So the left wants to focus on character? BRING IT ON!

Today, the left started its campaign to discredit John McCain’s service record and experience.  Obviously, if experience and character are considered of primary importance, McCain wins in a walk.  So we’re now getting the “Getting shot down in Vietnam doesn’t prepare you for the Presidency” speech from Obama’s surrogates.

So let’s compare and contrast, shall we?  Obama blames:

Statements he made on a questionnaire in 1996 while running for Illinois Senate that are suddenly inconvenient on a staffer;

His campaign’s attempt to link Hillary Clinton to outsourcing in India on a staffer…

His refusal to take public campaign financing on the “system (being) broken.”

His campaign’s attempt to label Hillary Clinton a racist through a pamphlet distributed in SC on “our (overzealous) staff.”

His support for a bill with millions in earmarks for the University of Chicago while his wife, Michelle, worked there on Dick Durbin’s office.

His letter in support of Tony Rezko to city and state housing authorities on being a “standard form letter that I do all the time” and “by the way, I’m not aware of.”

Rezko for not being the guy he knew…

Wright for not being the preacher he knew…

His loss in Kentucky on Fox News…

His loss in Pennsylvania on bitter gun and religion clingers…and then the “bitter” people “cling(ing) to guns or religion or antipathy to those who aren’t like them” on “mangling my words and poor syntax”…

His loss in Indiana on Rush Limbaugh…

An “ethic of greed” for the economy…

American oil companies for global oil prices…

Iran’s refusal to negotiate on America…

And before it’s even happened, he’s blames any losses on McCain’s and the Republican’s racist tactics…

In short, anything that’s potentially a negative is someone else’s doing.  He, after all, is infallible.

Compared to this:

 A not-so-public man

 How aware is the public that McCain has raised seven children? Or that he adopted his two oldest sons as small boys (children from his wife’s prior marriage)? Or that he has raised a Bangladeshi girl with severe health problems adopted from Mother Theresa’s orphanage? Or that his own sons have served in the military, including in Iraq?

Yet, likely because of those same values, McCain maintains a strict code of silence about his sons’ military service, no matter how legitimate his pride or politically useful their military status. Through 2007, McCain was the strongest Senate advocate of vastly increasing troop levels in Iraq, strongly influencing the administration’s wildly successful “surge” strategy.

Yet McCain never brought up his own son’s service in some of the roughest areas of Iraq. His principled refusal of political advantage from his son’s Iraq service extends to refusal even to be interviewed on the subject, or to introduce his son to campaign audiences.

So, it turns out that McCain, standard-bearer of the party constantly slandered as racist, has, without fanfare, raised as his own a Bengali daughter of color. But the character demonstrations regarding his daughter are even more impressive: during his 2000 presidential run, as he was on the verge of becoming the front-runner, rogue staffers of other candidates reportedly conducted a whisper campaign in South Carolina disparaging the McCains for having a “black baby.” Yet, with every justification to unload with both barrels for such nasty politicking, and with as great an opportunity to set the record straight and tell the world about the heroics of being an adoptive father, McCain chose to shield his child by ignoring the smear. Some analysts believe that move may have ultimately cost him the nomination. But McCain has never questioned his choice. It says a lot about the man that he would readily sacrifice the pinnacle of personal political achievement to protect his family’s feelings and privacy.

And today, the left started attacking McCain’s military service and sacrifice and are want to pretend that this experience doesn’t bespeak a deep and abiding character that dwarfs any service or sacrifice that Barack Obama’s ever had to make.  This from an article at Reason Magazine, Be Afraid of a McCain Presidency:

Any young McCain worth his salt could convert a grudge into motivational sustenance and torment his tormentors with defiant lip. So after being shot out of the sky during a risky raid over Hanoi in 1967, then pummeled by a mob of local Vietnamese and detained at the notorious prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton, McCain comported himself heroically despite two broken arms, a mangled knee, and innards wracked by dysentery and other maladies. Every morning for two years a guard the prisoners called The Prick would demand that McCain bow to him. Every morning McCain would refuse, then brace for his beating. Herded into a made-for-propaganda Christmas Eve service in the prison yard, McCain punctured the enforced silence with repeated shouts of “Fuck you!” while raising his middle finger to the camera. Beat senseless for days on end for refusing to divulge information or accept early release (which would have given the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory and violated the Navy’s honor code), he would reveal only the names of every player he could remember from the Green Bay Packers. “Resisting, being uncooperative and a general pain in the ass,” he wrote, “proved, as it had in the past, to be a morale booster for me.”

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