Friday, August 22, 2008

McCain's latest excuse on housing gaffe--They're Cindy's houses!

I found this Marc Ambinder post through Talking Points Memo. The latest McCain campaign excuse on why Republican presidential candidate can't remember how many houses he owns--they are Cindy McCain's homes. From Marc Ambinder:

Sen. John McCain's campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama 's ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko, the one-time Obama patron who was convicted earlier this summer of fraud.

A campaign official said that the decision to Go Rezko was Obama's. "He's opened the door to this," the official said.

The ad will be released to network news divisions in time for their broadcasts tonight.

Though McCain is widely perceived to to drawn first blood by attacking Obama's character, the official said that the difference between Obama's mocking McCain for his wealth and his shaky answer on the number of homes he owns was that McCain's charge "reflects an existential reality," where Obama's charges "attack Cindy. She owns the homes. I thought he said the wives were off-limits."

McCain strategists hope that Obama's brass knuckles punch doesn't work. "Americans don't like this class warfare stuff," the official said. They aspire to be rich, the official said. They don't aspire to eat arugala or hang out with celebrities.

Again, I could care less how many homes either John or Cindy McCain owns, the fact that John McCain can't even remember how many homes he owns shows just how clueless McCain really is. It shows just how out-of-touch McCain is to the average Americans' daily lives, or even the problems they face with the crashing housing market. That is the issue here--it is not about Cindy McCain.

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