Cheney endorses John McCain…. and McCain runs away from it or half repudiates it?

This from a New York Times story after Obama makes the endorsement a campaign issue:

A spokesman for the McCain campaign issued a statement responding to Mr. Obama’s remarks, reminding voters that it was Mr. McCain who had opposed the Bush administration’s energy policy. Mr. Obama supported it.

“Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren’t just cousins, they’ve shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose,” said Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the McCain campaign.

So is McCain half-repudiating the endorsement? Extraordinary that nobody has been making a big deal of this– at least to me. The ultimate triangulation: accept the endorsement on the one hand and then run from it the next moment or not even the next moment.

One more thought: They would have to be distant cousins, it would seem.

Update: Sunday: The Obama-Biden campaign has been so happy about Cheney’s endorsement of McCain that they have a a new commercial out to make sure everyone knows. And now it has also become a staple of both Obama’s and Biden’s stump speeches with only a day and a half to go…

Here is the new Obama televison spot:

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