Tuesday, January 01, 2008

John McCain, Hypocrite

The media's love affair with Washington insiders continues. In a 12/30/07 blog on politico.com, Josephine Hearn describes a question and answer session held by John Edwards at a Holiday Inn in Muscatine, Iowa, in which the former Senator reportedly steered several questions to a discussion of Pakistan which, as I recall, has been the most important foreign policy issue of late. Hearn concluded "then, after weaving the turmoil in Pakistan into four political appearances that day, he asked that the situation not be exploited by U.S. presidential candidates for political gain." Edwards is little more than a hypocrite, we're to believe.

But just check out this statement from Senator John McCain as reported on cnn.politicsticker.com on 12/27/07:

I’m the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment, so perhaps it may serve to enhance those credentials, or make people understand that I’ve been to Waziristan, I know Musharraf, I can pick up the phone and call him. I knew Benazir Bhutto, I know the area. But I hate for anything like this to be the cause of any political gain for anyone.

Undeniably true- and a valiant effort to wring political gain from the crisis in south central Asia. But in contrast to the three major Democratic candidates, especially Edwards, Saint McCain receives no criticism.

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