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Battle For The Narrative

Barack Obama supporter Senator Jay Rockfeller comes out with this:

McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit.What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.

The comment is not only shocking but factually wrong to boot. (Later in the day Rockefeller was forced to apologize.) This follows the drum beat of “100 year” comments from Obama and the “warmonger” jibe from another supporter. If the Obama appeal in the primary was to a different kind of politics and to the public yearning for bipartisan civility, the campaign may have some message confusion going on. The storyline is supposed to be: Clinton is the mean, nasty prevaricator; he’s the nice, uplifting one. Got it?