Andy McCarthy isn't pleased:

... as the night went along, did you get the impression that Obama comes from the radical Left?  Did you sense that he funded Leftist causes to the tune of tens of millions of dollars? Would you have guessed that he's pals with a guy who brags about bombing the Pentagon? Would you have guessed that he helped underwrite raging anti-Semites? Would you come away thinking, "Gee, he's proposing to transfer nearly a trillion dollars of wealth to third-world dictators through the UN"? Nope. McCain didn't want to go there.

Great. Memo to McCain Campaign: Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn't; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he's qualified for public office. You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists. If that's what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing."  

You know, part of me actually wishes that John McCain had started talking about Bill Ayers, the Annenberg Challenge, Rashid Khalidi, and how the Global Poverty Act will line the pockets of Hugo Chavez. (Maybe in his answer to one of the questions about the economy - why not?) Because that way we wouldn't have to hear - as we will hear, from McCarthy and others, for months and years to come - that the biggest problem with the McCain campaign was that it just wasn't willing to really takes the gloves off and call Barack Obama a terrorist sympathizer.

Update: I just tweaked the last line, to make it clearer - hopefully - that I'm not calling Barack Obama a terrorist sympathizer myself. (Must ... dial ... down ... sarcasm.)

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