Dirty?? Well, McCain Pulled This Punch

We’ve had some healthy spirited debate here on StillRight about the McCain campaign and allegations that his campaign has been “dirty” and has employed a “win at any cost” strategy.

But as Charles Krauthammer points out, McCain has chosen to never mention what was probably the most controversial issue during the primary season:

Moreover, the most remarkable of all tactical choices of this election season is the attack that never was. Out of extreme (and unnecessary) conscientiousness, McCain refused to raise the legitimate issue of Obama’s most egregious association — with the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Dirty campaigning, indeed.

Let’s remember, Hillary Clinton herself had no problem at all discussing Reverend Wright during the primary season. And in a televised debate, the folks at ABC News found the issue relevant enough to raise it at length. Yet McCain oddly (and in my view foolishly) has never discussed the matter.

As for the accusation that the McCain campaign overall has been especially dirty, Krauthammer offers this:

Nor will I countenance the “dirty campaign” pretense. The double standard here is stunning. Obama ran a scurrilous Spanish-language ad falsely associating McCain with anti-Hispanic slurs. Another ad falsely claimed McCain supports “cutting Social Security benefits in half.” And for months Democrats insisted that McCain sought 100 years of war in Iraq.

McCain’s critics are offended that he raised the issue of William Ayers. What’s astonishing is that Obama was himself not offended by William Ayers.

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