On Saturday McCain's campaign criticized Obama for canceling a visit to wounded troops in Germany, contending Obama chose foreign leaders and cheering Europeans over "injured American heroes." If I were advising Obama, I'd have had him respond that McCain passed over some egg stands, cheese stores and German sausage vendors this week, moving on to other photo ops.
And while McCain has been pressing Obama to admit he was wrong about the surge, I'd have whispered in Obama's ear that he could remind McCain he'd once promised Americans, including the 4100 who died there, this was the right war and that we'd be out of Iraq before you could say, "falafel."
If I were advising McCain, I'd point out he sounds like a petulant sore loser when he brags, "Obama would rather lose a war than lose an election while I'd rather lose an election than lose a war." If that statement is to be made at all, which is questionable, why not delegate it to Joe Lieberman?