Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Idiots don't get it

I can't believe McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds is this stupid. He actually said, in the video below, that Palin has
been the commander of the National Guard--of the Alaska National Guard that's been deployed overseas. That's foreign policy experience.
Are you friggin' kidding me? Does he really not understand that Guardsmen, when deployed on federal service, no longer fall under the control of their respective governors?

Well, you know who does understand the difference between state and federal service? Major General Craig Campbell, the adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard (that's the highest-ranking officer in the state for civilians).
(Campbell) considers Palin "extremely responsive and smart" and says she is in charge when it comes to in-state services, such as emergencies and natural disasters where the National Guard is the first responder.

But, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.
McCain's choice is leading to some choice spinning on the part of his surrogates.

More from Brandon Friedman and Kagro X.


Blogger jameswbales said...

Also over at Kos:
According to Wolf Blitzer, John McCain was supposed to give an interview to CNN today. Excerpts of this interview were to be shown throughout CNN's Tuesday coverage of the RNC.

However, McCain has since withdrawn from this interview. I don't have a direct quote, but Blitzer tells us that the McCain camp claims that Campbell Brown's interview with Tucker Bounds last night went too far. What's "too far?" Simply insisting that he gives an example of Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience.

The poster, gsadamb, also gives links to the CNN feedback page. I encourage everyone to send CNN their thanks for standing firm against the WATB McCain.

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