John McCain is making it too easy to paint him as a tired old man who can’t be bothered to pay attention.

“I respect him and the campaign that he has run, but there’s going to come a time when we have to get into specifics,” McCain told reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “I’ve not observed every speech he’s given, obviously, but they are singularly lacking in specifics.”

John McCain: out of touch.



Via Balloon-Juice, this is just plain weird:

On Wednesday, a top adviser to John McCain said more definitively than he has in the past that he will step down from the Arizona senator’s presidential campaign if the presumed GOP nominee faces Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the general election.

“I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama,” said McCain adviser Mark McKinnon in an interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered.” “I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.”

If you can’t go negative, you can’t sell a Republican. Negative campaigning drives down voter-participation, and lower turnouts favor the conservative candidates. So, why is McKinnon uncomfortable attacking Obama specifically?



OK, and now the presumptive Republican nominee, hereafter to be referred to as Senator Self-Destructing Dumbass, just voted for torture.

Sheesh. There goes the “he’s a war hero because he was imprisoned and tortured” line. Hard to talk about his sacrifices in Hanoi Hilton when he just endorsed their methods.