The Associated Press, one of Sen. Obama's most powerful Tank Corps news organizations, reported today:
John McCain is mocked as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate in a television commercial out Friday from Barack Obama as the Democrat begins his sharpest barrage yet on McCain's long Washington career.Plouffe and Pfeiffer, frequently praised for their political acumen by Obama reporter-supporters, are expected to hold key White House positions when he ascends to his Presidency in January ’09.
The new fighting spirit comes as McCain has been gaining in the polls and some Democrats have been expressing concern the Obama campaign has not been aggressive enough. Obama's campaign says the escalation will involve advertising and pushes made by the candidate, running mate Joe Biden and other surrogates across the country.
"Today is the first day of the rest of the campaign," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says in a campaign strategy memo. "We will respond with speed and ferocity to John McCain's attacks and we will take the fight to him, but we will do it on the big issues that matter to the American people. …
"Our economy wouldn't survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats," [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. "It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail." (emphasis added)
McCain has said he relies on his wife and staff to work the computer for him and that he doesn't use e-mail. …
Meanwhile, NRO’s Jonah Goldberg reports on this latest Obama attack ad:
Yep. The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer. . . .Sen. Obama and his team can put out a scurrilous attack ad mocking Sen. McCain for his POW disability.
I guess it depends on what [Obama means] by "extraordinary." The reason [McCain] doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country.
From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):…McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: 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. …
But no sensible person will believe McCain’s POW disability means he’s somehow less qualified to be President than The One.
What could Obama, Plouffe, Pfeiffer and others have been thinking when they made such a scurrilous ad?
Sure, it will go down just fine with most of MSM and millions of liberals and leftists.
But decent Americans are sure to be disgusted by this latest example of what we can expect from President Obama when he governs what his wife calls this “downright mean country.”
The AP’s report of Obama’s disgusting attack ad is here; Goldberg’s reporting is here.
Hat tip: Instapundit