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McCain’s “Obama Wouldn’t Visit Troops” Attack Backfires

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McCain is better than that ad, and he shouldn’t have made it. What’s more, I think he knows this.

But just in case he doesn’t, the media is reminding him…

From Washington Post: For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.

From FactCheck.org: McCain’s facts are literally true, but his insinuation — that the visit was canceled because of the press ban or the desire for gym time — is false. In fact, Obama visited wounded troops earlier — without cameras or press — both in the U.S. and Iraq. And his gym workouts are a daily routine…

From NY Times: Mr. McCain repeatedly said Mr. Obama “would rather lose a war to win a political campaign” and that he “does not understand” what is at stake in Iraq. He also accused Mr. Obama of canceling a visit to wounded American troops in a German military hospital because news cameras were not allowed. That’s a false account of what occurred — and Mr. McCain ignored Mr. Obama’s unheralded visit to a combat hospital in Baghdad.

Ultimately, this ad makes him look petty and angry. Hell, even Mike Huckabee is noticing this…(from an apperance on Hannity & Colmes):

HUCKABEE: Well, I think he missed an opportunity. Instead of having some fun with it and showing sort of a buoyant ‘hey, do what you’ve got to do, let Obama go play basketball, I’m solving problems.’ Do it with tongue and cheek.

Frankly, I thought he looked more like Bob Dole in the last days of the 1996 campaign saying ‘look at the record, look at the record,’ and there was some anger and sense of frustration there.

He shouldn’t show that. He needs to show that nothing is getting to him, it’s rolling off his back, and I think he missed an opportunity to do that last week.

And so it goes…