The McCain campaign is so absurd they even lost Fred Hiatt’s ship of fools at the WaPo:
IT’S HARD to think of a presidential campaign with a wider chasm between the seriousness of the issues confronting the country and the triviality, so far anyway, of the political discourse. On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government’s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Sen. John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Sen. Barack Obama for using the phrase “lipstick on a pig” and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.
Now, some of you out there might think of this is bad news for McCain. Au contraire, young padawan. This is how this will play out.
1.) Confident that they have done their duty calling out McCain for this foolishness, the WaPo will nonetheless continue to uncritically spread their bullshit.
2.) The McCain campaign will take this editorial as a badge of honor, and state that this shows how they are insurgents and outsiders, and the beltway establishment media hates them for it. This will further whip up the bubbas in the base.
3.) Simultaneously, the McCain campaign will restrict access to folks associated with the WaPo while maybe blatantly leaking scoops to their opposition. Additionally, the PR campaign against the WaPo launched by the McCain hacks and waged in large part by the wingnut blogosphere and their PR organs (NRO, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Hugh Hewitt, Hot Air) will begin to make the WaPo cower. Howard Kurtz will serve as an intermediary, bashing the WaPo from within by linking to the criticisms in the wingnut blogosphere.
4.) Days of restricted campaign access and negative campaigning against the WaPO pay off, and Hiatt and others approve numerous editorials alternately slamming Obama and praising McCain and Palin. About what? Who cares? This will be done in the name of “balance.”
McCain gains 2 points in the polls, Rovian politics wins again, Democrats begin infighting and wondering why Obama doesn’t just fight back. I drink heavily.