Rush Limbaugh has taken to calling John McCain “Yosemite Sam”. This obviously reflects the hard right’s displeasure with McCain’s Tuesday night debate performance. Last night at a dinner party, several of the women said that the contrast between Obama’s vitality and McCain’s grumpy old man routine really struck them viscerally.
The point where the cartoon allusion really hits home is that Yosemite Sam was full of bluster, but always chickened out. Barack gently alluded to this quality in McCain this morning to Charlie Gibson.
“I am surprised that, you know, we’ve been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days, that he wasn’t willing to say it to my face. But I guess we’ve got one last debate. So presumably, if he ends up feeling that he needs to, he will raise it during the debate.”