Without debating whether the allegations against John McCain are valid or not, I am finding the story to be tragic.
McCain may or may not have had an affair with a woman who was lobbying 8 years ago. The NY Times newspaper story is sketchy. The Times is claiming that the story is substantiated but two major sources are people who had grown disillusioned with McCain. Disillusioned staffers can mean anything, anything at all.
John McCain has never claimed to be the finest role model in terms of personal life. In his first marriage he did admit to extramarital affairs. He met his current wife, Cindy, and divorced his first wife to marry Cindy in 1980. John McCain is a Senator and has been so for quite some time. He was a Naval pilot in Vietnam, shot down, and was captured. He spent over 5 years in a Vietnamese POW camp and was tortured and even turned down an early release. He came home a war hero and deservedly so.
McCain is not the slickest guy in the world. He’s noted for colorful language and being very much his own person. He’s running on a platform that we’ll be in Iraq for the next century, knows little about economic matters, and that there is no hope for a lot of jobs coming back. (His “There is no hope” campaign might need to be tweaked if he’s going to be successful.)
What disturbs me most about this story is that political parties and the news media tend to enjoy playing ‘gotcha.’
Katie Couric interviewed Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes and asked about Hillary’s nickname of Frigidaire when she was in high school. A more stupid and childish question I have not seen. Everyone tried to play it with Mitt Romney as he was developing positions. “When you ran for class President when you were 12, you believed that the milk should cost 10 cents, but now you think it should cost 12 cents. Why did you flip flop your position, Mr. Romney?”
Give me a break.
We often complain that our best and our brightest do not run for public office at least on a national level. Who, in their right mind, would? Who wants to live under that kind of foolish scrutiny?
It is often said that people deserve the leaders they choose. We also deserve the leaders who choose to run by trying to assassinate the character of all involved.