The Washington Times - July 15, 2008, 11:03AM

John McCain often faces anti-war protesters at his speeches and town halls, but judging by several examples in recent weeks they may actually be helping him, particularly when he’s addressing neutral audiences.

During his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials last month he was thrice interrupted by Code Pink protestors, and each time the audience shouted down the interruptions, and each time they applauded McCain louder.

Then yesterday, when McCain was addressing the National Council of La Raza, he was again interrupted by a protester, and he again won applause for calmly taking it.

McCain’s standard answer to the protests is to say it’s what’s wrong with politics: that voters don’t want to see people shouting at each other anymore, they want to see people talking. That also gives McCain a chance to make his argument for face-to-face town hall meetings with Barack Obama.

Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times