A Candidate’s Military Pedigree

(10:45PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

You know, this whole thing is interesting, from just a simple statement, of Truth.

For McCain Hasn’t Always Mattered

For the third straight day, Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has raised a ruckus over comments suggesting that his military service may not, in and of itself, qualify the Senator to be commander-in-chief.

I’m not going to make this long and drawn out, it already has been, especially on the wires from folks who just plain don’t get it, and including some who should:

On Tuesday, the campaign hosted a conference call with reporters during which chief surrogate Sen. Lindsey Graham said that McCain was “the best-qualified person to be commander-in-chief” since a previous military-political figure: Dwight Eisenhower.

“He has walked in the shoes of those in uniform. He understands their language. He has grown up in a military family,” said the South Carolina Republican, “and quite frankly his military service is extraordinary.”

I want to point out something here. His shoes were on his feet in the air, not on the ground with most of the grunts, there Lindsey. And a McCain/Eisenhower comparison? Give me a break, and you’re a JAG?

By the way, if McCain thinks Now that his Military Service, and POW status wipes out any questions about being the CiC, why did he vote for the Guard Member (who’s last year still isn’t accountable) over his friend and fellow ‘Nam Vet Kerry, who’s shoes, by the way, were on the ground and over the muddy waters of ‘Nam.

Than of course you followed with this:

But a more telling example may have come more recently, when McCain found himself campaigning against one of the few Iraq War veterans who was running for office. In 2006, the Senator appeared at a late-stage but crucial fundraiser for Illinois Rep. Pete Roskam, who was being challenged by Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who had lost both her legs in Iraq.

Now I’d like to see Tammy in an Obama Administration, Veterans Administration. I gained a lot of respect for this young lady following her run in ’04 and since she took over Ill. VA. But if not in the Administration some are saying she might run for Obama’s old seat. Either way, or if neither, I think she’d make a great pick for the Keynote Speaker at the Convention, look what that did for Obama.

And I leave you with a reply from Chris LeJeune (over at VetVoice) in one of the front page posts that you can read here about McCains thoughts on Military service and the CiC.  


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  1. John McCain’s military record may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

  2. but McCain has always had it cushy.

    And he proves it every time he votes against a fellow Vet.

    • robodd on July 2, 2008 at 05:06

    the more chance it has to come back and smack McCain on the ass.

    First, the hysteria is becoming a bit insane.  He’s kind of coming off as a Capt. Queeg (Caine Mutiny) type.  It’s well known that his war experience haunts him in ugly ways and he does crazy things when he gets his ego involved over it.

    Second, the potential exposure of McCain’s huge hypocrisy on torture and taking care of the troops when they get home.

    I realize he has nothing else to run on, but this strikes me as potentially more dangerous than advantageous to McCain.

    Indeed, as long as Clark sticks to the truth and rationality on the issue, we can’t lose.  We only lose by apologizing for this nothing–which make dems appear weak.

  3. get crap emails like I do.  I actually know and like a few

    wingers and they send me the usual (well there really is no

    other word) crap.  A few weeks ago someone here (sorry I

    don’t remember who) posted a list of McSame’s voting record

    on/against vets.  So, I copied it and the next few times

    they sent garbage to me I just sent that list back with the

    comment.. supporting the troop? I don’t think so.  Wow!

    Worked like a wonder!  

    If ever there was a case of ‘the truth will out’ this certainly is one of those times.

    And jim?  thank you for all you’re doing… I don’t comment

    often but I do read it all.

  4. It’s delicate to say it, but I’m a Vietnam vet, and always point out to my buddies with Purple Hearts (almost everyone but me has one or more) that the idea was not to get wounded. Getting wounded does not automatically make you a hero. It might even make you a screwup.

    Getting shot down doesn’t make you a hero, either. Apparently McCain acquited himself well as a POW and I give him credit for that.  Maybe he was even heroic at the Hanoi Hilton.  But that doesn’t automatically make him commander in chief material.  

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