No, it was not in the air at the time.

Maureen Dowd, maven columnist for the New York Times, has been disinvited from the John McCain Straight Talk American Tour 2008. After an August 30 McCain-Palin rally in Pennsylvania where Mo described Palin as “an under qualified candidate in go-go boots“, she was not permitted back on the McCain plane.

Dowd retorts “I didn’t think John McCain would ever be as dismissive of the First Amendment as Dick Cheney.” Bitter, yes. But as McCain is not yet president of the United States, he and Palin really do not have to put up with Dowd’s abuse. If he becomes president, then he has to live with the likes of Dowd and Helen Thomas and the rest of the mainstream media. For the time being, though, it’s still John McCain’s plane, to share with whomever he so chooses.

However, I do worry that by stifling Dowd, his reputation will only suffer further with the press, and that’s the last he needs to deal with a month from the election.