Not to get too rednecky on y'all, but where I grew up, we called this stomping a mudhole in someone's ass and walking it dry. (Yes, I am aware that Stone Cold Steve Austin appropriated the phrase.) And he's not just stomping John McCain either.
The growing Obama clout derives not from national polls, where his lead is modest. Nor is it a gift from the press, which still gives free passes to its old bus mate John McCain. It was laughable to watch journalists stamp their feet last week to try to push Mr. Obama into saying he was “wrong” about the surge. More than five years and 4,100 American fatalities later, they’re still not demanding that Mr. McCain admit he was wrong when he assured us that our adventure in Iraq would be fast, produce little American “bloodletting” and “be paid for by the Iraqis.”They sure aren't. Indeed, when they're not giving McCain donuts with sprinkles, they're busy covering for him when he says something stupid, which happens a lot. Rich helpfully points some of those out.
Once again the candidate was making factual errors about the only subject he cares about, imagining an Iraq-Pakistan border and garbling the chronology of the Anbar Awakening. Once again he displayed a tantrum-prone temperament ill-suited to a high-pressure 21st-century presidency. His grim-faced crusade to brand his opponent as a traitor who wants to “lose a war” isn’t even a competent impersonation of Joe McCarthy. Mr. McCain comes off instead like the ineffectual Mr. Wilson, the retired neighbor perpetually busting a gasket at the antics of pesky little Dennis the Menace.I especially liked the oil rig bit, being a Louisiana boy and all. I know McCain is from Arizona and all, but he has to have seen a hurricane on tv before at least, right? Someone on his staff maybe? Or were they hoping to get him out there on a rig, in the storm, looking like a Weather Channel reporter only to be told just how stupid of an idea that was? We will never know, sadly. We only know that he doesn't look good when compared to Barack Obama.
The week’s most revealing incident occurred on Wednesday when the new, supposedly improved McCain campaign management finalized its grand plan to counter Mr. Obama’s Berlin speech with a “Mission Accomplished”-like helicopter landing on an oil rig off Louisiana’s coast. The announcement was posted on politico.com even as any American with a television could see that Hurricane Dolly was imminent. Needless to say, this bit of theater was almost immediately “postponed” but not before raising the question of whether a McCain administration would be just as hapless in anticipating the next Katrina as the Bush-Brownie storm watch.