Fighting shape

Many in the media have been critical of Barack Obama, suggesting that he wasn’t tough enough to battle the GOP in the fall. They cited his unwillingness to attack Hillary Clinton as an example.

Obama, however, did not want to alienate Hillary’s supporters. He got tough at times, but he often held back, knowing he would need her supporters in the fall.

With McCain, Obama is not holding back. He’s still running a generally positive campaign, but he’s showing he’s more than willing to go toe-to-toe with McCain on foreign policy and other isuues.

The latest scuffles involves McCain’s mistatement shere he claimed that our troops in Iraq were down to pre-surge levels. That was incorrect. Troop levels are 20,000 above pre-surge levels. McCain, however, would not acknowledge that he mispoke.

McCain has been hammering Obama for not visiting Iraq, so Obama took this opportunity to go after McCain.

We all misspeak sometimes. I’ve done it myself. So on such a basic, factual error, you’d think that Senator McCain would just admit that he made a mistake and move on. But he couldn’t do that. Instead, he dug in. And the disturbing thing is that we’ve seen this movie before — a leader who pursues the wrong course, who is unwilling to change course, who ignores the evidence. Now, just like George Bush, John McCain refused to admit that he made a mistake. And that’s exactly the kind of leadership that we’ve had through more than five years of fighting a war that should’ve never been authorized, and should’ve never been waged.

We don’t need more leaders who can’t admit they’ve made a mistake, even when it’s about something as fundamental as how many young Americans are serving in harm’s way.

This is great stuff. McCain was gaining traction with the issue of Obama’s visits to Iraq, but then he makes a fundamental mistatement about troop levels and is unwilling to correct himself. And then Obama hammers him. Get ready for more of the same.

Sam Nunn for VP?

He might be Obama’s best choice.

Scott McClellan speaks

This guy looked like such a fool when he was press secretary, mostly because he was such a terrible liar. His attempts to avoid answering questions were pathetic. Now we know why. Basically, the man has a brain and a soul.

With his new book, he comes clean and tells the truth about the Bush White House. Some former colleagues have criticized him for not speaking up back then. His response was very credible – at the time he gave Bush and his team the benefit of the doubt. Now he knows they were not telling the truth. Here’s McClellan on the Today show.

Right wing nuts strike again

This is hilarious.

Dunkin Donuts has pulled a commercial featuring pitchwoman Rachael Ray wearing a scarf because Michelle Malkin and other conservative observers thought the scarf looked too much like a keffiyeh, what Malkin describes as “the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.”

Another lobbyist connection for the McCain campaign

The McCain campaign has lost numerous advisors who turned out to be lobbyists for foreign government and various corporations. Now it appears that Phil Graham, McCain’s economics advisor, was a lobbyist for Swiss bank UBS at the same time he was advising McCain on how to deal with the mortgage crisis. UBS has serious exposure in the area. Now it looks like McCain has some exposure as well.

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