Commentary Magazine


Highlights From McCain Blogger Call

John McCain held another blogger call, beginning by highlighting his differences with the Democrats on the economy. (“If people want their taxes raised,” he said, “I’m not their guy.”) But the most noteworthy comments came on the subject of Hamas and Bill Ayers.

I asked about Hamas’s endorsement of Barack Obama. McCain bluntly responded, ” It’s clear who Hamas wants to be the next President of the United States.” He continued “I will be Hamas’ worst nightmare” and said that he “never expects” to hear a Hamas official say they want him as President. On the subject of Bill Ayers, McCain displayed none of the hesitancy he has shown about discussing Reverend Wright. He said he was “a bit surprised” the media had not made more of Obama’s association with “an unrepentant terrorist” and Obama’s equation of his relationship with Ayers to his friendship with Senator Tom Coburn. McCain said he was “offended” by the latter and that a “repudiation and apology” are due from Obama to the American people.

Bottom line? McCain is not above going after his likely opponent on his association with radicals (and his apparent popularity with extremists worldwide)–so long as the subject is not Reverend Wright.