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The conservatives there are not caving in to John McCain’s demands.
Or the RNC’s.
Or Barack Obama’s.
NC GOP officials still plan to run the ad. State GOP chairwoman Linda Daves says there’s nothing McCain could say to change her mind: “I’m going to run the ad.”
They are not caving in to the self-appointed civility brigade in either party who have deemed in beyond the bounds to call attention to Jeremiah Wright’s bile, question Obama’s judgment about his longtime spiritual mentor, and challenge those who support him.
NC blogger Katy Benningfield reprints an apology and clarification from state Rep. David Lewis, North Carolina National Committeeman for the RNC, which she received from him yesterday:
I made a mistake this morning in responding to a concerned Republican. In fact, I responded before I even saw the ad. I had seen some news coverage of the ad on WRAL but hadn’t seen the whole thing.
I contacted Chris McClure at State Party Headquarters and misunderstood what he told me about the ad. I did not, as I should have, check with Chairman Daves.
I tried too quickly to respond to an email without looking into all the facts.
Chairman Daves has made me aware that the Party will continue running the ad.
I am deeply sorry to have put out incorrect information.
The truth is I have been working on a fund raising event with Vice President Cheney and have not been actively involved with this particular media effort.
I want to do a good job in responding quickly to emails and phone calls and sometimes I am a little too quick.
This miscommunication is absolutely my fault and was not intentional.
I sincerely apologize to everyone who has been inconvenienced by my foul up and am going to try to put out a press release later today to clarify my mistake and that I was not authorized to speak for the Party.
Sounds like the RNC needs people on board who are less panicky, less sloppy, and paying more attention to their own backyard.
NC GOP chairwoman Linda Daves takes on NPR’s Melissa Block.
Responding to Block’s question about whether the ad is “offensive,” Daves says plainly: “I don’t know why they’re calling it offensive. I call it truthful.”
There’s nothing that McCain could tell you to change your mind about the ad?
Daves: “That is correct. I’m going to run the ad.”
Once again, here’s the ad that the hapless Lewis distanced himself from before even watching it:
Update 9:13am Eastern. McCain attacks the NC GOP as “out of touch with reality.”
Has he ever attacked Jeremiah Wright this way?
That is the McCain way.
Who is out of touch with reality? Pot meet kettle.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina’s Republican Party of being “out of touch with reality” over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
In an NBC interview aired on Friday, the Arizona senator said he has done all he can to persuade the state party to cancel the television ad that criticizes Obama as “too extreme” because of controversial remarks made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
“They’re not listening to me because they’re out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable,” McCain told NBC’s “Today” Show.
“I’ve done everything that I can to repudiate and to see that this kind of campaigning does not continue,” he added.
Asked if the state party’s unwillingness to heed his call raised questions about his leadership, McCain replied: “I don’t know exactly how to respond to that.”
As I pointed out last week, Obama isn’t the only snob in the race.
Update: Mark Levin’s interview with Linda Daves is here.