McCain's Excuse for His Repulsive Campaign Just Doesn't Cut It

Way back in early August, John McCain came up with an excuse to explain why he was engaging in sleazy campaign tactics: "I think we could have avoided at least some of this if we had agreed to do the town hall meetings" he'd proposed.



Two months later, in last night's debate, McCain was still relying on this bizarre rationalization.



"Well, this has been a tough campaign. It's been a very tough campaign. And I know from my experience in many campaigns that, if Sen. Obama had asked -- responded to my urgent request to sit down, and do town hall meetings, and come before the American people, we could have done at least 10 of them by now.... I think the tone of this campaign could have been very different."



After more than two months of this nonsense, the argument isn't getting any better.



To hear McCain tell it, the only way for the presidential campaign to be respectful and substantive is for McCain to get to know Obama better by sharing a stage and arguing with him. This is painfully absurd.
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