Thursday, May 1

Getting to Know John McCain

I've been thinking over the last several weeks that I feel like the Democratic race for the nomination is starting to feel like the actual general election. Sens. Clinton and Obama dominate the headlines every day and with all the drama and controversy they've brought to the political landscape, you sometimes forget that there's actually a Republican candidate in the mix.

Some pundits think the drawn out democratic battle is actually good for McCain, but I just hope he has time to get himself and his issues out there. Eventually.

I was especially longing to hear more from McCain after I read this fascinating article by Karl Rove. The article was written after Rove had dinner with Doris Day who is married to Col. Bud Day, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, fighter pilot, Vietnam POW and roommate of John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton.
"Mr. Day relayed to me one of the stories Americans should hear. It involves what happened to him after escaping from a North Vietnamese prison during the war. When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke his arm and said, "I told you I would make you a cripple."

The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day's will. He had survived in prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was done so that the arm would heal at "a goofy angle," as Mr. Day explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again."

What's that have to do with John McCain? Read on here...



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