Rich Lowry opines on the controversy surrounding Obama not visiting Landstuhl:
I buy the basic Obama defense of his decision not to visit Landstuhl. I don’t think he was deliberately snubbing wounded troops. So I think the McCain ad is unfair, but it hits on a key vulnerability of Obama—the sense that he’s above-it-all and entirely too grand for his own good. I think Jay Cost pretty much nails it here. If Obama’s trip proves to have been a mild negative it will be because it reinforced this sense of him.
Kevin Drum comments on Lowry:
Shorter Lowry: Yeah, he was lying, but that just makes the ad even more awesome! OK, now I’m being unfair. But considering how scurrilous this accusation was, couldn’t Lowry muster up just a slightly stronger condemnation than “but it makes a good point anyway”?
But was it unfair for Kevin to suggest that Lowry endorses brazen dishonesty. After all – the National Review routinely lies to its readers!