Did John McCain really cancel a Larry King appearance to punish CNN for this interview?
Or, as Kevin Drum suspects, is that just an excuse to keep McCain from having to answer questions, even from the softest of softballers?
Note that the interview only looks relentless because Tucker Bounds was defending such an absurd position. The interviewer doesn’t even mention that the Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard says the governor isn’t even briefed about the Guard’s national-security (as opposed to disaster-relief) activities.
Apparently McCain’s people have given Charles Gibson of ABC the sole McCain interview of the week. How deep in the tank do you think Gibson promised to go?
Footnote If there were a Pulitzer Prize for sheer arrogance and presumption in flackery, this from the McCain press shop would have to be a finalist:
… a relentless refusal by certain on-air reporters to come to terms with John McCain’s selection of Alaska’s sitting governor as our party’s nominee for vice president …
Since when has it been the job of reporters to “come to terms” with decisions by politicians, rather than inquiring about those decisions?