What a pity Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has decided not to heed his own advice. Or maybe he forgot what it was.
It was McCain, who in the heat of the hard-fought 2000 Republican primary campaign famously noted that: “Politics ain’t bean bag.”
And he was absolutely right. The hustings can be a tough neighborhood and nothing is more demanding than the long march of a presidential campaign.
So it seemed a bit odd the other day when the McCain camp started whining more than Nick Bollea over his Pinellas County Jail conditions simply because his Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Barack Obama is getting the rock star treatment on his current overseas travels.
After all, McCain had been taunting Obama to take the trip. So he did. And now the Arizona senator is getting all flustered that the media is paying attention?
“The media is in love [with Obama]” pouted a McCain campaign e-mail, which accused the press corps covering the Illinois senator’s trip of “being in the tank” for the candidate.
Uh, just what did McCain expect? That Obama’s travels abroad would be relegated to the back pages of the papers, a mere 15-second clip on the nightly news shows?
Did McCain expect that Obama would simply play tourist and stroll through the markets buying cheap gee-gaws for his daughters and take the obligatory photo of pretending to be holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Rather Obama has done precisely what McCain goaded him into - traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan, meeting with the troops and consulting with newly minted Central Command leader Gen. David Petraeus.
Is it Obama’s fault heads of state have being tripping over themselves to have a photo-op with the candidate? Was it Obama’s fault even Jordan’s King Abdullah traveled from Colorado to Amman to meet with the senator, even driving the nominee to the airport himself?
Did McCain think no one would notice Obama was in town?
And now McCain is miffed that the network news coverage is extensive of Obama meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olhmert, while he gets short shrift for yet another of many town hall meetings?
The fact is the travels of a candidate who might well become president of the United States visiting Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the numerous world leaders he would have to deal with is a major news story.
“The network news anchors are falling over each other to get their exclusive abroad interviewing Obama,” sniffed McCain campaign flack Jeff Sadowsky. “It’s clear he’s their darling.”
Okay, everybody now - Boo-Hoo.
The McCain campaign kvetching about media coverage is more disingenuous than Mitt Romney claiming to be an avid hunter.
Did the Arizona senator complain about being a media darling during his 2000 presidential campaign, when reporters flocked to travel aboard his Straight Talk Express bus? And was it not attentive press coverage, which kept McCain’s campaign afloat when it seemed on the verge of collapsing?
Indeed few national political figures have enjoyed more positive media coverage than John McCain.
Rather, would it not be unreasonable to asume that what is really at work here is more a sense of jealousy, or perhaps the sense that a political gambit has backfired?
For instead of exposing his opponent as weak on national security issues, or unworldly in the ways of diplomacy, as the McCain camp had hoped, Obama has emerged as quite comfortable on the international stage - presidential even.
Yes, it is true that politics ain’t bean bag. It is also, at times an object lesson in being careful what you wish for.
Posted by George Dixon, Riverview on 08/04 at 06:43 PM
In the Aug 4 Tribune, GJ. Taylor complains about Obama’s “tax-payer funded trip to Europe and the Mideast” It’s too bad this person doesn’t have the facts. The European portion of the trip was paid for by his campaign, as that part of the trip was not for official Senate business. (This is fact and can be read on Foxnews.com, so no one can say I got this from some liberal site.
If someone wants to discuss a topic, it sure would be nice if they could get the facts beforehand, which doesn’t mean listening to a right wing talk show host expecting to hear facts.
Posted by George Dixon, Riverview on 07/25 at 08:27 PM
Well, what else would you expect from McCain besides whining? He cannot state facts correctly-specifically regarding the Iraq Occupation, he says one thing, and then says the opposite shortly thereafter, and really doesn’t have any substantial issues to run on.
Maybe it would help his campaign if he ran that news clip of himself after the Republican Convention in 2000 saying in secession about 5 times….“I Support George Bush”.
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