You have one of the most unpopular outgoing Presidents in history. You are facing a candidate that promises pretty much 4 more years of the policies of that unpopular President. Your opponent choses the mayor of B.F.E. as his running mate whose only foreign policy experience is the proximity of her state to Russia. So why are you behind in the polls and in real danger of losing?
Well this might have something to do with it. From Obama’s spokesman Dan Pfeiffer on his latest ad slamming McCain’s internet skills
“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.” (emphasis mine)
The only problem?
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.
Put aside for the moment that being able to use a keyboard is not a deal breaker if one desires to send an email, does Obama really want McCain’s POW card being used again, this time in the proper “noun verb POW” context? Yes McCain could send an email if he really wanted to learn even with his war inflicted injuries, but is the shi*storm that will likely ensue really worth it? (Can you say lipstick on a pig?)
Newsflash to Obama and his surrogates. Before criticizing your opponent for his lack of internet skills, maybe consider hiring someone that knows how to use the internet, you know like maybe Google, so that they can research your attacks before you make them. There is so many other things that you could slam McCain on, why choose this one?
UPDATE 9/13: If the point was whether or not McCain could actually use a keyboard or type, this Huffington Post story might have been damaging. Unfortunately the issue is providing the McCain spin machine with another opportunity to throw the victim card back in Obama’s face and no facts to the contrary seem to matter.