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Another Cafferty Moment

CNN’s Jack Cafferty may have the easiest job on television, if not in the world. All he has to do is ask viewers one–just one!–broadly relevant political opinion question every night during The Situation Room‘s three-hour broadcast, and then read a handful of the answers on the air shortly thereafter.

Naturally, it’s a task that requires minimal research–particularly for someone who works at CNN, where they presumably have CNN on in the background all day long. But even if Cafferty typically arrives at the office only a few minutes before he goes on the air, one might expect that he could come up with a reasonable question just by reading the headlines off of newsstands on his way to work, or–if he’s really in a bind–by eavesdropping on fellow commuters’ small talk.

Well–despite my best efforts–it seems that I’ve given Cafferty too much credit. Get a load of last night’s “Cafferty File” question:

After his appearance with Barack Obama tonight at a rally in Kissimmee, Florida, former president Bill Clinton plans to criss-cross the country on behalf of Obama in the closing days of the campaign. . . .

But what about John McCain? He has a sitting president in his party. President Bush has been dubbed “the invisible man” when it comes to campaigning for his dear friend and fellow Republican, John McCain.

Here’s my question to you: President Clinton is campaigning for Barack Obama. Why isn’t President Bush campaigning for John McCain?

One is forced to wonder whether Cafferty lives in a well. Still, the competitor in me feels compelled to try and match the incredible political ignorance that this question exemplifies with an ignorant question of my own.

So, here’s my question to you: John McCain has been constantly accompanied on the campaign trail by old friends from the Senate, including Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. Why aren’t Barack Obama’s old friends from Chicago, such as Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, similarly accompanying him?

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