It's time for Outrages of the Day, a copyrighted feature of this column.

I'm a fan of Outrages that provoke a response along the lines of National Figure X "refuses to condemn" or "refuses to repudiate" the actions of Figure Y. The connective tissue between X and Y is usually thin.

Item One: Sen. Jay Rockefeller calls Sen. John McCain a Navy wimp who bombed targets from on high and then left -- an analogy, Rockefeller believes, to McCain's view of the Iraq battlefield.

The reveal: Orson Swindle, a McCain compatriot, challenges Barack Obama: "Does Senator Obama have the courage to stand up and hold himself to the principles of 'new politics' he outlined in his book?"

The response: Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki: "Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain's service to this country and doesn't agree with what Senator Rockefeller said."

Outrage: Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman, is outraged. "“Why does Senator Obama refuse to personally condemn this type of despicable attack? Senator Obama has run for president on the basis that he represents a new kind of politics, yet every day there is another smear that Obama refuses to repudiate.”

Outrageous!

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