A question that needs to be asked

by Michael O. Allen on August 4, 2008

The former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green (and a man who has run every office under sun in New York State) asks a pertinent question:

What about McCain’s character? By MARK GREEN, Monday, August 4th 2008

Pundits on the the talk shows say that the ’08 election is all about Barack Obama: Can he pass the commander in chief test and avoid gaffes and reassure white voters? But another question is whether John McCain can pass the character test.

So far, he’s failing.

What? A bona fide war hero and POW survivor is being questioned about character?

Well, yes. It’s time that McCain and his acolytes stopped assuming that his extraordinary military service nearly 40 years ago gives him immunity to questions about being President today in a different century.

First, there is the unpleasant fact that in the past week McCain has sounded more like Joseph McCarthy in his patriotism-baiting of Obama. When he repeatedly says that Obama “would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign,” he’s imputing a political motive that he can’t know and that is contradicted by the available evidence.

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