John McCain today seemed to claim that he was surprised to discover that Gwen Ifill, who will moderate tonight's vice-presidential debate, is writing a book about African American political figures that includes Barack Obama in the title. McCain complained that her choice demonstrates that "life isn't fair." He did acknowledge that Ifill is a professional.
Coming on the day of the debate, and many weeks after his campaign agreed to Ifill as the moderator, when her book project was already well known, and coming after ten days of impulsive and desperate gestures from McCain, the attack on Ifill seems sure to rebound.
Ifill is the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week in Review" and a senior correspondent on the "Lehrer News Hour" on PBS.
See Jim Ruttenberg's account of the incident at his New York Times blog.