From a conference call with reporters, Tom Harkin plants the seeds that John McCain is not capable of making rational decisions, due to the fact he is from a family background of strong military service.
As the son and grandson of admirals, Harkin says his worldview is shaped by the military, and "he has a hard time thinking beyond that." "I think he's trapped in that". He went on for the Iowa reporters, according to The Des Moines Register, "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous." "It's one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that's just how you're steeped, how you've learned, how you've grown up."
So, the far left of the Democrat party, which is more and more the majority of the party, is now comfortable with announcing John McCain is not capable of making decisions concerning national security because he is from a military background. And, if you volunteered for military service, well, what is wrong with you anyway?
McCain has now been in politics longer than he served in the military. Harkin wants you to know he is a military vet himself so he's justified attacking McCain this way. "I just want to be very clear there's nothing wrong with a career in the military", and he continues, "But now McCain is running for a higher office. He's running for commander in chief, and our Constitution says that should be a civilian. And in some ways, I think it would be nice if that commander in chief had some military background, but I don't know if they need a whole lot."
So, in Harkin-world, the candidate must have been drafted, not volunteered, and have some military experience but not too much. How much is too much? That was not specified.
Good thing Eisenhower isn't running this year. Every president in recent history has had military experience, except Bill Clinton.
Harkin is an Obama supporter (surprise!) and this hardly sounds like the warm and fuzzy give change a chance we are the change we've been waiting for, just feel don't think kind of jibberjabber we normally hear. Obama's military experience, since Harkin thinks 'some' is good? None.
Harkin may want to note that McCain is no longer active service, so I think he qualifies as a civilian.
Dr. Tim Johnson, age 72, talking to interviewer Charlie Gibson, age 65, on ABC's World News discussed McCain's health and mental well-being. From NewsBusters, "Dr. Tim Johnson speculated about McCain's health. Gibson wondered about 'psychological damage' from his POW captivity." There's no evidence, but hey, this is network news. No need for accuracy.
Reassuring Gibson, Johnson said, "That Navy psychiatrists monitored McCain 'for many years 'after his release. They found no evidence of any serious problem. And he strongly denies any symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder." Gibson replied," But he's 71 years old. What do the actuarial tables say about a man who's 71 years old?" Johnson editorialized for the Democrats that McCain should live to be 87 years old but: "Much more difficult, of course, to predict any change in mental acuity. At age 71, there's about a 30 percent chance of developing serious memory loss or even dementia."
This is the same Dr. Johnson who said on "Good Morning America" during coverage of Senator Ted Kennedy's brain cancer announcement that the Senator was laudable for his liberal views on reforming health care. "He is a true giant in the field of those of us who care about health care reform. And we want his leadership to continue." "The Clintons are almost heroes in my mind for finally facing up to the terrible problems we have with our current health care system." Back in 1994 Johnson was on record as supporting Hillary's universal health care sham. "So at least from the physicians represented here, you get a 100 percent vote, including mine, for universal coverage."
Kennedy is 76 years old. Memory loss and dementia, Dr. Johnson?
Hey, I hear McCain has a temper.
Where's that Republican attack machine when we need it?