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For John McCain, Eight Questions Are Not Enough

In a post yesterday, I noted that I covered John McCain’s “Press Availability” for Pajamas Media. They just posted my report. Let me whet your appetite with the opening paragraphs:

One thing which distinguishes John McCain from his presidential predecessor as well as this year’s likely Democratic nominee is how frequently he makes himself available to the media, old as well as new. Just two weeks ago, he held a conference call with bloggers, including several representing left-of-center websites.

Yesterday, while in Los Angeles, his campaign also reached out to bloggers, inviting a number — including yours truly — to attend a “press availability” in Beverly Hills. Along with the local media there, we felt a bit out of place, given the camaraderie of the press corps which travels with the campaign. But the candidate treated us no differently.

Indeed, the Arizona senator seemed to relish the exchange. At one point when a staffer said they had time for just one more question, he overruled her, saying he’d take a few more. He responded quickly and deftly to all but one question, only occasionally failing to provide a direct answer. He stammered a bit when replying to a question about cluster bombs, stating that he hadn’t looked into the issue, but his decision on whether or not to ban them would “depend on the circumstances.”

Click here to read the rest and to understand why I titled the post as I did.



  1. LOL…let me get this straight – you take Scott McClellan for being a coward and he never spoke up about the misdeeds going on? In addition he’s a collaborator in these misdeeds? You’re all just too funny. Wait 2 years to bring out his story? makes sense to me. If what he says is true, then I’m sure he wants to get his ducks in a row to avoid the punishments that the Bush Administration cronies dole out. It’s not far out to see how vindictive the people in this administration are – The Valerie Plame case, the firing of federal attorneys, etc. have made it clear that these folks will do about anything (including spitting on the Constitution) to achieve their ends.

    Gonna be kind of hard to discredit McClellanan in the way conservatives have done to people like Arianna Huffington or Andrew Sullivan – they’re just commentators and this guy was right in the White House. Too bad folks like Colin Powell have decided to keep their mouths shut…bet we’d learn a whole lot more…

    Comment by Kevin — May 29, 2008 @ 5:37 pm - May 29, 2008

  2. I’ll be one of those people working on McCain’s campaign here in California! The more I hear about this guy, the more I like him. I commend him for being available to the media. I’m hoping this will negate MSMs’ lockdown on any good news from McCain.

    Comment by Leah — May 29, 2008 @ 7:35 pm - May 29, 2008

  3. […] For John McCain, Eight Questions Are Not Enough […]

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  4. Kevin: No one gives a shit what you think.

    Comment by Vince P — May 30, 2008 @ 12:46 am - May 30, 2008

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