There are a lot of legitimate ways Barack Obama supporters can criticize John McCain. But one of the worst lines of attack I can think of is to go after McCainâ€™s military service. And yet, we have Obama surrogates like Wesley Clark belittling McCainâ€™s heroism and major liberal blogger John Aravosis making this ridiculous statement:
â€œHonestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military? â€¦ Getting shot down, tortured, and then doing propaganda for the enemy is not command experience.â€
First of all, only the most cynically opportunistic of people would blame McCain for anything the Vietcong forced him to do during torturous captivity. Secondly, I would argue McCainâ€™s time as a prisoner of war sure as hell matters as it shows a level of resolve and ability to survive under intense pressure. I know Harvard Law is pretty difficult too, but, come onâ€¦
The Obama campaign, which has shown amazing message discipline in the past, should clamp down on this line of attack immediately. Obamaâ€™s supporters donâ€™t need to get nasty to win this thing and should be chastised for doing so.