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McCain’s Odd Definition Of “Out Of Touch”

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Recently, McCain admonished North Carolina Republicans as being “out of touch” for wanting to run this ad…

Now, let’s make one thing clear. Obama was not at church during the “god damn America” sermon and he’s made that clear. The commercial purposefully tries to blur that line and suggest Obama agrees with Wright’s sentiment, and for that reason alone it’s a piece of partisan garbage. However, the point that’s being made, that Obama’s views fall out of line with North Carolinians, is a pretty standard campaign tactic.

So when McCain came out forcefully condemning the ad, I was impressed. Honestly, it didn’t seem like the worst of the worse, but to put a stake in the ground now about Wright was encouraging.

Here’s what he said…

“There’s no place for that kind of campaigning, the American people don’t want it, period,’’ Mr. McCain told reporters on his bus this morning. He said he had not seen the ad and hoped that he wouldn’t, but that he had been given a description of it.

“I understand that it moves numbers, negative ads do all that, but that doesn’t mean it’s right,’’ Mr. McCain said.

Good deal, right? McCain comes out swinging at the partisan hacks, right?

Well, yeah…but then he did something really odd…

On a conference call with right-wing bloggers, he said the following about Hamas’ recent “endorsement” of Obama:

“I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States,” said McCain, his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, in a conversation with conservative bloggers.

According to a transcript posted on the website of the Weekly Standard magazine, he said: “I think that people should understand that I will be Hamas’s worst nightmare … If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.”

Jeezus…

Can you imagine those statements being turned into a commercial? It would be just as hacky as the one the North Carolina Republicans want to run. Maybe even more so.

So basically, McCain would do well to quit this nonsense. Because not only does it make him look like a hypocrite, but after being told to vote Republican for the past 8 years or die at the hands of the terrorists, my guess is independents and swing voters will not take kindly to having that same argument thrown at them again.

In other words, don’t be so “out of touch” John.