This epically long election season has clearly taken a toll on John McCain.
The Republican Senator screwed up royally in Western Pennsylvania yesterday when he accidentally sided with Democrats who have called the region racist. Said McCain: “You know, I think you may have noticed that Senator Obama’s supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania lately. And you know, I couldn’t agree with them more.” Whoops!
The candidate recovered quickly – well, sort of. Rather than backtracking, McCain just kept on rolling. In what direction, however, remained unclear. From HuffPo:
For political humorists it is gold, made even more potent by McCain’s botched attempt at a recovery. “I couldn’t disagree with you,” he declared (referencing what, no one knows). “I couldn’t agree with you more than the fact that Western Pennsylvania is the most patriotic, most god-loving, most, most patriotic part of America, and this is a great part of the country.”
The line was reminiscent of Sarah Palin touting the pro-America parts of the country. And actually could be just as politically dicey than the inadvertent labeling of Western Pennsylvanians as racists.
Speaking of Palin’s “pro-America” remarks the Alaska Governor apologized for those comments yesterday, saying they were misunderstood. Really? Because how else can someone interpret this? “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.” That’s pretty cut and dry…