Via sb in quick hits, it looks like John McCain will begin directly attacking Obama tonight with yet more respectful language:
"Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan. He hadn't been to Iraq in years. He voted against funding our troops. And now, he made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras. John McCain is always there for our troops. McCain. Country first."
It is a very small ad buy, only in Denver, D.C., and Harrisburg. Still considering that the Pentagon told Obama he couldn’t visit the troops in question, expect this to continue to be part of a wider Republican Noise Machine attack on Obama. This hissy fit will be the next Wesley Clark incident. That it is completely bullshit and coordinated with Republican controlled branches of government won’t matter to most of the national press corps. Republican attacks are, somehow, news in and of themselves.
Update (tremayne): Classic blog headline from Jake Tapper tonight: