When we mentioned earlier this week that Maureen Dowd had been kicked off the no-longer aptly-named Straight Talk Express, we assumed that she'd simply been told that she was no longer welcome to accompany John McCain on the road. In fact, it turns out that the assholes that work for him literally barred her from boarding after an event outside of Pittsburgh, forcing her to find a place to stay at the last minute and another way back to New York. McCain spokeswoman Nicole Wallace event gloated about it to reporters on Palin's plane. Goodness knows we're not always fans of Dowd's, but that's just really inappropriate. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]