McCain Photo Leaked From Republican Convention Hall

As Democrats finalize preparation for their convention starting Monday, Republicans are still getting their event organized. However, News Corpse has obtained a secretly taken photo from the tightly secured rehearsal hall:

This photo confirms that McCain’s campaign strategy for the fall is going to rely on his status as a prisoner of war. In 1967, John McCain was shot out of the North Vietnamese sky, crash landed in a lake, taken prisoner, and held in captivity for … 41 years, so far.

McCain can’t refrain from exploiting his terrible ordeal as a prop to boost his electoral prospects. After using his captivity as a cynical and absurd response to his housing controversy, you wonder just how far he will take it. Trapper John at Daily Kos speculated earlier today as to how McCain’s camp would respond to any controversy that might arise:

McCain Accused Of Taking Bribes From Abramoff: “This is a guy who didn’t touch hard currency for five and a half years — in prison,” spokesman Brian Rogers told the Washington Post.

2003 McCain Arrest for DWI Uncovered: “This is a guy who didn’t have a sip of booze for five and a half years — in prison,” spokesman Brian Rogers told the Washington Post.

McCain Caught Cheating With 22 Year-Old ASU Intern: “This is a guy who didn’t get laid at all for five and a half years — in prison,” spokesman Brian Rogers told the Washington Post.

Surprisingly, the media is not being led around on a leash like they usually are. Many are incredulous that McCain would so foolishly dilute the impact of what is his most compelling story.

Time: The McCain campaign’s constant invocation of the candidate’s POW past is weird bordering on irrational [...] It’s a head-spinning non sequitur, designed to distract us from something mildly troubling with the assertion of something impressive.

Newsweek: I think they are going to it way too many times…. I think he wisely for many years stayed away from it as a political tool, he really did. But now it not only defines him, it’s become a crutch in the campaign. And I think he is in danger of trivializing it.

Politico: It does seem like they’re flirting with Giuliani/9/11 territory here, in which a subject that seems utterly immune to humor, used as a first resort, suddenly becomes a running joke among your political enemies and your late night comic friends.

Talking Points Memo: The McCain campaign is cranking out all these bills with a little ‘McCain as P.O.W.’ logo on it and is trying to use them to buy their way out of every controversy that comes along. Pretty soon the McCain team’s money won’t be good anywhere.

Huffington Post: …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.

‘Nuff said.

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3 thoughts on “McCain Photo Leaked From Republican Convention Hall

  1. MCCAIN IS A LAME EXCUSE OF A POW COMMANDER EVERET ALVAREZ LONGEST POW IN CAPTIVITYNEVER USED HIS POW STATUS AMD MDEALS TO GET WHAT HE WANTED HE WAS APOW AND SUFFERED BUT LIKE OTHER POWS TOOK IT LIKE MAN NOT EVEN AUDIE MURPHEY OR ROYBENAVIDES GLOATED OR BAGGRED ABOUT THERE VIETNAM SERVICE MCCAIN IS ADISGRACE TO ALL VIETNAM VETERANS HE VOTED AGAINST THE JIMWEBB BILL AND THE PEOEPLE HE HANGS AROUND LIBERMANLYNDSEY GRAHMAS TELLS ALOT ABOUT HIM GOD BLKESS AMERICA IF THIS MAN BECOME CIC WE ARE INDEEP CHYT GUESS HENEVER LEAQRNED ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR CAUSE WEFOUGHT IN THE SIOUTH DELTA AND JUNLGES WHILE HE SAT ON HIS ROYAL AZZ INNVA JAILS I GOT SICK IN 68 FRESH FROM VIETNAM, THEY DIDNT EVEN LET US KNOW WE HAD MEDICAL C ARE IF YOU GOT SICK I HAD AMEOBIC DYSENTERY FROM THE ROTTEN FOOD WE ATE IN NAM,AND LATER IN OCT 2003 I WAS GIVEN FINAL RITES AND ENDED UP IN TCU IN THE VA HOSPITAL I STILLWAITING ON MY RATING BOARD TO GIVE ME ADISABILITY RATING IT,S IN THE VA BOARD OF APPEALS IN WDC SINCE SEPT 2005 THE HOME HEALTH NURSE SAID I HAD PHERIPHERAL NUEROPATHY YET THE VA WONT GET OF THERE ARSES AND GIVE VIETNAM VETERANS ARATING ON AO GUESS THEY ARE WAITING FOR ALL OF US TO DIE OUT THE GW BUSHIT AMDISTRATION SUXS SO DOES MCDOOFUS

    • Thanks for your comment – and your service.

      The problems you’re having with the VA are heartbreaking. I hope they get it resolved soon. You deserve much better treatment than that.

  2. Ed…..I have many years experience with the VA myself. When I was dying of a lung disease, the VA could not even diagnose it correctly. They were satisfied to let me die slowly, but I sought help from natural medicine and with God’s help I recovered completely in seven months. If you want to get well, you must seek out the cure for yourself and don’t give up. You may even have to go to some medical clinic outside the US because our medical system is broken and unlikely to get fixed any time soon. Take responsibility for your own health needs and don’t depend on the federal government for anything.

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