So the bottom line on Soldier Snubgate is that Barack Obama, when told he could only visit with a Senate aide and not a campaign contingent, said “No, thanks.” This is turning into a cringe-inducing episode which may penetrate the media fog and upset regular voters. (If voters are upset about the “citizen of the world” routine, wait till this story takes hold.) More stories like this will not help Obama overcome the concern that he really doesn’t value the military.
From John McCain’s perspective, it combines all the elements of a perfect anti-Obama story: it is easy to understand, it suggests Obama is egotistical (what’s the point of going if he can’t bring the campaign squad and the cameras?) and unappreciative of military service, and it emphasizes the concern that he has “jumped the shark” in assuming Presidency of the World when he is supposed to be running for President of the U.S. and earning the trust of American voters.
And calling the soldiers afterwards once the story has broken is just, well, lame. (Talk about “phoning it in.”) Following the line of attacks by Obama surrogates on McCain’s military service it makes one wonder why Obama (and his staff) have such little understanding of how average voters perceive these slights, even if they themselves don’t especially revere military service. You would think they could at least fake it.