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Barack to the wall

india Updated: Aug 03, 2008 21:55 IST

In the run-up to the US presidential elections, what do we want to see? A civilised natter between the opponents, both playing by the Queensbury rules? Or a vicious slugfest where the winner takes all? The latter, of course. So we are overjoyed that John McCain, that proponent of civility in politics, has fired a ferocious salvo at his opponent, Mr Perfect, Barack Obama.

Said the new snarky McCain, Obama is a celebrity like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. What is wrong with being in the same class as either of these ladies? One, a talentless heiress who has managed to spin out a multi-million dollar fortune with nothing much more than a sex romp on tape and attending parties. The other has cashed in on being punch drunk, doped out and fighting custody battles with her ex. This requires talent, perseverance and gumption. All of which Obama has got in abundance.

McCain is leaving himself wide open with such barbs. It could be asked whether he is not more age appropriate for knitting socks than leading the state. Does hacking around the jungles of Vietnam makes him qualified for the man-eat-man world of the Washington beltway? May the best man win, but please let the fur fly a bit first.