Barack Obama has run a very smart campaign but made one of its dumbest moves yet in response to John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin for veep.
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.
This insider-Washington drivel from a campaign calling for change? This from the campaign of a guy whose foreign policy experience amounts to little more than a choreographed trip with reporters?
The McCain Campaign responds:
â€œIt is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President.Â She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match.Â Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the â€˜bridge to nowhere.’Â Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.â€ —Jill Hazelbaker, McCain Communications Director
Ouch, that has gotta hurt!
UPDATE (from Dan): How bone-headed is the Obama campaign. Its “first impulse” was to attack the first woman Governor tapped for a national ticket. Â As ABCNews Jake Tapper (who so described the Obama campaign’s reaction) offers, “It was just yesterday McCain ran a TV ad congratulating Obama on his historic achievement.”