August 4, 2008


McCain, the Analog Candidate (MARK LEIBOVICH, 8/04/08, NY Times)

Big surprise: a lot of smarty-pants computer types have been snickering at John McCain lately.

The self-described “Neanderthal” of the Grand Old Party (emphasis, old) has been catching flack for admitting that he is no techno-geek. He not only did not invent the Internet, he can barely use it.

“I don’t expect to set up my own blog,” he told the New York Times reporters Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper. The Times has learned that Mr. McCain does not text, Treo or Twitter, either.

Positioning the other guy as the candidate of "smarty-pants computer types" is deft.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2008 4:49 PM

Also, I think that if, say, Mr. Judd had a thousand reporters following him around recording his every word and broadcasting it worldwide, he might let this website slip just a little. Ya don't wash the car when it's raining.

And also as well, do you really want the president to be caught Twittering during a peace conference or foreign diplomat's speech?

Posted by: Just John at August 4, 2008 5:21 PM

Always bet on the candidate the slashdotters hate.

Posted by: Bryan at August 4, 2008 5:24 PM

Slashdot: Where the Pugnaciously Stupid and the Aggressively Ignorant battle to the death over trivia.

(Actually, if you look at the typical condescending elitist comments there, you realize that suporting The One™ is supporting one of their own.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 4, 2008 5:35 PM

What the heck is twittering and treoing? And who cares?

I am so far out of the loop...

Posted by: Bartman at August 4, 2008 9:36 PM

McCain has a weekly phonecall with bloggers. The Anointed One does not talk to the Internet hoi polloi.

Posted by: Gideon7 at August 5, 2008 3:50 AM

A man's gotta know his limitations.

Posted by: Mikey at August 5, 2008 7:58 AM
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