Am I taking crazy pills, or do people honestly believe that saying that being a prisoner of war doesn’t automatically qualify you to be president is the same as attacking someone’s service record? Because, this latest media flare-up over Wesley Clark’s remarks is getting exceedingly absurd.
John McCain went through hell in Vietnam, and he dealt with it in a way that demonstrated a tremendous amount of character. However, even if the sole responsibility of the President of the United States were to be commander-in-chief of the military, that experience alone would not qualify McCain to be president. And, given that the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet has a few other responsibilities as well, this point should be even more painfully obvious. Sure, McCain’s background is something that voters should take into consideration, and it does lend him additional credibility, although I’m not sure what kind of judgment he’s demonstrating by his recent unwavering support of the war in Iraq, for example
Even though McCain is going to continue to run in part on his experiences in Vietnam, I really doubt that we’re going to see a coordinated campaign to swiftboat him, because I’d like to think that the Democratic Party has a little bit more class than that. And, if such a campaign materialized, I certainly wouldn’t support it. Still, I just hope voters can see through the twisted logic currently floating around.