Spencer Ackerman discusses a McCain conference call responding to an article on an al-Qaeda linked website appearing to back McCain:

To describe the call as panicked would be an understatement.

Jim Woolsey, the former CIA director who publicly connected Iraq to the 9/11 attacks without any evidence in 2001, and senior foreign-policy adviser Randy Scheunemann spent more time whining about the Washington Post's standards of fairness than on the logic of why al-Qaeda might prefer McCain. "An amazing piece of journalism, and I use journalism in quotation marks," Scheunemann said, going on to list barely-approving quotes of Barack Obama given by Hamas, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, which he manfully said he wasn't going "to characterize." Woolsey, for his part, peered into the mind of what he called "one individual Islamist blogger from one terrorist Islamist blog" and determined that he was "clearly trying to damage John McCain" and "not speaking from his heart."

Weigel's description of the call is also worth your time.

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