More nastiness on the Democratic campaign trail …
Our friend Peter Wallsten, writing in the LA Times, spoke with Obama campaign adviser Air Force Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak (Ret.)
Asked about the “gravitas” Sen. Hillary Clinton asserts that she has, and implies Sen. Barack Obama does not, McPeak disputed the notion, saying Obama has “real gravitas, not artificially created, focus-grouped, poll-directed, rehearsed gravitas.”
He also said Obama “doesn’t go on television and have crying fits; he isn’t discovering his voice at the age of 60.”
“Dream ticket,” indeed.
McPeak later retracted his remarks, and the Obama campaign said McPeak’s words “crossed the line” and that Obama “strongly disagrees with these comments and apologizes on behalf of the campaign.”
McPeak served as Air Force chief of staff under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.
He will likely not serve in any possible future Clinton administrations.