Vets blasts McCain’s double standard of attacking Obama for doing what McCain did, too




I wrote earlier today about a decision by “the Pentagon” (which is actually a building, not a person) to prevent Senator Barack Obama from visiting a military base in Germany. As expected, the McCain campaign attacked Obama for not visiting the base that “the Pentagon” told him he couldn’t visit. The traditional media dutifully ate up McCain’s attack. (The political reporters are all worried that McCain is mad at them for giving better coverage to Obama so for the next few weeks, they’ll accept every criticism of Obama, no matter how unfounded.)

On the other hand,Brandon Friedman from VoteVets, who knows a thing or two about how the military operates, didn’t buy McCain’s attacks. Instead, he exposed McCain’s double standard, linking to an April 2008 CNN report where McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said of visits to military installations, “We follow the rules.” With that, Brandon let them have it:

I understand that the McCain campaign is disorganized and pathologically clueless when it comes to utilizing the media, but they’re clearly being dishonest in this case. McCain is demonstrably criticizing Obama for following a Pentagon rule to which the McCain campaign itself has been subjected recently. That’s a fact. So this seems to be a simple cheap shot at Obama, in the hopes that the media won’t be internet savvy enough (i.e., able to use Google) to figure out the whole story.

“We follow the rules,” Steve Schmidt from the McCain campaign said.

Exactly. And they have no problem attacking Obama for doing the same. That’s the very definition of “double standard.”

Regardless, the Pentagon will now be under more pressure to keep the playing field even–and to keep the policy consistent on both sides.

It might behoove the media types to do their own google searches before buying into McCain’s attacks. Actually, it might behoove the media types to fact check everything McCain says these days. Because, McCain and his campaign staffers are playing the political reporters for fools and just making things up.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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