McCain Slams Obama for Dissing Troops
In his latest ad, “Troops,” John McCain is trying to make hay of Barack Obama’s decision not to visit the troops in Landstuhl, Germany once he found out he couldn’t bring his campaign staff:
The key sound byte: “He made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras.”
This strikes me as a weak attack and a poor campaign strategy. First, Obama can rightly blame the Pentagon for the canceled trip even though it’s technically true that he was free to go in his capacity as a United States Senator if he left his campaign staff and camera crew behind. Second, my guess is that those who are going to vote on the basis of such things are already in McCain’s camp.
Beyond that, using “the troops” as part of a political message risks coming across as unseemly. For that matter, “Country first” isn’t a political slogan, it’s a personal creed.