I’ve been stewing over writing a post about the phony hullabaloo over Gen. Wesley Clark’s honest comment about John McCain’s military career. In case you’ve missed it, Clark basically said that military service doesn’t necessarily qualify one for the office of president. This is a point that should hardly need to be made, yet the way the media prostrates itself before the alter of McCain’s military service would indicate otherwise. Here’s the part that has McCain’s panties all bunched up:
“When asked to compare whether Mr. Obama’s lack of military service measured up to Mr. McCain’s experience as a fighter pilot who was shot down, Mr. Clark replied: “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”
“I think its up to Senator Obama now to not only repudiate him, but to cut him loose,” Mr. McCain told reporters on his campaign plane en route to Cartagena, Colombia.
Waw. Waw. Waw. What a cry baby. It’s as if McCain and his supporters believe that McCain’s ONLY qualification to be president is that he was a POW.
Think back to the last election and the way the right went after John Kerry’s military record. And the ways in which the media abetted this effort. What hypocrites. And what the right said about Kerry was a lie. What Clark said was the truth — and merely an expressed opinion.
So, like I said, I was stewing over this. Then I read this commentary by Joe Conason and thought, ‘nough said.