The media already have gone over the top with their coverage of Sen. Barack Obama's international man-of-mystery tour. The endless photo sessions with the troops, foreign leaders, waving crowds -- it's just the most contrived pack of junk I've ever seen.
But shame on the folks running the McCain campaign. They knew this week of endless glory for Obama was coming. Their response? They tell McCain to attend a baseball game, hold another boring town-hall meeting, have his photo taken with another Bush, and visit an oilrig. Sounds like the work of strategists bound and determined to destroy their candidate.
Did it not dawn on the McCain campaign that while Obama was running around trying to play Henry Kissinger, they could have created a major summit of big names to discuss how to deal with the economy? It could have been held somewhere like Omaha. The press would have been obligated to cover every meeting and speech, just as it has with Obama's world tour. The simple theme of this domestic policy extravaganza could have been, "We already have the meat when it comes to foreign policy (McCain); now we are serving up more on the issue Americans care most about their wallets."
But no. No sizzle for their candidate. Instead, just endless whispers in his ear that the only way to counter Obama's new foreign mojo is to name a GOP vice-presidential nominee, and quick.
Oh, and who might that be? What a coincidence! It's Team Bush's No. 1 guy, Mitt Romney.
I've seen this hustle before. Remember the 1980 GOP convention, when Ronald Reagan was rushed into picking George H.W. Bush as his running mate? Reagan got scared when Gerald Ford interviewed on TV with the believed paragon of journalism at that time, CBS's Walter Cronkite. Ford basically hinted that he would run on the ticket with Reagan if he were to be given real responsibilities (aka a co-presidency). Reagan went with the Bushes. Will history repeat itself?
So for the wilting McCain, his campaign gets an "F" for sizzle.
Now what to do with Barack Obama's version of "where's the beef?" If you carefully followed several of Obama's interviews overseas in the past week or so, he was hardly Churchillian in his ability to reconcile his newly minted worldviews with those of his recent past.
He looked presidential, but so does George W. Bush. And look what that's gotten him -- one of the worst approval ratings in history.