What a difference 15 days makes. Here was chief McCain surrogate and all-around douchebag Joe Lieberman on the subject of character attacks and Reverend Wright on October 5, 2008:
Wallace asked Lieberman if McCain would bring up Rev. Jeremiah Wright after condemning state Republican parties for running ads criticizing Obama for his relationship with the controversial figure.How Maverwocky! But – quelle surprise! -- after the Ayers attacks flopped and the heartless electorate failed to shed tears over the prospect of poor Joe the (not quite) Plumber having to pay additional taxes if his income ever exceeds $250K per year, now suddenly a different "kind of line drawing" may be in order after all:
Lieberman responded: "He [McCain] didn't like that approach. Senator McCain feels that same way about bringing up Reverend Wright through his campaign. And that's the kind of line drawing that I think John McCain is all about."
John McCain's campaign manager says he is reconsidering using Barack Obama's relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue during the election's closing weeks.Like Joe (Joe the Douchebag, not Joe the Plumber) says, that's just the kind of line drawing McCain is all about. Tbogg was right -- McCain really is becoming the pity fuck candidate, and it’s not a pretty sight.
In an appearance on conservative Hugh Hewitt's radio program, Davis said that circumstances had changed since John McCain initially and unilaterally took Obama's former pastor off the table. The Arizona Republican, Davis argued, had been jilted by the remarks of Rep. John Lewis, who compared recent GOP crowds to segregationist George Wallace's rallies. And, as such, the campaign was going to "rethink" what was in and out of political bounds.
"Look, John McCain has told us a long time ago before this campaign ever got started, back in May, I think, that from his perspective, he was not going to have his campaign actively involved in using Jeremiah Wright as a wedge in this campaign," he said late last week. "Now since then, I must say, when Congressman Lewis calls John McCain and Sarah Palin and his entire group of supporters, fifty million people strong around this country, that we're all racists and we should be compared to George Wallace and the kind of horrible segregation and evil and horrible politics that was played at that time, you know, that you've got to rethink all these things. And so I think we're in the process of looking at how we're going to close this campaign. We've got 19 days, and we're taking serious all these issues."
[Cross-posted at Rumproast]