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Joe Klein Banned From McCain Plane?

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My, how things have changed…

Time columnist Joe Klein, who’s been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said he’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 “couldn’t be accommodated at this time.”

“I’ve done nine presidential campaigns and this is the first time this has ever happened to me,” Klein said. “I was even allowed—I won’t say welcomed—on the Clinton plane in the summer of 1996 after I was revealed as the author of Primary Colors.”

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?

Weird.

Sorry, I read the above wrong. Just Maureen Dowd is banned.