Friday, June 20, 2008
O John McCain (You're Getting Bad Advice)
John McCain is going to Ottawa.
No, Senator McCain is not joining the Conservative Party or trying to run for Prime Minister. He's going to Ottawa to make a speech about NAFTA.
Now, we love Ottawa — even those of us cats not named "Zamboni." We love the Houses of Parliament, the Canadian War Museum, the Byward Market and Darcy McGee's. We just don't think — despite the fact that the last time we were there we saw "RON PAUL '08" written in the snow — that there are a lot of registered U.S. voters there.
Meanwhile, Senator Obama is launching a huge media buy, including T.V. spots in such far-flung (and traditionally Republican) states such as Alaska and North Carolina. Which means he's expanding the playing field, venturing into GOP strongholds — while the McCain campaign surely is being forced by financial difficulties to take some states off the table, even at this relatively early stage.
And yet — the McCain campaign thinks that going to Ottawa is a good use of the Senator's time. Hmmm.
As if that weren't enough, Senator McCain's trip is also a gift to Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party. It gives them the perfect opportunity to once again ask whether Stephen Harper's Tory government inserted itself in the U.S. Presidential campaign when it leaked the details of a meeting about NAFTA between an Obama adviser and someone from Maxime Bernier's foreign affairs office.
(Hmmm, again. Max Bernier... It seems as if we've written about him before. Didn't it involve a girlfriend tied to organized crime and some misplaced, sensitive documents?)
We PURR at Senator McCain's campaign advisers, for giving a new meaning to the term "amateur hour."