ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: Political junkies of any stripe may enjoy a particular excerpt in Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., "major address" on Iraq this morning at the Virginia Military Institute: the Arizona Republican’s sly, even devious mention of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
According to his prepared remarks, McCain will say "When the President vetoes, as he should, the bill that refuses to support General Petraeus’ new plan, I hope Democrats in Congress will heed the advice of one of their leading candidates for President, Senator Obama, and immediately pass a new bill to provide support to our troops in Iraq without substituting their partisan interests for those of our troops and our country."
Last week Obama was vilified by liberal "netroots" activists for telling the Associated Press that once President Bush vetoes the troop funding bill, the Congress should send him up a version that does not contain any language mandating the withdrawal of U.S. troops because no lawmaker "wants to play chicken with our troops."
Seethed the popular liberal blog DailyKos,"Instead of threatening Bush with even more restrictions and daring him to veto funding for the troops out of pique, Barack just surrendered to him." Obama’s comments were singled out by his Democratic opponents, with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, stating they disagreed with Obama’s position.
Now Obama’s opponents will be able to say — look, Obama is being heralded by McCain, the war’s strongest supporter!
And don’t think McCain doesn’t know that.