John McCain had pledged to run a clean, smear-free campaign yet has repeatedly taken every opportunity to smear and attack Barack Obama. Sadly, on Memorial Day he took some swipes at the soon-to-be presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. Memorial Day is the day we honor and pay tribute to the fallen men and women who have served our country proudly and nobly.
Instead, McCain had this to say about his likely presidential challenger. “He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time,” McCain said in an AP interview Monday.
McCain’s use of the word surrender is interesting since Obama has never used this word, nor ever implied it. That would most likely explain the following quote from McCain. “For him to talk about dates for withdrawal, which basically is surrender in Iraq after we’re succeeding so well is, I think, really inexcusable.”
What is inexcusable is the McCain friendly spin this AP story had taken. It’s not unlike most other stories our so-called liberal media has produced. McCain releases 400 pages of medical records to campaign friendly media, allowing no copying and approximately 9 seconds per page to review and the reporters produced a fairly clean bill of health. Where were the complaints of the suspicious nature behind the release of the records?
Humorously, McCain has offered to travel to Iraq with Obama. Obama has not been there since 2006 while McCain travels there frequently – 8 times thus far. “I go back every few months because things are changing in Iraq,” McCain said. “I would also seize that opportunity to educate Senator Obama along the way.”
Hopefully, McCain will have Joe Lieberman along to explain the differences between Sunni and Shia as well as the differences between Iran and Iraq. Please, Senator Obama, don’t ask McCain or Lieberman about the Kurds.
McCain defends his opposition to Sen. Webb’s G.I. bill
The Senate voted 75 – 22 last week on a new G.I. bill sponsored by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). Senators Clinton and Obama voted for this bill which provides expanded educational benefits to veterans. Senator McCain was a no-show for this vote and had previously stated that he opposed this bill.
Why would John McCain, a war hero and former POW himself oppose a bill to support the troops? It makes you wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that still-President Bush has threatened to veto the bill. For some reason, McCain is trying very hard to stay in the still-president’s good graces.
“I am running for the office of commander in chief. That is the highest privilege in this country, and it imposes the greatest responsibilities. And this is why I am committed to our bill, despite the support Senator Webb’s bill has received,” McCain said. “It would be easier, much easier politically for me to have joined Senator Webb in offering his legislation.”
Easier. And right, Senator. Your bill is more limiting to the troops and did not receive support from the Senate.
Does this mean that the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican Party is having a pissing contest with Senator Webb, whose name has been floated around as a possible VP candidate for Obama? Is McCain implying that it was easier to avoid Webb, who wanted to discuss the bill with him, and avoid Washington DC on the day of the vote rather than being seen as compromising with a member of the Democratic Party? A compromise that would have shown McCain to be in a weaker ‘political’ position? Is that what this was about for him? Is that why McCain didn’t support the troops?