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John McCain continues to hide behind POW experience to address problems in his campaign

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Originally published on on Tue, 08/26/2008 – 10:52am

A hypothetical text message exchange between Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, if McCain knew how to send text messages:

Giuliani: 9/11
McCain: POW
Giuliani: 9/11
McCain: POW
Giuliani: 9/11
McCain: POW

(repeat ad nauseam)

Joe Biden got off a great line about Rudy Giuliani about every sentence that comes out of his mouth was a “noun, verb, and 9/11.”

For McCain lately, the sentence structure is slightly more advanced. “The reason for that is [POW].” But the consensus is still the same. McCain brings up his past as a way to justify a number of issues, including how many houses he has.

McCain’s appearance with Jay Leno last night was the latest escapade on using his service as a crutch: “You know, could I just mention to you, Jay, and a moment of seriousness. I spent five and a half years in a prison cell, without-I didn’t have a house, I didn’t have a kitchen table, I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have a chair. And I spent those five and a half years, because-not because I wanted to get a house when I got out.”

His service to his country is to be commended, but it has very little to do with why he wants to be president, who he’ll be as president, and what kind of job he will do in the Oval Office.

The last president who got into office based on his military credentials was Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. In recent times, military experience in a commander-in-chief hasn’t been a big deal. Ronald Reagan never saw any combat time and George W. Bush, well we know that story. Bill Clinton also didn’t serve as well.

When Giuliani tried to get past 9/11, he had great difficulty, and that was one of the reasons why his candidacy didn’t take off. McCain has had a few more breaks in his candidacy. After all, if it weren’t for Mike Huckabee splitting off the conservative vote with Mitt Romney, we’d be talking about Romney and not talking about military service (The Mormon church obtained Vietnam draft deferrals for Romney, by 1970, Romney drew a high enough number in the draft lottery where he wouldn’t be drafted).

And the MSM has been hesistant to follow up on McCain’s overblown antics since they don’t want to seem “unpatriotic.” Yet they continue to let McCain slide through unprovoked.

I have not served, but I can’t imagine actual POWs want to see someone use their experience as an excuse for things going bad in a presidential campaign that have no relevancy to military experience.

The hope is that voters see past the MSM’s blindness (once again) and ask themselves whether McCain’s service record has that much relevancy on his ability to lead the United States of America.


Written by democracysoup

August 26, 2008 at 10:52 am

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