During an appearance in Cincinnati, Senator John McCain discovered that the talk radio host who was warming up the crowd referenced Senator Barack Hussein Obama by his full name, sharply criticized Obama's connections to Chicago political sharks, and mocked Obama's empty rhetoric in the face of the threat from Terrorism.
In response, McCain immediately apologized to the Democrats and repudiated the talk show host.
"I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," he said. "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign."
McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans" and said, "I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them."
This is much kinder than what Democrats have been doing, trashing President Bush with lies and character smears. One wonders why Senator McCain never rose to call the Democrats on their conduct, yet is so quick to apologize to them. One wonders, as well, why McCain's determination to show respect to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, was never mirrored by respect for fellow Republicans Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.
At best, McCain blew yet another test of his ideals and character. At worst, he showed colors wholly unsuited to the GOP's nominee for President. Either way McCain has once again damaged his prospects by attacking Conservatives instead of the real enemy.