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“Very frankly, Dana, I don’t give a damn about an old unrepentant terrorist.”
John McCain in response to Dana Bash’s question about his Ayers attacks on Obama.

So I guess the Ayers strategy is now officially off the table?

This just keeps getting weirder and weirder…

UPDATE:
Apparently he cares enough to promise to bring it up at the debate tomorrow.

  • http://maverickviews.blogspot.com/ Alan Stewart Carl

    Makes me wonder if McCain is in charge of his own campaign. On the bright side, his opinion of Ayers now mirrors mine. Too bad he didn’t start that way.

  • http://www.stuperb.com stuperb

    I agree with Alan. McCain’s not driving the Express and it’s starting to make him mad. Thank goodness. This is the only chance left to show people he is who they used to think he was – and it may be too little, too late.

  • kasey d.

    i know he’s exasperated at this point, but i don’t like seeing a potential president blow up like this.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    I would kind of like him to come out, say that these attacks by his campaign are wrong, renounce them and apologize to the american People and Senator Obama for the tone of the campagin, and then say that he wants to make this final few weeks about the real issues like the economy and where they differ. I still think Obama would win, but McCain would gain back a lot of his lost dignity and make it a race worthy of the man he claims to be. Renounce all the mob incitiment and the politics of fear and I think he would find that”his base” would probably start to treat him like they did a few months ago.

  • http://www.rejectpopculture.com RPC

    I couldn’t agree more. I was really hoping that John McCain would be above the Lee Atwater and Karl Rove tactics.

  • http://thegauchopolitico.blogspot.com/ Gaucho Politico

    I dont give mccain a pass on this ayers stuff. its his campaign. He is supposed to ok this messaging. If he does not like it why doesnt he just stop his campaign from making the allegations? if he cant actually stop the campaign from making allegations he does not like there is no way he should be president. On the plus side i guess this means we dont have to debate ayers wednesday.

  • pico

    “On the plus side i guess this means we dont have to debate ayers wednesday.”

    I hope that’s the case, but I’ll believe it when I see it. McCain hasn’t really thrown any muck at Obama during the previous debates, and polls show he lost both. If he continues to focus on the issues on Wednesday, but is less condescending toward Obama and focuses less on eliminating “pork” from the budget (McCain’s answer for everything), would that be enough for him to turn things around? Unless Obama makes a damning gaffe, I highly doubt it. I doubt bringing up Ayers and Wright would help much either frankly. McCain has to try and lay a trap for Obama somehow, and Obama has to step in it.

  • Chris

    And is that trap going to be calling Obama a “half breed muslin”? Or perhaps an “Islamic communist”? McCain’s got nothing, he can’t even debate on the issues that are most pressing without just repeating his stump speech.

  • Pico

    @ Chris
    I didn’t mean anything like that, more like the cheap trick he tried to pull in the last debate that blew up in his face: he told voters that Obama had never set a fixed price for a fine he would impose on (I believe) small businesses that didn’t provide adequate health care, and invited him to answer that question in his response to the question Brokaw posed. Of course, doing that would take Obama off message and not give him time to address the other points he needed to make, but Obama didn’t bite. After Obama gave his answer, McCain sarcastically asked, “Did we hear the size of that fine?” McCain looked like a jerk.

    If he tries another trick tomorrow it’ll have to be a lot more subtly and artfully done than that. Perhaps try to make Obama sound naive, if McCain wants to return to his “experience” platform that he abandoned after the Palin pick. As you said, though, McCain’s a lousy debater and I think Obama’s developed into a first class one–if anybody’s going to fall for a trick it would be McCain. The only way for a mediocre debater to beat a great one is for the latter to completely blow it with a gaffe or a series of missteps–rather unlikely based on what we’ve seen from Obama.