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

Friday, July 25, 2008


I don't know what the Wall Street Journal did to piss John McCain off, but he let them have it. Apparently this journalist wrote some article about how coverage of Obama is getting the McCain camp all sore, which is unquestionably true (they sent around the "Obama Love" video, after all), but I guess saying that out loud is verboten. McCain just wants them to change their coverage.

Maybe the anger is coming from the realization that he's running such a terrible campaign. His impromptu press conference at a supermarket sounds like something out of a Will Ferrell movie:

When John McCain descended on a Bethlehem, Penn. grocery store late yesterday afternoon, the unscheduled campaign stop, meant to highlight McCain's concern over skyrocketing food prices, instead quickly became a theater for the absurd. First, a cameraman knocked over several glass jars of Mott's applesauce, which rolled near McCain's feet as he posed for a bevy of cameras while strolling the grocery aisles. Then, the senator's hastily assembled press conference, held in front of a perishable food case labeled "Dairy Delights," was interrupted by the scream of the store's P.A. system announcing a staffer had a phone call. Finally, there was the fact that Renee Gould, the young mother McCain had an extended chat with about the high price of tomatoes and milk, was not a random shopper, but an area resident funneled to the campaign by the local Republican Party. Gould's admission (a reporter cornered her and asked how she came to be there) was ultimately not all that surprising. Even with the amusing mishaps, the entire event came off as canned, and McCain—whose discomfort with the phoniness required by politics has always been evident—spent most of his time shifting uncomfortably.

(I guess that running a shit campaign makes him a straight-talking hero, or something.)

Similarly, his press conference in Columbus yesterday could barely be heard over wind chimes. This is Politics 101 stuff, and they're failing miserably.

I'd be mad too.

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