Obama, he said, "displays a fundamental misunderstanding of history and how we've maintained national security, and what we need to do in the future to maintain our security in the face of the transcendent challenge of radical Islamic extremism. And I understand that because he has no experience or background in any of it."
Dowd says McCain would be well-advised to not even try to keep explaining what he meant.
"Anytime you try to say it's out of context, they took my words and all that, you're losing, so you better get off of it," he said. "I just think you shut up and move on and say: 'what's your solution? What are you going to do? What's your plan?' You go [to] them and try to put them on the defensive. He's not going to be able to burn that away, it's going to exist till Election Day. His best thing is move on."