This time, the candidate himself cannot (not yet at least) be held accountable for the bone-headed actions of his staff. Â Some might argue he should since includes the tag (required by federal law) where he says, “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.”
To show how out of touch John McCain is, the ad’s narrator informs us that the Republican nominee can’t send an e-mail.Â
Had the producers of this ad done a few minutes of googling, they might have learned that John McCain knows how to send an e-mail, only that it’s difficult for him to do so. Â As Jacob Weisberg wrote in 2000, “because of his war injuries, he is limited in his ability to wield a keyboard” Â (via the Corner.)
Unless Obama apologizes for his aide’s failure to fact-check or at the very least fires the staffer responsible for this egregious ad, he bears responsibility for its inaccuracy and slight on the Republican’s disability.
Maybe Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton, the guy whose “first impulse” on hearing the news than McCain had tapped Palin as his running mate was to slight her as the “former mayor of a town of 9,000,” signed off on this ad. If it was someone else, the problem in the Obama camp is deeper than some think.