The campaign day was near it close Thursday when Democratic contender Barack Obama said on CNN's Situation Room that presumptive Republican nominee John McCain was "losing his bearings." Obama's complaint: McCain had said several times that Hamas wants Obama to win in November. Obama said that was a "smear."
Last evening, McCain campaign senior adviser Mark Salter released a memo that says Obama was the one doing the attacking and that the Illinois senator is a hypocrite. The full memo is here. Salter begins with this:
First, let us be clear about the nature of Senator Obama's attack today: He used the words 'losing his bearings' intentionally, a not particularly clever way of raising John McCain's age as an issue. This is typical of the Obama style of campaigning.
We have all become familiar with Senator Obama's new brand of politics. First, you demand civility from your opponent, then you attack him, distort his record and send out surrogates to question his integrity. It is called hypocrisy, and it is the oldest kind of politics there is.
It is important to focus on what Senator Obama is attempting to do here: He is trying desperately to delegitimize the discussion of issues that raise legitimate questions about his judgment and preparedness to be President of the United States
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton has responded to Salter's memo with a statement of his own, that says, in part:
Clearly losing one's bearings has no relation to age, given this bizarre rant
that Mark Salter just sent out.