September 02, 2008

Oh, Holy F***ing Crap.

The latest smear is that McCain has been playing up his experiences as a POW—rather than playing 'em down:

From: Robert Greenwald Date: Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM Subject: P.O.W.

1. Watch the video;

2. Send it to everyone you know.

"To see McCain resort to playing the POW card when answering legitimate questions, in my mind, cheapens that experience. And by cheapening his own experience in war, he degrades all of our experiences in war. He turns the horrific incidents we've all seen, touched, smelled, and felt into a lame excuse to earn political points. And it dishonors us all."
-- Brandon Friedman, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan

Dear Supporter,

John McCain has been exploiting his prisoner of war experience every chance he gets. He has used this story to justify everything from not knowing how many homes he has to his healthcare plan to his marital infidelities to his taste in music. The McCain campaign is even using his POW story in paid ads. But now a veteran who was a prisoner with McCain in Vietnam is explaining loud and clear that being a POW does not qualify McCain to lead our country.

Dr. Phillip Butler knew McCain as a fellow POW. Watch and listen!

We are sure this video will draw an onslaught of right-wing attacks, but we bring it to you because it is our job to continue to convey the truth together and give these issues national attention. As Dr. Butler has said, McCain does not have the temperament to have his finger near the red button. Get this video to everyone you know: friends, family members, coworkers, and especially those who don't share your political views. The video is designed to reach them. Get it on your social networking sites like Digg. And get it to every blog, newspaper, and TV station that has ever overplayed McCain's POW story. It is time to fight back with truth!

The mainstream press has already begun to call out McCain for overusing his POW story. And it's cut across all political persuasions.

"Whether he's deflecting criticism over his health-care plan or mocking a tribute to the Woodstock music festival, Senator John McCain has a trump card: the Hanoi Hilton. - Edwin Chen, Bloomberg

"Noun, Verb, POW" - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Monthly

"The McCain campaign's constant invocation of the candidate's POW past is weird bordering on irrational..." - Ana Marie Cox, TIME

"I think they are going to it way too many times." - Howard Fineman, Newsweek

Remember how Joe Biden got the press to refer to Rudy Giuliani as "A noun, a verb, and 9/11"? Well, let's actually take Andrew Sullivan's lead here and get the media to boil McCain down to a similar phrase: "A noun, a verb, and POW." Considering how often the McCain campaign invokes his POW story, isn't that what they're already doing?

Yours,

Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New team

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And here's their cute little video:

To summarize:

• All Vietnam-era POWs are crazy and physically delicate;
• John McCain has always had a bit of a temper;
• John McCain didn't suffer as much as some of the other POWs in Vietnam;
• John McCain did the worst, most horrible thing that a person can possibly do!—he converted to Christianity. And he isn't sincere about it! And he was really likeable before he did that. Except for the temper, and for the pretending that he had it worse at the Hanoi Hilton than he really did, because there were others who suffered more. You see?

And this man wants to be President, with a hick bimbo next in line!

I think they make a very good case. Like they say—pass the video on!

Posted by Attila Girl at September 2, 2008 08:11 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Yes, and this a mere four years after John "I served in Vietnam" Kerry.

No comparison kids. Shameful.

Posted by: Desert Cat at September 2, 2008 08:18 PM


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Thank God, Barack is an empty vessel, leaving nary a footprint where he tread.

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Posted by: Darrell at September 2, 2008 08:42 PM


Obama can claim he is a POW too. A Prisoner of Whites.

Posted by: Richard_Manitoba at September 3, 2008 06:19 AM


I'm sure there are some fellow captives of John McCain who would tell a quite different story from this guy.

Posted by: RochesterGuy at September 3, 2008 11:23 AM


there *are* others that tell a different story - but that's not the point - one man's opinion is not the final word on McCain's suitability as president but put it together with the many other sources that say the same thing and its clear the man's temperament is suspect. mix that with his propensity to believe that war is the answer and we have a recipe for disaster. of course if one believes war is desirable then by all means vote for the guy.

Posted by: Frank of America at September 7, 2008 08:58 PM




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