Thursday, August 12, 2004

What the hell is wrong with John McCain?

Looking at that widely-distributed photo of John McCain embracing George W. Bush, I felt the gorge rise in my throat. Here's a man who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, while the guy he's stumping for was avoiding his drug-test-including physical and playing water polo with "ambitious secretaries." Here's a man who was attacked viciously by Bush's surrogates in 2000 ("Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he had a black baby?"), but now appears in campaign ads for Bush. Here's a man who can't contain his contempt for the President when he's on The Daily Show, but says of him at a campaign rally, "He has not wavered in his determination to protect this country and to make the world a better, safer, freer place." Here's a man who jokes on Jay Leno about his purported standing as John Kerry's first choice for VP, " I spent all those years in a Vietnamese prison camp, kept in the dark, fed scraps. Why would I want to that all over again?”

What the hell is he thinking? If this is what passes for integrity among Republicans, they can have it.

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