“An Historic Ad,’ Indeed

John McCain’s decision to air an ad tonight during Barack Obama’s speech in which McCain speaks “directly to Obama” is eliciting a combination of indignation, dismissal , accusations of racism , and dismissals of accusations of racism . (He’s also rumored to be leaking his vice presidential announcement at the same time.)

All’s fair in love and presidential campaigns, of course, but McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker’s description of the ad almost sounds like parody: “This is an historic ad. I think this is the first of its kind,” she told Mika Brzezinski.

Yes. Tonight will go down in history as the night John McCain aired an ad attacking Obama. Presidential scholars will speak of it for years to come. Because it’s not like there’s anything else of historic note going. (On second thought, I did hear something about a Dairy Queen closing in Spokane.)