Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Someone Finally Noticed

Usually the press is too busy gushing over McCain's unwillingness to talk about his time as a POW to notice that he regularly uses it as a shield.

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

That's the nickname for the site where he spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, a past that McCain regularly recalls on the campaign trail to fend off policy attacks, score political points and give voters a glimpse of his sentimental side. He campaigns with squadrons of POWs and made a video to mark the 35th anniversary of his release from prison.

Nothing wrong with McCain talking about or using that horrible time in his life any way he wants, but the press keeps pretending he doesn't.