John Murtha stuck his foot in his mouth last week when he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
"There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area."
Looking to take advantage of the gaffe and impute Murtha's comments onto Obama, McCain brought it up during an event in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't have botched it any worse.
"You know, I think you may have noticed that Senator Obama's supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania lately," McCain told the audience in the town of Moon Township. "And you know, I couldn't agree with them more." I couldn't disagree with you. I couldn't agree with you more than the fact that Western Pennsylvania is the most patriotic, most god-loving, most, most patriotic part of America, and this is a great part of the country."
Oops. The look on the faces of the people behind him is classic.