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John McCain almost assuredly will not be reading this Ticket item

July 14, 2008 |  2:02 am

We were somewhat chagrined to learn that The Ticket is not among John McCain's regular stops on the Internet. Then again, virtually no website is.

Indeed, his wife Cindy was completely chagrined that in detailing the very few blogs that his aides direct him to, McCain neglected to mention the one written by their daughter, Meghan.

That would be McCainblogette.com, for those who spend more time on a computer than the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who is 71. And that category would be just about anyone with access to one.

In his wide-ranging interview published Sunday in the New York Times, he elaborated on his previous self-characterization as computer "illiterate." His wife and close associates “go on for me. I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself."

Once he masters that skill, he'll resist the next step -- "I don't expect to set up my own blog," he said.

Which is too bad, because that would be the perfect venue for him to one day reveal the jest that was on the tip of his tongue when he was asked if it was more difficult to battle Barack Obama for the presidency "because of the sensitivities of race."

McCain, the article reported, "responded wryly: 'I’d like to make a joke, but I can’t.' "

We doubt we are alone in being more than a bit curious just what that joke would be.

-- Don Frederick

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