It probably doesn’t matter much to the GOP what this article in the Sunday New York Times has to say about John McCain’s computer literacy. Afterall, McCain hates the New York Times. However, this article by Mark Leibovich asks an important question: “Does our Commander-in-Chief need to e-mail or read blogs?” Of course the question comes on the heels of McCain’s admitted lack of computer know-how. Is it an important topic to explore? You probably know how I feel on the matter, so we’ll just turn it over to the experts:
Mr. McCain’s sense of wonder evoked the episode in the early 1990s when George H. W. Bush became overly impressed upon seeing a price scanner at a supermarket check-out counter. It suggested to some people that the president, who had spent four years in the White House after spending eight years as vice president, was out of touch with the lives of average Americans.
The McCain campaign is sensitive to the notion that his limited knowledge of computing could be taken as a signal that he is blind to technology.
“You don’t actually have to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country,” said Mark Soohoo, a McCain aide for online matters, at a conference on politics and technology. “You actually do,” interrupted Tracy Russo, a former blogger for John Edwards.