McCain took a shot at Obama on Iraq, only to find out he was missing a hand.

When I saw this earlier today, I thought “ah, jeeze, here we go again.” McCain didn’t watch the debate last night, and his line about Obama and Iraq assumes the audience is stupid, but the “news” media will pick this up and run with it. Same old stupid.

“I’m not embarrassed to tell you that I did not watch the Democrat debate last night,” McCain said, “but I am told that Senator Obama made the statement that if Al Qaeda came back to Iraq after he withdraws — after the American troops are withdrawn — then he would send military troops back, if Al Qaeda established a military base in Iraq. I have some news: Al Qaeda is in Iraq. Al Qaeda, it’s called Al Qaeda in Iraq

Yep. Give the Republican-owned media another eight months and they can ensure that that will be your president.

Uh, no. I was wrong. Here’s Obama wiping the floor with the old man:

“So, you know, this is how politics works. McCain thought that he could make a clever point by saying, ‘Well, let me give you some news Barack, al Qaeda IS in Iraq,’ like I wasn’t reading the papers. Like I didn’t know what was going on.”

Obama went on to lay the blame for terrorist activity in Iraq on McCain’s shoulders. “But I have some news for John McCain,” Obama said, “and that was that there’s no such thing as al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq!”

He added: “I’ve gone some news for John McCain: He took us into a war, along with George Bush, that should have never been authorized and never been waged. They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11, and that would be al Qaeda in Afghanistan that is stronger now than anytime since 2001.”

“I’ve been paying attention John McCain! That’s the news,” Obama roared into the mic so loudly that he was barely intelligible. The crowd of college students screamed encouragingly.

“So John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell,” Obama said, “but so far all he’s done is follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq that’s cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars.”

Yes, Senator Obama, that is how politics works.  Glad to see a Democrat who understands that. You gave the “news” media what they want: a spectacle … the spectacle of a pickup truck running over a chicken.

McCain already looked stupid as soon as he opened his mouth, commenting on something he clearly didn’t see himself. But the media can sell stupid. What the media cannot sell is pathetic. After Obama opened his mouth, McCain wound up looking like vandalized corpse.

The strategy is clear: McCain is going to go after Obama’s lack of experience, but Obama is going to bitchslap him with McCain’s own, shitty record. Advantage: Obama. People already want change. Offered the choice between a newcomer and a proven failure, they’ll pick Obama.