With the John McCain-New York Times story dominating the news cycle, the most underreported political news of the day is the startling breach of security, evidently ordered by U.S. Secret Service, at Barack Obama's Wednesday rally in Dallas.
Yes, you read that correctly.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Raw Story), which broke this news (a Google News search reveals that United Press International is thus far the only other mainstream media outlet to either pick up or report on this story):
Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.
The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department's homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order -- apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service -- was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena's vacant seats before Obama came on.
"Sure," said Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a "friendly crowd."
The Secret Service did not return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.
Several Dallas police officers said it worried them that the arena was packed with people who got in without even a cursory inspection.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event.
"How can you not be concerned in this day and age," said one policeman.
The police officer makes a good point. Though I'd add that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas nearly a half century ago, his brother five years later in Los Angeles on the way to almost certainly winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
No one wants to think about such a horrific potentiality. But we damn well better pay attention to it in order to avoid similar inexplicable breakdowns in security for any national candidate, especially a wildly popular black presidential candidate - often compared to JFK, RFK and MLK - who's promising to end a war that Republicans and their friends in the defense and oil industry want to prolong indefinitely.