Media gush over ‘the trademark John McCain wit.’

During a press conference today, Time’s Karen Tumulty asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) whether he was still considering former senator Phil Gramm for a Cabinet position. McCain replied, “I think Sen. Gramm would be in serious consideration for ambassador to Belarus,” a country still covered in radiation from Chernobyl. “Though I’m not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that,” he added. The media were delighted with his response, ignoring the fact that he dodged the original question:

Kelly O’Donnell, MSNBC: “Well that is classic McCain. He is using a sort of salty humor to make a point. We see that kind of a spark from John McCain all the time.”

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: “John McCain trying to use the trademark John McCain wit.”

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