Why Doesn’t John McCain Use a Computer?

September 13, 2008 · Filed Under John McCain 

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The Barack Obama campaign is really going for the jugular on the important issues with an ad released yesterday that mocks John McCain for no using a computer.

From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad:

“Our economy wouldn’t survive without the Internet, and cyber-security continues to represent one our most serious national security threats,” [Obama spokesman Dan] Pfeiffer said. “It’s extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn’t know how to send an e-mail.”

However, Jonah Goldberg of the National Review uncovered a pretty good reason why Senator McCain isn’t using a computer from the Boston Globe on March 4, 2000:

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

ROFLMAO, right Obama? The old man can’t work on a computer, because he was crippled by the Viet Cong in service to his country.

What’s next in the comedy repertoire of Obama… jokes about how Bob Dole can’t shake with his right hand?

The issue was summed up well at Ponderstorm.com:

I suggest the Obama campaign should think about the sizable experience gap in their candidate relative to McCain before mocking McCain about his lack of email usage. They would be wise to consider who they throw rocks at since they are the ones who live in the glass house.