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Posted by Mike in MO | August 18, 2008 8:33 AM

Got it, thanks.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 18, 2008 8:42 AM

How does being a POW make you qualified to be President? Are we expecting the next President to be taken as a POW? Maybe held hostage? Or did McCain receive National Security briefings while in the "Hanoi Hilton"? Did Nixon call him up from the White House situation room for advise on foriegn policy issues while he was tied up?

Someone seriously, help me understand this?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 8:47 AM

Maybe it's a two-way can't criticize anything about Obama or his policies because that makes you a racist. Ergo you can't criticize McCain because of his time as a POW.

Posted by mpc | August 18, 2008 8:47 AM

I thought Repugs were all about not being so sensitive, anti-PC, etc. etc.?

Man, for a former POW McCain sure is a big pussy.

Posted by AMB | August 18, 2008 8:48 AM

Also, nobody's allowed to ask a question where his POW status is extremely relevant: If you claim, Sen McCain, that under torture you gave the North Vietnamese no useful information, how can it be that you support the Bush administration's use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" for extracting information? Conversely, if you are standing by your assertion that waterboarding et al are essential tools for intelligence-gathering, that would seem to be an endorsement of torture's efficacy. Is this a tacit admission that you have been less than forthcoming about the information you did give your captors in the Hanoi Hilton?

Nope, you sure can't ask that.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 18, 2008 9:09 AM

McCain lies about EVERYTHING. He's even lying about his time as a POW now. That "cross in the dust" story he tells? Bullshit. He stole it from Solzhenitsyn. He never told it when he first got back from Vietnam, not even in his book on the subject.

And he's allowing his proxies to spread the notion that he "never broke" in Vietnam, when in fact he confessed to war crimes under torture.

McCain is a lying sack of shit, I'm sorry.

Posted by Fnarf | August 18, 2008 9:09 AM

I'm sick of the "Staight Talk Express" moniker. He has lied and switched positions so many times it should be called "The B.S. Express".

Posted by Vince | August 18, 2008 9:15 AM

Too bad she didn't say: "The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, who admittedly cheated on his first wife, cheated is outrageous," Ms. Wallace said.

Posted by stinkbug | August 18, 2008 9:22 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Americans are DUMB! So I appreciate every attempt to point out hypocricy, etc; but it doesn't do any good.

In America, Republican = good morals (regardless of when or why he left his first wife); Democtat = Pinko commie (or worse! maybe even a moslem!).

Good luck convincing Joe Dumbfuck from mid Missour-uh otherwise. I'll give you a hint: facts or actual logic are useless to Joe D.

Posted by Mike in MO | August 18, 2008 9:38 AM

The careful way the question is answered, that he did not hear the broadcast, implies to me that an aide actually listened and briefed him on how to answer all the questions. Otherwise, why not say that McCain had no fore knowledge of the questions, which is really the issue, not whether or not he literally heard the broadcast.

Posted by Mikeblanco | August 18, 2008 9:39 AM

I've met Bob Dole. Bob Dole was a better war hero, younger, and more experienced than serial-cheater John McCain.

Well, not more experienced at cheating.

And he didn't win ... either.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 10:11 AM


Well, that's exactly what happened to the President in "Escape From New York", so you know, in many people's minds it totally COULD happen.

Posted by COMTE | August 18, 2008 10:15 AM


Don't apologize. He IS a lying sack of shit.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 18, 2008 10:21 AM

@13, made my day. Will the President need to speak in tounges as well?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 10:51 AM

I'll stop saying bad things about him as long as he agrees to get out of politics.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 18, 2008 10:56 AM

Where are some other POWs who can counter these arguments and criticize McCain?

Posted by Elaine | August 18, 2008 11:08 AM

Hey, if Reagan's being an actor made him incapable of lying, McCain's POW status probably means he could be the second coming.

Posted by Trevor | August 18, 2008 11:21 AM

If he didn't lie and cheat while he was a POW, then he's an idiot. Doing time doesn't make you honest.

Posted by Don't you think he looks tired? | August 18, 2008 11:49 AM

Too bad the prisoners in "The War on Drugs" don't even get to vote.

Posted by Vince | August 18, 2008 1:15 PM

Yeah, how dare they accuse McCain of something they have no evidence of, save marital transgressions that are 30 years old.

The flipside: "The insinuation from the McCain campaign that Barack Obama, who admittedly smoked crack, smokes crack is outrageous."

Posted by MBI | August 19, 2008 6:51 AM

Not to belittle his experiences or to make light of being a POW and torture, but it may just be worth it for all future presidential candidates to undergo such treatments if they can. The free pass it gives you on all issues of honesty and integrity just can't be beat!

Posted by gex | August 19, 2008 1:03 PM

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