Some bass ackwards caller to the Hugh Hewitt show was just in this full-on rant to Hugh's guest host today, Carol Platt Leibau, talking about what a great war hero McCain was, and how could she talk against him, blah blah John Kerry redux.
She responded (when the caller let her) that there is a difference between what he did (and endured) then, versus what he's done since, and that (as with Kerry) being a war hero does not give someone a lifetime pass for their subsequent behavior.
Vice President Cheney said it this way, at the 2004 RNC:
The President's opponent is an experienced senator. He speaks often of his service in Vietnam, and we honor him for it. (applause) But there is also a record of more than three decades since.
I repeated this from a thread a aouple of days ago in regards to Mcstain and caught some flack. I think it bears repeating as it does look like he is running for prez on the Medal of honor he won. "Benedict Arnold was wounded when he was fighting FOR America. No one remembers him for that."
I can't imagine what impacts, or life-altering consequences being a POW had on McCain. I will grant him some understanding for that. But we're talking about an ego that demands national attention -- and consequences.
McCain hasn't risen above his set-backs. He wears them. As long as he capitalizes on those, he cannot live a righteous life. He is tragic, in more ways than one.