‘One Of The Worst Moments’ Of The Campaign, with Transcript

This morning on ABC’s This Week guest panelist Mark Halperin tried to play the “don’t mess with me or I’ll get really mad” bluff for the McCain campaign.  I almost missed it but luckily the intrepid reporters at Think Progress managed to snag a video of the ridiculousness.


For those of you who can’t watch clips online the transcript follows below the fold:

Mark Halperin: My hunch is that this is going to be one of the worst moments in the campaign for one of the campaigns and it’s Barack Obama.

George Stephanopoulos: Why?

Mark Halperin: I believe this has opened the door to not only Tony Rezko in that ad, but to bring up Reverend Wright, to bring up his relationship with Bill Ayers. I think that the Obama campaign aggressively jumped on…

George Stephanopoulos: don’t you think that was going to come up anyway?

Mark Halperin: It opened… I think it would have been hard for John McCain given the way he says he was going to run the campaign to do all this stuff without the door being opened.

Cokie Roberts: But the housing is about the economy, its a metaphor for the economy, and it’s a way of saying that he says the economic times are good and they’ve been bad under George Bush.  This is just a way of getting at that that voters can relate.

George Stephanopoulos: How is this attack worse than saying someone would rather lose a war in order to win a campaign?

Mark Halperin: As you made clear in the show that was a pretty clear personal attack for which he payed I think less of a price…

George Stephanopoulos: But that’s why I’m having a little trouble following your argument then; how is this the seminal event? It seems like all of this stuff has been on the table the entire campaign… it’s going to continue to be.

Mark Halperin: Because its the style now, the tone of it, you can do anything you want.

News flash to Halperin:  It’s not even September yet and McCain’s already started throwing the kitchen sink.  Wright, Ayers, Rezko… At this pace McCain will be completely out of fresh smears before October.  And you know what they say about news in the media world, “if it’s not fresh it’s dead”.

By this logic the simple fact that Obama went after McCain’s weaknesses is all the excuse they needed to play gutter-ball politics.  It’s the idea that the harder Obama hit’s McCain the dirtier McCain’s attacks can be while pretending he really wants to be the nice guy but that darn Obama is just too mean.

Does Halperin really think that the McCain campaign was doing anything but playing strategic with these attacks and trying to save them in reserve for when they got desperate (i.e. now)?  That they magically needed some sort of provocation to pull them out?  When even Stephanopoulos and Cokie Roberts start questioning your line of reasoning maybe it’s time to pack your bags and reconsider how good your talking points really are.

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One Response to “‘One Of The Worst Moments’ Of The Campaign, with Transcript”

  1. Pug says:

    Anybody who thought the Ayers, Rezko, Rev. Wright attacks weren’t coming from McCain against Obama is an idiot.

    An idiot kind of like Mark Halperin. Even Conventional Cokie thinks he’s a clown. It doesn’t get any lower than that.


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