Time columnist Joe Klein, whoâ€™s been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said heâ€™s unwilling to accept a post-election apology), has found himself without a seat on the McCain or Palin planes the past four months.
In June, Klein was kept from boarding the McCain plane over what they said had been a security issue. More recently, when trying to fly on the Palin plane last week, Klein told Politico over e-mail that the campaign’s response was he â€œcouldnâ€™t be accommodated at this time.â€
â€œIâ€™ve done nine presidential campaigns and this is the first time this has ever happened to me,â€ Klein said. â€œI was even allowedâ€”I wonâ€™t say welcomedâ€”on the Clinton plane in the summer of 1996 after I was revealed as the author of Primary Colors.â€
Also having problems getting on McCain’s planes? Maureen Dowd,
and TIME’s Jay Carney and…Mark Halperin? The same Mark Halperin who was essentially saying that McCain had a better shot of winning before the economic crisis hit?
Sorry, I read the above wrong. Just Maureen Dowd is banned.