John McCain Digs An Ever Deeper Hole
At least when John McCain screws up it’s in English. (Wink, wink.)
Mr. Foreign Policy Expert’s latest discombobulations are false claims that the Surge began well before it began (he apparently confused the Surge with the Anbar Awakening) and that a major Sunni sheik wouldn’t be around if it hadn’t been for the Surge. Alas, the sheik was actually offed by Al Qaeda-led insurgents in the midst of the Surge.
And speaking of dead people, the McCain campaign has unveiled a Web-based ad linking Barack Obama to Fidel Castro.
Every candidate is entitled to a few gaffes and an occasional bout of snarkiness. But McCain’s goof-ups occur with such regularity, they so often involve the one area that he claims expertise while he seems categorically unable to correct himself and talk straight when his straight talk isn’t, that I really have to wonder whether the guy is a few infantrymen short of a full platoon.
Then there’s this: Perceptions count as much or more than realities in the campaign world, and with every passing week McCain seems to act less and less presidential and more like an angry grandfather who lashes out when the grandchildren question his authority.
Sooner or later, that is bound to have a devastating effect when it comes to voters who are on the fence.