You’ve got to give the guy credit for playing his cards – the few he legitimately has. But it’s getting just a little silly. The original Wonkette chimes in at Time’s blog:
The McCain campaign’s constant invocation of the candidate’s POW past is weird bordering on irrational: yesterday, Nicolle Wallace used it as evidence that McCain didn’t “cheat” at Saddleback. By a VERY generous interpretation, she could have meant that POWs don’t cheat. Or that once you’ve been a POW, you’ve been through so much you’re above cheating. Or maybe you can’t accuse a POW of cheating unless you’re a POW.
Today, spokesman Brian Rogers took the same tack against the “housing crisis” they currently face: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison.” So is he arguing that we shouldn’t begrudge McCain his multiple house because he once lived in an awful prison? Is he saying POWs deserve multiple houses (and you thought Obama was pro-nanny-state!)? Or maybe he’s saying that McCain’s several houses are really just prisons… of the soul. Man is entombed by his possessions, it’s true.
It’s a head-spinning non sequitur, designed to distract us from something mildly troubling with the assertion of something impressive.