McCain to play fair?…or not..oh wait..playing fair again?

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, John McCain’s campaign manager Charlie Black was asked to discuss the recent tabloid-esque drama surrounding comments Sen. Barack Obama’s minister has made and surprisingly said it wasn’t a relevant issue.

Charlie Black: What Sen. McCain has said repeatedly, is that these candidates cannot be held accountable for all the views of people who endorse them, or people who befriend them. And fortunately, I heard you report earlier that Sen. Obama has repudiated these very unusual views. But what John McCain believes is that Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for their public policy views. The things we’ve described before. Big government vs. small government…

Joe: So this isn’t an issue for John McCain.

Charlie Black: I don’t think Sen. McCain wants to get in the middle of a discussion about Sen. Obama’s former pastor, or his faith. He believes that people who endorse you, people who befriend you, are entitled to their own views, but you are not personally held accountable. That when someone endorses you or befriends you, they are embracing your views – the candidate’s views – not the other way around.

However, this morning the McCain campaign included an opinion piece in its morning e-mail of articles to the press. The following appeared in the WSJ and was written by Ron Kessler.

Mr. Obama obviously would not choose to belong to Mr. Wright’s church and seek his advice unless he agreed with at least some of his views. In light of Mr. Wright’s perspective, Michelle Obama’s comment that she feels proud of America for the first time in her adult life makes perfect sense.

Much as most of us would appreciate the symbolism of a black man ascending to the presidency, what we have in Barack Obama is a politician whose closeness to Mr. Wright underscores his radical record.

The media have largely ignored Mr. Obama’s close association with Mr. Wright. This raises legitimate questions about Mr. Obama’s fundamental beliefs about his country. Those questions deserve a clearer answer than Mr. Obama has provided so far.

Hmmm…so Sen. McCain’s campaign manager decides to ignore what is a non-issue, but the campaign sends this article out to the press. Which side are we supposed to believe? However, now the McCain campaign said the inclusion of that article was a mistake. A campaign aide straightened things out by saying:

 It was an error. Obviously what’s important here is what Sen. McCain has said on it.

Hopefully they catch it next time. Or did they truly want the press to read the article and then say it was a mistake so the view would get put out there? Kind of reminds me how the Clinton campaign has been connected with statments like Geradine Ferraro’s that Obama is only in the race because he is black, or Hillary’s assertion that Obama is not Muslim “as far as I know.” What I do know is that these tabloid-esque scandals need to stop. Why can’t the candidates attack each other on real issues instead?


McCain’s Campaign Manager says Obama Shouldn’t Be Held Accountable for His Pastor’s Remarks – [DailyKos]
McCain Campaign Walks A Fine Line On Obama Attacks – [TIME]
Obama and the Minister – [Wall Street Journal]
McCain Campaign Returns To Solid Ground – [TIME]


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