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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Home McCain Would Rather Talk About

posted by on August 21 at 12:35 PM

Not any of his current seven homes, but a home from way back when. Here’s McCain spokesman Brian Rogers, defending McCain from today’s attacks on his current real estate portfolio:

This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years in prison.

If that sounds familiar, it should. The response earlier this week to questions about whether John McCain cheated at the Saddleback forum: “How dare you, he was a POW.” The response today to questions about his seven houses: “How dare you, he was a POW.”

Now who’s playing cards?

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And he missed it so much he got involved with the Keating Five!

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 12:44 PM

John McCain: A Noun, a verb, and POW.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 12:51 PM


Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! | August 21, 2008 12:51 PM

The only good POW is a dead POW. WOOT!

Posted by i love starship troopers | August 21, 2008 12:54 PM

Conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan sums up the whole P.O.W. canard succinctly:

"Is it not a rather fantastic historical irony that the torture techniques that the North Vietnamese used against McCain that forced him to offer a videotaped false confession ... are now the techniques the Bush administration is using to gain "intelligence" about terror networks.

How is it possible to know that everything John McCain once said on videotape for the enemy was false, because it was coerced, and yet assert that everything we torture out of terror suspects using exactly the same techniques, is true? In fact, McCain at least knew somewhere that his own government knew he existed, that there were procedures to eventually release him, that he was on someone's radar. The average prisoner at Gitmo or in the other parts of the detention program believes that no one will ever save him, that he could be disappeared for ever, that there are no procedures for his eventual release and no government to remember him. If McCain uttered lies on tape to stop the torture, why would an Islamist tell the truth?

Nothing more accurately exposes the classic moral error of the Bush administration and its enablers in war crimes. If the enemy tortures, it defines their moral evil and all intelligence gleaned from such coercion is self-evidently false propaganda. If we do it, it isn't wrong, and it leads to good intelligence.

Got that? And these people have the gall to describe their ideological opponents as moral relativists."

I would add that following the 'logic' of your average Ayn Rand conservative, McCain ended up in that situation because of choices he made, and hence is due no special consideration for his suffering.

Following the 'logic' of your average 'swiftboat vets for truth' conservative, McCain ended up in prison because he was a second rate pilot who couldn't keep his bird in the air, so he got what he deserved.

Posted by samdinista | August 21, 2008 12:56 PM

This is becoming like Rudy's constant "9/11-ing" - people got pretty sick of that line, no matter how grave the actual circumstances actually were. Keep on beating that drum, Johnny. See how long people march to it.

Posted by JC | August 21, 2008 12:58 PM

@5 Hi Andrew! Welcome to your blog-away-from-blog!

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 21, 2008 1:10 PM

He's gotta keep playing it. It's the only card in his deck.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 21, 2008 1:10 PM

Approximately 73 years ago, the best part of John McCain ran down the inside of his mother's thigh, pooled on the cold linoleum of the bathroom floor, and became a pale, yellow stain.

Posted by samdinista | August 21, 2008 1:10 PM

It's not like he was a corrupt DC insider for most of the forty years since he was in that prison.

oh, wait, he was.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 1:18 PM

@4 - well, being a POW may prove he "has what it takes to be a citizen", but President of the USA, not so much.

@9 - McCain - You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!

Posted by Mr. X | August 21, 2008 1:26 PM

Does anyone really think it does Obama any benefit to scrutinize the real estate holdings of the candidates?...

"Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser"

"Obama Got Discount on Home Loan"

Yeah. No. I didn't think so.

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | August 21, 2008 1:50 PM

Mentioning Rezko just invites everyone to bring up the subject of Charles Keating.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM

@12: It certainly does. You see, timing is everything, and Obama's housing flap was aired ages ago.

Posted by Greg | August 21, 2008 1:54 PM

"Obama's Rezko ties deeper than land deal",122306obama.article

"The Rezko Connection: Obama's Achilles Heel?"

Which McCain is, no doubt, saving for after the convention...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM

@12 And all you can come up with is that old, debunked crap?

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 21, 2008 1:55 PM

It's like a joke from a would-be SNL spoof..."This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years in prison!!!!!!!."

Posted by Non | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM

Well, there was Rudy 9/11 Guilliani and now there's John POW McCain.

Besides, it's not like he was tortured. He was just interogated in an inhanced way.

Posted by monkey | August 21, 2008 2:44 PM

Leave 12/15 alone. Just a bitter old queen.

Posted by No kidding | August 21, 2008 2:47 PM

playing the "POW Card"! i love it. BHO's people got McCain's to shoot their Rezco wad BEFORE the convention!

Posted by max solomon | August 21, 2008 4:31 PM

In addition to not knowing how many houses he owns, (the count so far is 8), his elitist friends use sheets of treasury notes, (i.e. money) for fu*king wrapping paper.

John McCain - A common man.

Posted by mrgrandefromage | August 21, 2008 4:34 PM

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