The Washington Times - May 27, 2008, 06:45PM

Democrats and liberal activists are bummed over the fact that they haven’t gotten any new footage of John McCain and President Bush together from today’s fundraiser in Arizona. It’s so annoying they’ve dug up old photos of the two together, and are using today’s event as a chance to relive the days when the two weren’t so camera shy.

Here, for example, is a hug the Arizona Democratic Party is featuring in its coverage of the Bush-McCain visit. The same photo was used by interest group Americans United for Change in its own release this evening. The group gleefully noted there’s already “photo albums full of action shots of the two sharing a special bond.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee has sent around the link to an old video showing another hug.

Expect this to be a continuing issue. Bush’s unpopularity is a giant drag on anyone associated with him right now.

The McCain campaign was so intent on keeping the fundraiser closed they had the location moved from Phoenix’s convention center to a private residence. That way they didn’t run afoul of the White House policy to let reporters observe fundraisers held in public settings

Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times