McCain campaign

McCain's youth outreach [sigh...]

This can't be helping.

McCain handlers kicking young McCain supporters out of rally crowd. Not sure how this helps.

Lara Elborno, a student at the University of Iowa, said she was approached by a police officer and a McCain staffer and was told she had to leave or she would be arrested for trespassing.

“It was a very confusing, very frustrating situation,” Elborno said. “I said that I had a right to be there, I wasn’t doing anything disruptive — I was sitting, waiting for the rally to start.”

[snip]

Elborno said after seeing the people who were asked to leave, she was concerned that McCain’s staffers were profiling people on appearance to determine who might be a potential protester.

“When I started talking to them, it kind of became clear that they were kind of just telling people to leave that they thought maybe would be disruptive, but based on what? Based on how they looked,” Elborno said. “It was pretty much all young people, the college demographic.”

Elborno said even McCain supporters were among those being asked to leave.

“I saw a couple that had been escorted out and they were confused as well, and the girl was crying, so I said ‘Why are you crying? and she said ‘I already voted for McCain, I’m a Republican, and they said we had to leave because we didn’t look right,’” Elborno said. “They were handpicking these people and they had nothing to go off of, besides the way the people looked.”

[Emphasis mine.]

Going to be a long 4 years. Thanks, John.

Facts Matter

The Politico's Ben Smith: "[A McCain campaign call] was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may ... deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy."

McCain campaign's Michael Goldfarb: “[The Politico is] quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right.”

Me: Details are important.  Get them right.  Until you can manage that, don't complain about the media.

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