This response is pretty limp:
“We’re delighted to have a real estate debate with Barack Obama,” said spokesman Brian Rogers, adding that the press should focus on Obama’s house. “It’s a frickin’ mansion. He doesn’t tell people that. You have a mansion you bought in a shady deal with a convicted felon.”
The felon reference was to Tony Rezko, a former Obama friend and financial backer who was convicted on fraud and bribery charges this year. Rogers vowed to intensify efforts to link Obama to Rezko in the coming days.
“That’s fair game now,” he said. “You are going to see more of that now that this issue has been joined. You’ll see more of the Rezko matter from us.”
The McCain campaign was in full damage-control mode as the housing story took off today. Rogers tried to play down the story, saying that reports of the many McCain houses were overstated.
“The reality is they have some investment properties and stuff. It’s not as if he lives in ten houses. That’s just not the case,” Rogers said. “The reality is they have four that actually could be considered houses they could use.”
You know what? Where is all this Rezko dirt the PUMA’s said was going to show up. Near as I can tell, Obama was not even a factor in the Rezko case, and I am sure that would have come up by now, wouldn’t it? Addditionally, the “I don’t live in my seven houses, I just live in four, the rest are investments” is a really solid way to show how normal you are. Obama, you know, actually lives in his.
Then the kicker:
He also added: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison,” referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.
I remember mocking Kerry in 2004, ending almost every post with “BTW- did you know Kerry was in Vietnam?” because the references were inserted in everything he said and did. McCain is even worse than Kerry with the gratuitous references.
This attack clearly has the McCain camp worried. Keep pushing it. These guys are like the loudmouth right-wing bloggers. Punch back and they do not know what to do. They have two modes- asshole, and out of control asshole.