So, there was a three-ish day media frenzy on this. The video on YouTube has been watched almost 1m times. It was rebroadcast hundreds of times. Whoopi Goldberg defended John McCain on The View to a bunch of liberal women.

CNN rebroadcast the exchange repeatedly, as they tried to smear him. Including John McCain saying that he was beating Hillary in the polls.

Isn’t that a win?

Oh, and AOL viewers thought that John McCain handled it well by a 2-1 margin.

And, on a side note, for the guys wondering about where the eyeballs are on the internet, I thought this, from the YouTube page was a compelling statistic:

Nuff said? AOL had 40x the next source of eyeballs. Doesn’t that mean something?

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Tom S · November 16, 2007 at 4:32 PM

I’m not sure that general approval of McCain’s failure to object to the bitch comment of his supporter (assuming it the case), and how McCain handled the entire matter, means that he “won.” Whether McCain “wins” or not depends on whether votes will be changed in McCain’s direction, either in the primary or in the general. My guess is that far more people (primarily female) will actually decide NOT to vote for McCain than will change votes TO McCain. The question is not so much whether 2/3 of the voters think that McCain handled the matter well, but whether 1% or 2% of voters will change votes from or to McCain as a result. Without a poll (and maybe even with a poll, since something like this is hard to measure) it is hard to tell whether McCain “wins”, but my guess is that that something like this has a tendency to strongly put-off a small percentage of voters, thus losing McCain more votes than he gains by the general approval of how he handled the matter.

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