Here’s LA Times blogger Andrew Malcolm, who was Laura Bush’s press secretary in 1999-2000, trying to make something out of nothing and playing John McCain’s POW card for him:
As part of its effort to show the 72-year-old Republican Sen. John McCain as old and out of touch, the Democratic Party’s hip campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, which frequently says it honors the former POW’s military service to his country, Friday released a new ad.
As noted Friday by our blogging colleagues over at the Technology blog here, the ad says, among other things: “1982, John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn’t.
“He admits he doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail.”
Like many of his generation, McCain does not like to talk details a lot about his wartime experiences, certainly not about any lingering physical symptoms. To be honest, it could sound like complaining and, as he’s ruefully noted, unlike many others, McCain did come home […]
Here’s a passage from a lengthy Boston Globe profile on McCain that was published the last time he ran for president. It was headlined “McCain character loyal to a fault.” It was written by Mary Leonard.
And it was printed more than eight years ago, on March 4, 2000.
It is available online, where Jonah Goldberg of The Corner blog at the National Review found it.
“McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan — Ted Williams is his hero — but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.”
OK, it’s a nice story, but here’s John McCain using a Blackberry.
Here’s an article from HuffPo about his learning to use Internet:
BRZEZINSKI: Does John McCain, does he use the internet? Does he use email? […]
DAVIS: He actually is, he always is grabbing people’s Blackberrys on the bus. In fact, no reporter’s Blackberry is safe from his prying eyes. He loves to tool around on the internet, he especially loves the videos that get produced that usually poke fun at him. I think that’s his most entertaining part of the internet.
Now, maybe his thumbs work and his fingers don’t, but considering that he said in the same article that he’s learning to get on the Internet by himself, I highly doubt the veracity of this. Oh, and here’s Tucker Bounds claiming he travels with a laptop:
“John McCain travels with a laptop,” said McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds. “This is a senseless tactic from Obama’s campaign because they’re struggling with the realization that the American people understand he is not equipped to deliver change because his record has no bipartisanship or significant legislative accomplishment in it.”
This had the makings of another hissy fit, but it’s transparent nonsense.
I hate the stupid season.