Amateur hour at the Obama campaign hit a new low. Let's show how this played out.
At 5:15 EDT this afternoon, Jonah Goldberg of National Review discussed the new Obama campaign ad, which claims McCain is out of touch because he is computer illiterate. Goldberg wondered:
Does anyone know why McCain doesn't use a computer or email? As a couple readers suggested to me, it might be because his injuries prevent it. I mean he can't lift his arms much higher than his chest and it looks like he has all sorts of other mobility problems with them. Maybe he can't type or use something like a blackberry. I don't know. But I hope the Obama campaign found out before they played the granpa Simpson card on McCain. I'd hate for Obama to be mocking a veteran's disability to score cheap points.
Well, it turns out that is EXACTLY what Obama did. As the Boston Globe profile of McCain during the Republican Primary season of 2000 noted:
McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
Less than 90 minutes after wondering why McCain is not big on computer usage, Goldberg posted the paragraph containing the snipet of the BoGlo article I referenced above and said:
In a similar vein I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways.
Mark Steyn had a sharp last word on this:
Jonah, why didn't the Obama guys and the AP figure that out? It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief knows how to send an e-mail ...but not how to do a five-minute Google search.
The Obama camp has become a disgrace.