The Senator has even brought his military record into discussion of his music tastes. Explaining that his favorite song was “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, he offered that his knowledge of music “stopped evolving when his plane intercepted a surface-to-air missile.” Dancing Queen, however, was produced in 1975, eight years after McCain’s plane was shot down.
Preceding this election, there was a fairly wide-ranging belief that McCain was hesitant to use his POW experience in a political context. The Senator himself, during the 2004 election, said he was “sick and tired of re-fighting” the Vietnam War.
“It’s offensive to me, and it’s angering to me that we’re doing this,” he said. “It’s time to move on.”
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell a Bush ally slams McCain over personal life, infidelity. That’s Ok because McCain has one answer for every question,
“Well, I don’t know a lot about John McCain’s family history, I do know, however, that as recently as last week I think it was, the Senator made a comment in South Dakota regarding his wife entering some Buffalo Chips contest which is this topless deal and if she were to enter she would probably win it and my personal opinion and based on my understanding of the Christian faith, that’s not not, N-O-T, not the type of expression that a presidential candidate, or anyone for that matter who is a follower of the Christian faith, ought to make,” said the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell. “I don’t know if that is a perfect case in point, but it surely does help to juxtapose the DNA of Senator Obama, if you would, versus the DNA of Senator McCain.” […]
Caldwell said that McCain’s Buffalo Chips comment stood in stark contrast with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., whom Caldwell sees as a good family man supporting pro-family policies.
On hearing what Reverend Caldwell said a McCain spokesperson replied, “know that John McCain’s faith and character were tested and forged in ways few can fathom.” POW status trumps McCain’s infidelity. I wonder if the entirety of America’s POWs from all wars know that it works like a get out of jail free card. McCain says that he’s tired “sick and tired of re-fighting” Vietnam, but when backed into a corner on questions of integrity he can’t seem to articulate any moral jstification for his actions, but he was in a war. The senator is a aware that millions of Americans, no not millions of Americans, almost every American eventually suffers some terrible tragedy. Its part and parcel of the human condition. It is not the partisans on the Democratic side who are cheapening McCain’s experiences. It is McCain himself by using it as a cover-all excuse for his all too human failings since then.
When Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards, rebuked McCain’s medical-care proposal and noted that he’d always enjoyed government health benefits, McCain responded that he knows what it’s like to get inadequate care — “from another government.”
While this episode was particularly weired. It also points up McCain’s view of himself. Of all the suffering and tragedy that so many Americans have gone through in war and in their personal lives McCain’s is worse. His hardship beats everyone elses. These is also an element of irony here as when McCain was released his medical care was courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. By and large an expense we were and still are happy to pay. Does it require the Senator, who’s service we all honor, too much humility to acknowledge America’s help with his recovery and his current health-care benefits.
Senator Joesph Biden is bound to face some smears and tough criticism as we head into the final months of the election, Biden’s long career filled with triumphs and tragedies
And that was not the worst of his shattering episodes – not even close. On Dec. 18, 1972, five weeks after Biden was elected to the Senate, his wife Neilia, infant daughter Naomi and sons Beau and Hunt were out in the family station wagon getting a Christmas tree when a tractor-trailer broadsided them.
Neilia and Naomi died in the crash. The boys were critically injured.
Biden devoted himself to the care of his sons and was sworn in at the bedside of one of them before they both recovered fully, growing up to become lawyers.
Would the press let Senator Biden answer every question with a reference to his own tragedy. That accident is part of Bidens history just as McCain’s aviator experience is of his. Both are bound to come up in the course of the campaign. So far it seems that McCain is the one more then willing to cross the line from recounting painful experiences into clear exploitation.
* Biden has a son who as of this writing is set to deploy to Iraq in October 2008.
Lessons in McCain speak. Not ironically has McCain answered for his clueless gaffe on how many houses he owns with the patented McCain-speak, McCain Himself Invokes POW Past To Deflect Criticism Of Houses Gaffe
“I am grateful for the fact that I have a wonderful life,” McCain said. “I spent some years without a kitchen table, without a chair, and I know what it’s like to be blessed by the opportunities of this great nation…So the fact is that we have homes, and I’m grateful for it.”
He grew up as an admiral’s kid.
According to recent reports, John and Cindy McCain own at least 10 houses in Arizona, California, and Virgina worth an estimated total $13.8 million. These include two beachfront condos in Coronado, California, a condo in La Jolla, California, a two-unit condominium complex in Phoenix, Arizona, three ranch houses outside of Sedona, Arizona, a high-rise condo in Arlington, Virginia, a rental loft, and a loft they bought for their daughter.
Last year, according to a report (pdf) by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, homeowner tax breaks cost the federal government $119 billion. (Economists call these “tax expenditures”). These include $73.7 billion in mortgage interest deductions, $16.8 billion in property tax deductions, and $28.5 billion in exclusion from capital gains taxes when homes are sold.
This would be OK if the tax breaks helped most middle- and working-class people, who need the cash. But they don’t. Half of all homeowners, mostly those on the bottom-half of the income ladder, don’t claim deductions at all. Among homeowners who itemize deductions, most get only a few hundred dollars a year in tax breaks. Renters, of course, don’t even qualify.