The Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain Campaign needs to establish some new media ground rules, if they plan on making to November.
Out, as-soon-as-possible, with the softball questions.
They need to lower their sights, and go with Whiffleball queries ...
Now, there's no guarantee that Stumblin' Bumblin' John still won't go down on three strikes, but they, at least, may be able to slow down the hemorrhaging of headlines like this;
McCain: It doesn't matter that I don't know cost of gas
Senator John McCain said he can't remember the last time he pumped gasoline or the cost of a gallon of a gas in an interview with the Orange County Register earlier this week."I don't see how it matters"?
The OC Register's Martin Wisckol asked McCain when he had last pumped his own gas, to which McCain replied:
"Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters," McCain said.
It's only that the cost of gasoline is in the news, oh, about 23.5-hours of the day!
And if the media (in particular, the clowns on the cable news programs) isn't lathering on the sad-sack stories, people making choices between filling the tank, or filling their medical prescriptions, or forced to dine on cat food, you have the other screaming heads, complete with their Rudy Valle megaphones, painting a gruesome future, with gas at $12-$15 before you can say "before your can say".
Was this another Stumblin' Bumblin' John attempt at humor, like he's trying to compete with Steven Wright, or something;
Last year we drove across the country. We switched on the driving...every half-mile...We had one cassette tape to listen to on the entire trip...I don't remember what it was ..."
Or perhaps, we need to be asking - Where was Joe Lieberman?
Why wasn't McCain's Mini-Me there, to whisper in his year "About four-bucks-a-gallon"?
I mean, if they are going to let him take softball questions, geez, you gotta have some back-up, some help, a designated question-answerer, to stay in the ball lingo.
This is, yet, another breakdown in keeping Stumblin' Bumblin' John's incompetence under wraps.
Is this, as in his Shiite-Iran-Sunni-Al Qaeda gaffe, back in March (twice), like Josh Marshall put it, that McCain is "Just Totally Out of It?", or, Cernig's "McCain As Ignorant As Dubya"?
Perhaps, as one of the friendly fluffers at Faux News, Britt Hume, let slip, a McCain "Senior Moment"?
I mean, this was one of the softest of softballs tossed his way and he muffed it.
This had to have prompted his wife to return the favor, and scream at him "You dickhead!".
Back, earlier this month, Steve Benen, on The Carpetbagger Report, had a good rundown on Stumblin' Bumblin' John's confusion;
The kicker is McCain really has been confused. Whether he’s 72 or 22 is irrelevant — he’s been consistently wrong about Iraq, demonstrating time and again that he just doesn’t understand the basics.
* McCain has been confused about how many U.S. troops are in Iraq.
* McCain has been confused about whether the U.S. can maintain a long-term presence in Iraq.
* McCain has been confused about the source of violence in Iraq.
* McCain has been confused about Iran’s relationship with al Qaeda.
* McCain has been confused about the difference between Sunni and Shi’ia.
* McCain has been confused about Gen. Petraeus’ responsibilities in Iraq.
* McCain has been confused about what transpired during the Maliki government’s recent offensive in Basra.
* McCain has been confused about Gen. Petraeus’ ability to travel around Baghdad “in a non-armed Humvee.”
* McCain has been so confused about Iraq, in November 2006, he couldn’t even do a live interview about the war without reading prepared notes on national television.
So what can we expect ... How will this one be mopped up?
Will his friends in the MSM give him another box of donuts (and with his favorite, sprinkles)?
Or, ... Oh God, I don't even want to think about it, especially with the flag-waving, apple pie of holidays coming up, July 4th ...
Stumblin' Bumblin' John, all decked out in a retro attendants' uniform, complete with pointy boat hat, pumping gas at some middle-of-the-country gas station, waxing on for the cameras, about his energy policy...
Naturally, it would be "invited guests" only, coming in to fill up ...
Can't take any chances, that someone would pull in and actually ask him a softball question ...
And, definitely, not on a weekend.
Family at gas station, talking to, watching Attendant
Bonus Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain Riffs
Brilliant at Breakfast: And THIS guy is trying to paint BARACK OBAMA as the elitist??
Newhoggers: McSame is more ways than one!
John Cole: McOutofTouch
Blue Texan: Will McCain Have Lieberman Next To Him At 3AM?
Faiz - Think Progress: McCain Strolls Through Baghdad Market, Accompanied By 100 Soldiers, 3 Blackhawks, 2 Apache Gunships