Patriot games: On Sunday, Gen. Wesley Clark (pictured) questioned McCain’s military record as a qualification for the presidency. On Monday, McCain rejected Clark’s criticism, and criticized Obama, who said he didn’t want his own patriotism questioned.
Monday brought yet another round of political Mad Libs, which proceeds as follows: 1. (Insert surrogate name here), adviser to (candidate)‘s presidential campaign, slams (rival candidate) for lack/excess of (personal quality) on (major media outlet); 2. (Rival candidate) blasts (surrogate), hints that such antics reveal opposition’s true character; 3. (Candidate) distances self from (surrogate), who goes on to apologize and perhaps step down; 4. Repeat as necessary.
“Top of the Ticket” in the Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama just delivered a speech on patriotism in Independence, Mo., hometown of what was once America’s most powerful haberdasher, and offered a mild rebuke to Wesley Clark, who took on John McCain’s military record the other day in rather scorching terms.
And just to make it clear, an Obama spokesman sent out this brief statement as Obama was speaking: “As he’s said many times before, Senator Obama honors and respects Senator McCain’s service, and, of course, he rejects yesterday’s statement by General Clark.”
[...] “I think that that kind of thing is unnecessary,” said McCain. “I am proud of my record of service, and I have plenty of friends and leaders who will attest to that. But the important thing is if that’s the kind of campaign that Sen. Obama surrogates and supporters want to engage, I understand, but it does not reduce the price of gas by one penny ... doesn’t help Americans stay in their homes ... it certainly doesn’t do anything to address the challenges that Americans have in keeping their jobs, and their homes and supporting their families.”