It seems some folks think I’m bashing McCain a bit too much so let me point out – with the assistance of Eric Kleefeld – where McCain stood up for one of the smears from his supporters:
So much for John McCain’s promise of a “civil” campaign. In a conference call with bloggers today, McCain defended his campaign’s fundraising e-mail declaring that Hamas wants Barack Obama to win. “All I can tell you Jennifer [Rubin] is that I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States,” McCain said. “So apparently has Danny Ortega and several others. I think that people should understand that I will be Hamas’s worst nightmare … If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.”
Atta boy John!
Update: Josh Marshall has a quote from Kevin Flynn of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers proving John McCain is an elitist who is out of touch with average workers:
I was at the legislative conference when McCain lost his cool and began this tirade. Your readers are correct, his assertion was that no American would be willing to do this work for $50.00 an hour. There are those who will argue that offering such a wage to American workers would not be adequate incentive, but clearly to an audience of construction workers this is not the case. Our president was behind him on stage when he made this asinine comment in response to the public outcry he received because of his very vocal support of comprehensive immigration reform, Our president (and myself since I worked in the field as well) was struck dumb because our members (not unlike those of the other trades represented in the crowd) work 8-12 hours each day in the heat throughout the country bending over and laying 80 lb concrete blocks, heavy stone & marble, brick, and working in hellish conditions worse than the Arizona summer. Your original point was correct, John McCain is clueless when it comes to the economy or the experiences of ordinary people who work for a living. His only working experiences were as a pilot in the Navy and as a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It should be very apparent from this ludicrous offer he made to people doing similar work and in a fair number of states for less.