At a McCain-Palin rally earlier today in Bethlehem, PA, a local GOP leader, William Platt, used Barack Obama’s middle name in his opening remarks. Twice. McCain didn’t acknowledge the winking slur, but the campaign did send a statement: “We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric which distracts from the real questions of judgment, character, and experience that voters will base their decisions on this November.”
On a perhaps unrelated note: Sean Hannity traveled with McCain today and had a one-on-two sit-down with the candidate and his running mate even as Platt was making his remarks. If anyone can think of a good reason for McCain and Palin to grant Sean Hannity a second (first and half) interview besides to raise the specter of Obama’s “associations” (word and otherwise) I’d love to hear it.