Remember McCain's respectful campaign? He doesn't.
McCain has all but declared a President Obama would be unfit to defend the United States from -- as he puts it -- the transcendent challenge of our time (or in this case, a second-tier regional power). During a blogger conference call, McCain was asked about Obama's willingness to engage in diplomacy with Iran. He responded:
All I can say is: If Senator Obama wants to sit down across the table from the leader of a country that calls Israel a stinking corpse, and comes to New York and says they're gonna, quote, "wipe Israel off the map," what is it that he wants to talk about? What is it that he wants to talk about with him?
And the belief that somehow communications and positions and willingness to sit down and have serious negotiations need to be done in a face to face fashion as Senator Obama wants to do, which then enhances the prestige of a nation that's a sponsor of terrorists and is directly responsible for the deaths of brave young Americans, I think is an unacceptable position, and shows that Senator Obama does not have the knowledge, the experience, the background to make the kind of judgments that are necessary to preserve this nation's security.
The remarks come after this morning's round of attacks from Bush and McCain against Obama, comparing him to Nazi appeasers in the 1930s.
So, in conclusion, Obama is equal parts Neville Chamberlain and President to Hamas. And John McCain is a respectable maverick.
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