Wednesday, February 6, 2008

John McCain’s Free Pass

We’ve been having a good time mocking John McCain’s new television ad. You know, the one where he says, “As a prisoner of war in Vietnam, John McCain was inspired by Ronald Reagan,” and his years of Vietnam service flash on the screen: 1967-1973.

Let’s see, what was Ronald Reagan doing during those years? Well, he was Governor of California. He wasn’t birthing the modern conservative movement, he was raising state taxes, releasing state mental patients onto the California streets, and dispatching the California Highway Patrol to quell student protests.

Word of what the new governor of California was doing reached across the oceans to a prisoner of war in Vietnam? Really? I’m calling bullshit on that one.

It wouldn’t be worth mentioning except as one person noted, if Al Gore--or any Democrat--made such a ludicrous claim in a campaign ad, the media would jump all over him or her.

Where are the fainting couches for John McCain’s obvious pandering? Where’s the outrage over his exaggeration?