• Please Stop Bothering War Hero John McCain With Unrelated Questions

    Say what you will about John McCain: as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam he faced a greater test than most of us — in our relatively comfy civilian lives — will ever have to face. He survived isolation, torture, and more than five years without seeing his home or family.

    And as a true war hero, he will never, ever cheapen this experience by using it as some sort of political trump card when he's confronted with questions he doesn't like

    When Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards, rebuked McCain's medical-care proposal and noted that he'd always enjoyed government health benefits, McCain responded that he knows what it's like to get inadequate care — "from another government."

    Okay, so a President McCain would not model his health care policy on that of the North Vietnamese four decades ago. That's good, I guess.

    Under fire as a senator for questionable dealings with an Arizona friend and supporter during the savings-and-loan scandal, McCain fumed: "Even the Vietnamese didn't question my ethics."

    True. But then, they weren't in danger of having him run their country.

    Tags: Elizabeth Edwards, Health Care, John Edwards, John McCain


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