The Mother Of All Gaffes

Jonah Goldberg proves that one man with Google is smarter than the entire Obama campaign:

The day after 9/11, as part of its “get tough” makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn’t use a computer. From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

“Our economy wouldn’t survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats,” [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. “It’s extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn’t know how to send an e-mail.”

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by “extraordinary.” The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

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.

Yeah, we’ll be hearing about this one for a while.

I’m not crazy about demanding apologies for political rhetoric gone awry, but The One is going to be apologizing for this act of random stupidity for a long time to come.

As others have noted already, this also speaks very poorly of the AP and the rest of the MSM solons who couldn’t be bothered to find out what Jonah learned in a few minutes of Googling.

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11 Responses to “The Mother Of All Gaffes”

  1. Marco Says:

    Yeah, and I also hopethat team McCain keeps silent on this one. Let the blogosphere take care of it.

    This one’s gonna leave a mark.

  2. Stephen Green Says:

    Net up: Barack Obama berates Stephen Hawking for not getting enough exercise.

  3. Marco Says:

    If you will permit, one more comment.

    Remember that Onion ‘editorial’ in ‘Our Dumb Century’ about FDR entitled “Why does our joyless president never dance?” (I really didn’t think it was all that funny when I read it.)

    But what does it say about your ability to lead if your campaign communications compare unfavourably with the Onion?

  4. Obama Ad Makes Fun That McCain Can’t E-mail..Will He Follow Up With McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes? | Right Voices Says:

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  5. jimmy Says:

    Maybe Charlie Gibson can ask the question?

  6. jaymaster Says:

    Irregardless of McCain’s physical disabilities, I can’t see how, best case, this ad could have ever played well with the older American crowd. And they outnumber the “youth vote” in actual votes cast by probably 4 to 1.

    Wow.

    No wonder Hamas wants to see Obama elected.

  7. tree hugging sister Says:

    Leaving the pointless harassment of the smarter-than-your-average-bear-rocket-scientists-who-know-better-than-you-how-to-run-your-life running the Obama campaign (or mocking whatever sum it is they’re being paid for said sage advice) and their lack of Googling acumen to those better prepared than I, it is worth noting that EVERY SINGLE SEVENTY PLUS SOMETHING I know ~ when not pursuing sexual hi jinks at The Villages ~ is ACTIVELY pursuing them online and keeping track of emails AND printing/designing McCain campaign literature, etc., etc., etc.

    Oh, Mr. NObama, do not EVEN infer that the blue haired tigers of the retired belt are befuddled by that spidery Web. I’m sure even YOUR typical white granny can run circles around you checking in with her girlfriends.

    You, sir…are a dolt. Your help…is over paid.

  8. Vincent Says:

    “Q: What websites if any do you look at regularly?

    Mr. McCain: Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously, everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes I look at Politico. Sometimes RealPolitics, sometimes.

    (Mrs. McCain and Ms. Buchanan both interject: “Meagan’s blog!”)

    Mr. McCain: Excuse me, Meagan’s blog. And we also look at the blogs from Michael and from you that may not be in the newspaper, that are just part of your blog.

    Q: But do you go on line for yourself?

    Mr. McCain: They go on for me. I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need – including going to my daughter’s blog first, before anything else.

    Q: Do you use a blackberry or email?

    Mr. McCain: No

    Mark Salter: He uses a BlackBerry, just ours.

    Mr. McCain: I use the Blackberry, but I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. I have the luxury of being in contact with them literally all the time. We now have a phone on the plane that is usable on the plane, so I just never really felt a need to do it. But I do – could I just say, really – I understand the impact of blogs on American politics today and political campaigns. I understand that. And I understand that something appears on one blog, can ricochet all around and get into the evening news, the front page of The New York Times. So, I do pay attention to the blogs. And I am not in any way unappreciative of the impact that they have on entire campaigns and world opinion.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/us/politics/13text-mccain.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

  9. NukemHill Says:

    So now we have the entire Obama/Biden ticket gaffing around someone’s handicap. Biden exhorts a man in a wheel chair to “get up”, and Obama taking a whiff of the stupid gas around McCain’s war injuries.

    Wow. Not ready for primetime indeed.

  10. varifrank Says:

    And FDR was total crap on the dance floor.

  11. denise Says:

    Maybe McCain not sending emails shows that he is highly computer savvy. If you don’t send emails, you can’t get burned by something you’ve said in an email. Sometimes a digital trail is more trouble than it’s worth.

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