Hands Off Our Heroes

The military hero phenomenon that is being applied to any criticism of John McCain’s qualifications is beginning to filter down to his surrogates as the right wing attack machine is now focusing their attention towards CNN .

This time Michelle Malkin takes umbrage with CNN associating retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day with the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against John Kerry.

Why? Because you wouldn’t know about Col. Day’s extraordinary heroism if you only got your news from CNN, which falsely states in a reductionist hit job on Day: “McCain Truth Squad defender was Swift Boat Vet member.”

Dismissing the fact that Day’s war record (he is our nations most decorated living service member and a true hero) has nothing to do with his current job, she then links to another right wing site to try and back up her CNN “hit job” claim but all the linked site does is pretty much admit that Day supported the group by printing a letter from Day himself.

My friend and room mate Senator John S. McCain denounced the Swiftboat video by John O’Neil. I have a different take on the Swiftboat tape and disagree with my good friend John.

Putting Bud Day’s Swiftboat credentials aside as he at a minimum was a vocal supporter of the group, Malkin’s outrage and the ensuing outrage from her Malkinite’s is just the latest attempt to protect a weak candidate who’s many faults are on display almost daily.

Which now brings us to the latest “how dare you criticise our hero” campaign over the CNN piece. As when Wes Clark called McCain’s credentials into question, the right has decided that instead of addressing the issue, they will just deflect the criticism by pulling out the hero card and trying to blame the messenger.

All McCain needs now is to find a few more Medal of Honor winners like Colonel Day to do his dirty work, heck his war for the sake of war campaign has given us a new generation of honorees though most had to die to earn it, and he can pretty much sew up the election. As is the case here with CNN being forced to shut down their comments for this post, I am sure Malkin and her minions would ensure that the left, whom for the most part are absent a backbone anyway, will be too afraid to respond.

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