As John McCain tries to resuscitate his presidential campaign, he and his staff are repeatedly flogging his undeniably heroic experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. The problem is that it has nothing to do with being president.
During the most recent Republican debate, McCain got off a seemingly scripted jab at Hillary Clinton:
In case you missed it, a few days ago, Senator Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock Concert Museum. Now, my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time.
My friends, no one can be president of the United States that supports projects such as these. And I believe that wasteful spending has got to be eliminated. And I will have this debate and win because she is a liberal Democrat and I am a proud, reliable, consistent conservative Republican. That's why I'll win.
McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, sent supporters an even more tacky email today (PDF) that capitalizes on the 40th anniversary of McCain being shot down to raise campaign contributions:
He has given so much - join me in giving him a gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,300 in remembrance of his past service to all of us and in support of a future McCain Presidency.
...P.S. Help me honor a true American hero on this 40th anniversary of being shot down over Vietnam by making a commitment to the campaign. Follow this link and make a contribution to a better America.
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