Standing behind a lectern in Michigan this week, with two trusted senators ready to do his bidding, John McCain seemed to forget for a moment that he was only running for president.
Asked about his tough rhetoric on the ongoing conflict in Georgia, McCain began: "If I may be so bold, there was another president . . ."
He caught himself and started again: "At one time, there was a president named Ronald Reagan who spoke very strongly about America's advocacy for democracy and freedom."
And yet, here's guessing that we wont spend a solid week giving it a segment on every damned news show there is. Just to get this mention there had to be an unseemly accumulation of facts unreported in this direction. "President" McCain's been pulling this stuff since the primary:
But this is also a serious point about McCain, not just the media. He's been talking with the President of Georgia every day. He's been opposed to the real President's policy - one that initially urged restraint on all parts - and he's been directly undermining it via back channels. He's sent his own bloody delegation to the theater of conflict! This is way, way, out of the norm for what Presidential Candidates are supposed to do during a campaign, and in fact may be so far outside the norms that it violates Federal Law - the Logan Act of freaking 1799.
Once again, yet another of our political conventions overturned by these madmen.
Remember, Obama was accused of the same presumptions. Of course, in McCain's case we haven't had to doctor the quote or invent any lies to make him seem presumptuous.