Barack Obama has been saying for months now that the success of his campaign message of change, despite all the nasty and scurrilous attacks lobbed his way, has "vindicated his faith in the American people." Seems innocent enough, no? In fact, seems like an awfully positive thing to say about the country. But John McCain doesn't see it that way. Seeing the presidency slowly recede from his grasp, Senator McCain took his campaign to yet another new low and distorted Obama's remarks in an attempt to question his patriotism.
"This has been a long campaign but recently we've learned more and more about Senator Obama. He said the other day that his primary victory 'vindicated' his faith in America. My country has never had to prove anything to me, my friends. I've always had faith in it and I've been humbled and honored to serve it."
The McCainiacs out there can try to spin this whatever way they want but it's clear to anyone with the ability to read between the lines exactly what's going on here. So much for McCain's promise to run a "honorable campaign." Tuesday can't come soon enough.
Here's the Obama campaign's stern response:
"It's pathetic that John McCain would take a statement Barack Obama has been making for a year about his faith in the American people and distort it to attack his patriotism," spokesman Bill Burton said in response to McCain's attack Saturday. "Sadly, this is what we've come to expect from a desperate, dishonorable campaign that will say anything in a failed attempt to win this election."