Posted by: Patrick Barbanes | September 20, 2008

Can McCain Understand A Simple Question About Community Organizers?

Much has been written about John McCain’s inability to listen well or to be able to respond well to multiple-part questions. Is it his age? His mental acuity? I don’t know, and normally in this blog I wouldn’t even address the issue. But watch McCain respond to the FOLLOW-UP part of the questioning here about community organizers and Sarah Palin’s comparison of a community organizer to a small-town mayor:
In the first part of the question, McCain regurgitates the Republican spin that Sarah Palin was only responding to criticism of her experience as a small-town mayor, blah blah blah… And of course he (McCain) respects community organizers. Of course. “Senator Obama’s record their is outstanding….I praise anyone who serves this nation in capacities that frankly we all know that could have been far more financially rewarding to individuals rather than doing what they did.”

But it’s the follow-up that throws him for a loop. He doesn’t understand the question. The questioner (Judy Woodruff) then says, “Less significant than the work of a small-town mayor?” She means, So you praise community organizers, but believe that their work is less significant than the work of a small-town mayor? Now listen to his answer. He rambles off into “I admire mayors…etc.” – missing the point. He inverted her question. He thought she was asking, “Are small-town mayors less signficant than community organizers?” No, no, look, I admire Mayor’s, they have the toughest job, LOL. (Forget that he said that being in Washington has made him “frankly be somewhat divorce from the day-to-day challenges people have.”)

Is it his age? His mental acuity? Or is he so fast and sharp and such an expert politician that he was able to flip that question on it’s head? Let’s think about that for a moment….



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