While Obama and Karzai were busy bonding yesterday, McCain headed off to Yankee Stadium with Giuliani. (To stay in the game, McCain has to drive home the point that Obama — bopping around in these threat zones — doesn’t know what he’s doing and is therefore dangerous — especially if something really nasty goes down.)
On one hand, McCain can almost evoke the fear meme just by standing next to Rudy, who — at this point, as Biden so aptly put it — is essentially his own walking 9/11 analogy. To put more spit on the ball, though, what Team McCain chose to do was set up a photo op in the stadium’s famed Monument Park in front of the 9/11 Monument. (Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about this pinstripe-free commemorative, I didn’t either.)
Besides leveraging off the patriotic value of America’s pastime, the McCain team tried to score on a mixed metaphor — tying New York Yankee legendary “boys of summer” heroes like Mantle, DiMaggio, Gehrig and Ruth together WITH New York’s 9/11 heroes, WITH the specter of, dare someone say it, of another terrorist attack.
All that said, thumbs up — to the “boy’s only” audience — feels like “bring it on.”
(Photo from AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster. July 20, 2008. Yankee Stadium)