Joe the McCain
October 25, 2008 2 Comments
He’s finally been booted out of the campaign:
Joe McCain said: “I feel terrible about having hurt the campaign over this incident. I won’t be doing any more campaigning because of that.”
… McCain’s brother has been in the news on other occasions recently.
Joe McCain, speaking at an event in early October in support of his brother, called two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia “communist country.”
“I’ve lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country,” the younger McCain, a Navy veteran, said at an event in Loudoun County, Va.
Joe McCain then apologized, but the remark reportedly drew laughter at the event.
About a week later, the candidate’s brother sent an e-mail blasting the campaign’s “counter-productive” strategy.
“Let John McCain be John McCain,” Joe McCain wrote in the e-mail. “Make ads that show John not as crank and curmudgeon but as a great leader for his time.”
McCain’s brother was sharply critical of unidentified top campaign officials who “so tightly ‘control the message’” that they are preventing reporters from speaking with those, like himself, who know the candidate best.
Sure, it isn’t fair to pick on poor John McCain for the outrageous behavior of his brother. However, with all the “Joe the Plumber” talk, if being McCain was an occupation, “Joe the McCain” seems like a perfect example…