I've been out of touch with a lot of the news for the last week, what with all that's happened, but I see in today's NY Times that Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has apologized to John McCain for some off-the-cuff remarks that Rockefeller made about his fellow senator:
In an interview in his home state, West Virginia, on Monday, Mr. Rockefeller, a Democrat, told The Charleston Gazette that Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, could not relate to the everyday concerns of people on issues like health care.Well, isn't that just special. So what in Rockefeller's original statement was incorrect? What did he get wrong? What wasn't true?
According to the article, Mr. Rockefeller said: “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”
On Tuesday, the McCain campaign demanded an apology, not just from Senator Rockefeller, but also from Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, because he has received the West Virginian’s endorsement.
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The Obama campaign also issued a statement: “Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain’s service to this country and he does not agree with what Senator Rockefeller said.”
Answer: Nothing. So why did Rockefeller feel the need to apologize for it?
That's one of the problems with the Democrats. They refuse to develop that killer instinct, that go-for-the-jugular technique of infighting that the Rethugs have perfected over the years. The Rethugs don't bring a knife to a gunfight, as the Swiftboating of John Kerry four years ago so amply demonstrated.
McCain is running a sub rosa campaign based on his Vietnam service, such as it was ("I don't like to talk about it, but did I mention that I was a POW?"), and it ought to be fair game to ask some questions about it, to criticize it, to wonder exactly what it is about it that made Grampaw Mac so ready to be president, but the wimpy Dems won't do it. The Rethugs obviously wouldn't have been so mealy-mouthed about it -- if the shoe were on the other foot, they would have told the "offended" to go piss up a rope.
Note to the Dems: This is not the way to win an election.