To me the idea of a PHD in sociology basically indicates a wasted life; it's something no reasonable person would do to himself.
Six people present have written statements describing what they saw. According to the accounts, McCain waved his hand to shoo away Jeannette Jenkins, whose cousin was last seen in South Vietnam in 1970, causing her to hit a wall.
As McCain continued walking, Jane Duke Gaylor, the mother of another missing serviceman, approached the senator. Gaylor, in a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen, stretched her arms toward McCain.
"McCain stopped, glared at her, raised his left arm ready to strike her, composed himself and pushed the wheelchair away from him," according to Eleanor Apodaca, the sister of an Air Force captain missing since 1967.
McCain's staff wouldn't respond to requests for comment about specific incidents.
It is also disappointing to see him take on and support Bush’s war in Iraq, even stating we might be there for another 100 years. For me, John represents the entrenched and bankrupt policies of Washington-as-usual. The past 7 years have proven to be disastrous for our country. And I believe John’s views on war, foreign policy, economics, environment, health care, education, national infrastructure and other important areas are much the same as those of the Bush administration.
I’m disappointed to see John represent himself politically in ways that are not accurate. He is not a moderate or maverick Republican. On some issues he is a maverick. But his voting record is far to the right. I fear for his nominations to our Supreme Court, and the consequent continuing loss of individual freedoms, especially regarding moral and religious issues. John is not a religious person, but he has taken every opportunity to ally himself with some really obnoxious and crazy fundamentalist minister. I was also disappointed to see him cozy up to Bush because I know he dislikes that man. He disingenuously and famously put his arm around the guy, even after Bush had intensely disrespected him with lies and slander. So on these and many other instances, I don’t see that John is the “straight talk express” he markets himself to be.
Maverick waves white flag to his party's far right
Democrats spent their convention demonstrating that George W. Bush has a loyal sidekick in John McCain, a senator they say voted with Bush 90 percent of the time.
The GOP spent last week trying to re-establish their candidate's independent credentials by distancing McCain from Bush, while also distancing the party from the issues that once qualified McCain for maverick status.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Democratic vice-presidential candidate and now candidate for the title of Most Despised Former Democrat, insisted from the floor of the GOP convention that McCain is his own man.
Sen. John Kerry, former Democratic presidential candidate who wears his Swift Boat scars with irony, pre-empted that argument the week before in Denver:
"To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick ... let's compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain.
"Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain's own climate-change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote. Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you're against it. ... Before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself."
McCain did finish the debate with his party. He lost. The maverick now wears the GOP brand on the far-right flank.
McCain's position on banning abortion has historically included exemptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. But this appears to be precluded by platform language that says an "unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed."
The platform leaves open the possibility of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, something McCain opposes.
The platform specifically opposes "amnesty" for illegal immigrants, a misnomer used to discredit the path to citizenship that McCain included in his comprehensive immigration-reform package. The platform supports making English the "official language," something McCain has opposed.
Nevertheless, the Republicans want you to think they are as proud as punch of McCain's maverick credentials.
This is smart politics. Even the GOP doesn't want to stand too close to a GOP president who took a nation with a budget surplus and plunged it into debt and economic doldrums, who rushed into a war without exit and presided over a Justice Department that made tortured arguments for allowing torture.
The GOP puppet masters recognize George W. as Loser in Chief.