Already a Busy Week at the Firing Range
Exactly two hours before Sen. Joe Biden was scheduled to take the stage for his unveiling as Sen. Barack Obama's running mate on the Democratic ticket, an e-mail arrived from the Republican National Committee laying out the case against both men. Printed out, it ran seven pages.
Before sun-up Sunday, John McCain's campaign had rolled out two television ads blasting the Obama ticket, including one that accused Obama of snubbing rival Hillary Clinton in the VP sweepstakes.
Almost immediately, the Obama camp fired back at McCain, labeling the ads "demonstrably false."
Within hours, I received an e-mail release from Hillary Clinton's office restating her support of Obama, and their shared "commitment to changing the direction of the country, getting out of Iraq, and expanding access to health care." Clinton chided McCain for not including those remarks in his ad.
All that by lunchtime.
I cut my political teeth on the 1952 presidential campaign between Republican candidate and war hero Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Illinois Democratic Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson. The toughest campaign ad was Eisenhower's animated cartoon about himself accompanied by an Irvine Berlin tune, "I like Ike."
Folks, as comedian Flip Wilson used to say, "are so touchy these days."
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