As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Saturday, July 26, 2008


McCain has a weekly radio address now? Isn't that something a President does once they're in office? Shouldn't he wait until November to take a victory lap? Doesn't he know his place?

What about calling himself President in an ad? Doesn't he get there's 100 days to go?

These, of course, are all questions you'll never hear directed at McCain, but at Obama, and actually I think he did a good job batting them down.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wrapped up his weeklong foreign tour Saturday, meeting at length with past, present and possibly future British prime ministers and rebutting charges from Republican John McCain's campaign that the trip amounted to a "premature victory lap" by an overly confident candidate.

Obama argued that McCain had long ago urged him to take a foreign trip and now was complaining because he had done so. "John McCain has visited every one of these countries post primary that I have," Obama told a scrum of reporters on the driveway outside No. 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister lives and works.

"He has given speeches in Canada, in Colombia, Mexico, he made visits," he added. "And so it doesn't strike me that we have done anything different than the McCain campaign has done, which is to recognize that part of the job of the next president, commander in chief is to forge effective relationships with our allies."

Quite right. It is time for him to get back home. Hobnobbing with an exuberant Nicolas Sarkozy and hundreds of thousands of screaming Germans is fine for July, but it's time to take control of the domestic policy debate. That said, the trip was successful as a marker that Obama can point to in the future, to reference when making his foreign policy case.

And anything that makes John Bolton spittle with rage was worth doing, no matter how "presumptuous" it looks.

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