John McCain’s Double “Rope Line” Standard

Sep 28, 2008 2:48pm

This morning on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, confronted with comments by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that seemed to undermine his argument that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was naive and irresponsible when he discussed military options about Pakistan "out loud" (more on that HERE), Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested that the problem was the media taking casual comments as if their were policy proclamations.

"She did fine," McCain said. "She did just fine….This business of, in all due respect, people going around and — with sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that’s — that’s a person’s position, this is a free country, but I don’t think most Americans think that that’s a definitive policy statement made by Governor Palin. And I would hope you wouldn’t, either."

Waitasec.

Isn’t that EXACTLY what the McCain campaign did with an errant off-message comment Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., made about clean coal?

Complete with a TV ad about it, even?

So is there a reason for a double-standard for Palin? Or is it just standard issue campaign hypocrisy?

– jpt

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