Andy, I’m with Jay. I think Obama’s comment–and the fake southern accent, the halting confusion, the disjointed sentences, that video is really amazing–suggest a man out of control, not in control. Clueless and uneasy. And I think that reflects more poorly, not better, on his suitability for the presidency. But that’s why (and either way, as Kathryn suggests) whining about an intentional attack is not the right tone.
It’s not hard to see why they’re melting down. The crowd at the McCain-Palin rally I’m now at in Virginia is unlike anything I’ve ever seen for a Republican candidate.