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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Senator Wreck-a-fella. . .

. . .has sunk to a level of outright cravenness unseen in quite some time with his attack on John McCain as some sort of blood lust driven marauder.
"McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."

These are the words of a mainstream Democrat, elected by a statewide vote -- not some bedroom community of tragically hip pseudo-radicals with too much time on their hands. I have a hard time believing that this kind of thing will go over well back home in West Virginia, which has trended rightward over the past few elections cycles.

But, more important than the electoral consequences of this statement is what it reveals about how Rockefeller views the service of our troops. If he can say these kinds of things about a man who suffered unimaginable torture at the hands of his captors on the principle that he was honor-bound to endure -- as no man should ever have to -- so that those who were captured before him were entitled to gain their freedom before he could, what must he think about the men serving in Iraq and Afghanistan right now?

Rockefeller is an Obama supporter. He attacked John McCain's personal integrity -- his fitness as a human being -- in order to benefit Barack Obama in an election. If Barack Obama doesn't come out and forcefully denounce Sen. Rockefeller and his words, it will lay bare the entire pretense of his "New Kind of Politics" as nothing but a cynical ploy just as Sen. Rockefeller has laid bare the truth that is the cowardly scumbag of a politician that he is.

And, in considering what Rockefeller said in the context of Obama's warm-up act, Ed Schultz, who recently called John McCain a "warmonger", you have to wonder whether or not there is a pattern of intentional character assassination of the lowest sort. Obama fired an aide for calling his primary opponent a "monster". Did Jay Rockefeller do anything less in his characterization of Sen. McCain?

UPDATE: Altered text for readability.

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