On August 29th, I posted this:
John McCain’s response to everything is to point out that he was a POW. When defending himself for not being able to remember how many houses he owns, McCain said that there was a time in his life when he didn’t have any homes, didn’t have a table and didn’t have a chair. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26399647
That, of course, was nowhere near the point. The point was that he was either too old to remember how many properties he owns or that he’s too rich and out of touch to understand the lives of ordinary people.
Engaging in a debate with someone with absolute moral authority is a tough one, but the Democrats have to do it to win. Here’s the ad they ought to run.
A former POW or soldier wounded in battle should say the following into the camera:
Senator McCain, you served this country honorably and well.
Nobody can ever give you back those five and a half years you spent as a POW.
But you are wrong on the issues. You’ve voted with George Bush 90% of the time. You think Americans are better off than they were eight years ago. You think the economy is going strong, which would be consistent with your admission that you don’t know that much about economics. You want to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years.
We’re ready for change and that’s just not something you can deliver. For your service and your suffering, our country owes you a debt it can never repay. But it doesn’t owe you the presidency.
I still think a direct challenge to the basic premise of McCain’s campaign by a former POW– the idea that we owe him our votes because of his service — would be even more powerful.