Wednesday, August 06, 2008
What they said:
Edited for clarity:
ANDREA MITCHELL: I have the view that John McCain doesn't like the kind of politics he's engaging in but went along with his new, tougher political advisers.
ROGER SIMON: For a guy who's supposed to have such a famous temper, McCain really doesn't like attacking. I think Andrea is exactly right about that. Which is why I think he is often uncomfortable with his own campaign.
MIKE BARNICLE: McCain is very proud of, has been very proud of, and it's clear in talking to him over the years -- his sense of honor. And I think an ad like that would offend his sense of honor. Do you agree with that, Andrea?
MITCHELL: I do, but I think that he may have been misled about what Obama did or did not say, about how he may have been mischaracterized from the House caucus meeting that he attended. You know, there's a lot of anecdotal stuff out there, and in this Internet age and with the blogosphere, things are just ricocheting around. And there's no way that he could be tracking all of this himself.
MITCHELL: But I was one of those reporters who was there and reported affirmatively that there was no plan to take the press. But I can tell you, knowing John McCain, he would be very offended, and justifiably so, if his advisers said to him, you know, he was going to take the press and then he canceled it because he couldn't take this entourage. He would have been offended by that, but it didn't happen ... and he was misled, if that's what he was told.
It is stunning how responsibility never reaches the top. If you are being led around by the nose by your top underlings without understanding what is going on, you are too incompetent to lead a fast food joint, much less the United States of America.
And yet CEO's, Alberto Gonzalez, the military, the White House all get a pass because the buck stops at people just short of the top.
All the power and none of the responsibility make for a disasterous combination.
Nothing unusual here. Just two members of John McCain's base campaigning hard to get him elected.
They might as well be sporting "McCain for President" buttons. Their display of support for the man is obvious.
Tonight the guest host for Chris "Puke" Matthews on Hardball asked a question of a former McCain spokesperson and a Democratic strategist... this subsitute "moderator" asked if character wasn't McCain's strongest suit, then let the former McCain spokesperson go on and on about it for a while.