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Standing Ovations in the Bunker

Last month, McCain staffer Michael Goldfarb made an appearance on CNN in which he accused Barack Obama of having “a long track record being around anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-American rhetoric.” But, under repeated questioning, Goldfarb refused to “name names,” because John McCain had forbidden bringing up Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The effect of the interview was to make Goldfarb look ridiculous as he repeated, “I think we all know who we’re talking about.”

Now, in a Weekly Standard article by Stephen Hayes, we learn that when Goldfarb returned to the McCain campaign headquarters, his colleagues gave him a standing ovation.

Such is the psychology of politics that Goldfarb’s “gotcha” with a CNN anchor — in effect taunting the network for refusing to report on Obama’s ties to characters like Wright and Bill Ayers — was applauded by his campaign colleagues, even though to most viewers at home, Goldfarb looked like an idiot making accusations he couldn’t support. Because everyone inside the McCain campaign bunker knew that Goldfarb was referring to Wright, they assumed others did, too. But most undecided “swing” voters knew very little or nothing about Jeremiah Wright, and still don’t.

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