John McCain Comes to Southern Ohio to Make Peace with Conservatives, and Promptly Throws Bill Cunningham Under the Campaign Bus
February 26, 2008 01:44 PM
The same Bill Cunningham who has worked tirelessly for Republican candidates and conservatives causes for years--usually using the same kind of rhetoric that he used today. From the Enquirer:
Cunningham came out on stage to whip up the crowd as he often does at Republican campaign events in Cincinnati. He repeatedly referred to Obama using his middle name -- Hussein -- and said that Obama was a product of the "Chicago-Daley mob."
Nothing untrue, and nothing unusual there. Willie had similarly direct comments for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.
So what does the McCain camp do? His aides get all bent out of shape, and have McCain (who didn't even hear the remarks) trot out after his speech to "repudiate" Willie:
Only minutes after his campaign rally ended, McCain apologized for remarks by WLW talk show host Bill Cunningham that McCain said he thought were offensive to Obama.
"I take responsibility and I repudiate what he said," McCain told reporters after the rally.
Not the way to make Republican friends in Southern Ohio. Oh well. Who needs Republican friends in Southern Ohio?
McCain went on to explain the approach his campaign will take:
"I will not tolerate anything in this campaign that denigrates either Sen. Obama or Sen. Clinton,'' McCain said.
And what does that remind me of? Another 700WLW personality, Marty Brennaman, who got in hot water last year for comparing one of the Reds' West Coast roadtrips to the Bataan Death March. Because that's what this campaign with John McCain is going to be.
One long Bataan Death March.
UPDATE: Clerk of Courts Greg Hartman is now on Willie's show blaming "the media," and saying this goes to show how Republicans won't get a fair shake this fall. But the media weren't the ones who apologized for, and repudiated, one of the region's most prominent conservative voices.