I'm not one to kick a man when he's down, but I feel compelled to share a cautionary tale of my own firsthand experience with the Straight-Talk Express. That hell-bent freight train rolled over me a couple years ago and I haven't felt the same since.
The McCain campaign event, mishandled from start to finish, also furnished the worst lesson imaginable for those Lakeville high school students on how our country's constitutional democracy is supposed to function.
Over the course of this week, OffTheBus is running a primer on some of the most important foreign policy issues the next president will face. Today, the primer looks at where Obama and McCain stand on energy and environmental policy and the AIDS crisis.
I was the CBS News producer responsible for coverage of Goldwater's 1964 campaign when he and his aides maintained a steady barrage of complaints about their unfair coverage from "the Eastern Press Establishment."
Where is the "Straight Talk Express" McCain of the 2000 campaign who won so many admirers across the political spectrum? He was optimistic, ready to take on his party establishment, and always voter friendly.