Monday, June 30, 2008


I've seen the polling reports -- McCain's Viet Nam experience is like a nuclear warhead, it obliterates everything it touches. Want to talk about the economy? Healthcare? Oil prices? McCain's history as a POW trumps it all. Waldman and Brock talk about it in their book as one of the pillars of the McCain legend. And despite the Fox News contention that "McCain never mentions it" (15 times in one day), McCain does talk about it. All the time. It's all he's got.


The whole experience, however, does demonstrate that the Republican attack machine is so self-sufficient and freestanding that it doesn't need big GOP money to survive any more. Having claimed a compliant media largely for themselves, they can just put the pig on auto-pilot and go suck Mai Thai's by the pool.

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