to take off, went straight for McCain's age, with the punchline that McCain doesn't even know how to send emails.

We weren't outraged, we were amused.

But now seeing this Jonah Goldberg post, we are reconsidering:

Yep. The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

"Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail."

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary." The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

We're going to go back to that Plouffe quote again:

But as Barack Obama said earlier this week “enough is enough.” This election is too important and the challenges too big to spend the next 54 days talking about trivial non-issues…

Yeah. Because a completely healthy McCain sending emails or not actually is a trivial non-issue.

But, because of the genius that is Team Obama, McCain being attacked for not sending emails when he can't do so precisely because of the injuries he sustained as a prisoner of war has boosted this issue to headline-grabbing, non-trivial status.

There's a mole in the Obama campaign. There simply must be.

That or basic campaigning is simply above Obama's pay grade.

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