Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.Obama doesn't wait to make this an issue:
"I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."
The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.
I like this ad: it's truthful and likely to resonate well in this time of housing and mortgage insecurity. I'm glad to finally see someone making the point that the guy who owns eleven homes, wears $520 shoes, flies around in a private jet, and thinks that under $5 million is not rich is the one who's the real elitist in this race. I also like the tag line about the one more house we can't let McCain have.
This is also a rather cautious ad. Some counts put McCain's total as high as eleven (here's a nice rundown), but I suspect that Obama didn't want to fall into a gotcha trap, so they went with the easily provable number of seven. I think Ygelsias had the funniest take on it:
[There] is one reason why it’s a bit unfair to tag McCain as out of touch for being unable to remember how many homes he owns. When one of your homes is really a combination of two different luxury condos the metaphysical status of your property comes into question. You’d really need to ask a trained professional mereologist to resolve the issue and can’t expect McCain to speak to it personally.