Sen. John McCain finally found a salient line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama's remarkably resilient public profile. Throughout the campaign, calling Obama a defeatist, elitist or troop-hater has not been so effective. Calling him a joke, however, may be lethal.Howie P.S.: Apparently Obama read Melber's article. Late this afternoon he asked McCain to take him seriously, saying "McCain should stop questioning character:"
Few people found the smear-riddled cartoon -- or McCain's ads -- to actually be laugh-out-loud funny. Republican operatives, however, got the last laugh.
"These are the judgments I've made and the policies that we have to debate, because we do have differences in this election," Obama said. "One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can't disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism. I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America's national interest. Now, it's time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same.Barack Obama
"Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country."