WHY DOESN’T MCCAIN USE A COMPUTER? Jake Tapper of ABC News:
McCain did once describe himself as computer “illiterate” and dependent upon his wife for computer assistance, but there’s more to the tale than that. Assuredly McCain isn’t comfortable talking about this — and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this — but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn’t use a computer or send email is because of his war wounds.
I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again “playing the POW card,” but it’s simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically. . . .
It’s certainly possible that the Obama campaign did not know this, since McCain makes it sound in interviews as if this is a matter of choice, not discomfort because of his war wounds.
Doesn’t say much for their opposition research, though. And this, frankly, seems outright dishonest: “Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer told the Associated Press that the Obama campaign was not trying to invoke McCain’s 72 years. ”
Riiiight. “If there were ever a sign that the Obama camp is in meltdown mode you only had to watch This Week on ABC where top surrogate Sen. Claire McCaskill dredged up John McCainâ€™s age and cancer. So we have gone from New Politics to the political gutter in a matter of weeks.”