McCain Not Being Bush

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October 21, 2008 9:13 p.m.

You may have seen Democratic Rep. John Murtha’s sweeping statements about his part of western Pennsylvania being “racist” (and his subsequent “redneck” mea culpa). Not exactly laying the ground work for racial harmony. So John McCain arrived in Pennsylvania today all set to capitalize on Murtha’s boneheaded remarks. Well, McCain’s got the boneheaded part down:

You can see the glimmer of recognition of the flub, like he just chased Road Runner off the edge of the cliff. There’s the split-second decision to try to pull off a miracle escape. But his legs stop spinning and gravity takes over and from there it’s a long way down. For a guy who spent the last week reminding everyone he’s not Bush, that’s got to hurt.

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