Remember how during the the Republican primary Rudy Giuliani kept tossing “9/11” into every other sentence to remind folks of his role during that national tragedy? Surely I can’t be the only person who has noticed that John McCain and his lackeys are doing the same damned thing with the “P.O.W.” these days.
And as it turns out others have noticed as well:
The McCain campaign’s constant invocation of the candidate’s POW past is weird bordering on irrational: yesterday, Nicolle Wallace used it as evidence that McCain didn’t “cheat” at Saddleback. By a VERY generous interpretation, she could have meant that POWs don’t cheat. Or that once you’ve been a POW, you’ve been through so much you’re above cheating. Or maybe you can’t accuse a POW of cheating unless you’re a POW.
Today, spokesman Brian Rogers took the same tack against the “housing crisis” they currently face: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years—in prison.” So is he arguing that we shouldn’t begrudge McCain his multiple house because he once lived in an awful prison? Is he saying POWs deserve multiple houses (and you thought Obama was pro-nanny-state!)? Or maybe he’s saying that McCain’s several houses are really just prisons… of the soul. Man is entombed by his possessions, it’s true.
McCain’s hypocrisy has risen to insane levels with all the cries that Obama is an elitist considering that McCain can’t even remember how many houses he owns. He’d like us to believe he’s one of us and feels our pain when it’s clear to anyone who is paying attention that that couldn’t be further from the truth. Turning 9/11 into a mantra didn’t work for Rudy and I seriously doubt it’ll work for McCain in the long haul. With all the Republican pundits, not to mention McCain himself, whipping out “P.O.W.” at the slightest bit of criticism of their candidate there’s a good chance the public will see it for what it is and a backlash could develop.
So, in spite of how sick I am of hearing it constantly, I actually hope they’ll keep using it.