Remember how the wingnuts excoriated Kerry for his claim that he was in Cambodia in 1968? I do.
Personally, I remain more interested in what Kerry would do regarding the current war, but since he invites us to judge him on his Vietnam record, evidence that he might not be telling the truth about that record is obviously relevant.
Such a sweeping — indeed, almost pathological– lie would undermine Kerry’s credibility on all other aspects of his memories and recountings of his Vietnam experience.
Why should we believe what Kerry says about the future when he can’t be trusted to represent the past accurately?
So how does wingnuttia feel about McSame’s whopper about what he told his Vietnamese captors?
Asked what first comes to his mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh, McCain chuckled, "the Steelers. I was a mediocre high school athlete but I loved and adored the sports but the Steelers really made a huge impression on me particularly in my early years."
And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a P.O.W. "When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates."
"Did you really?" asked the reporter.
"Yes," McCain said.
"In your POW camp?" asked the reporter.
"Yes," McCain said.
"Could you do it today?" asked the reporter.
"No, unfortunately," McCain said.
Here’s one reason he likely couldn’t do it today — the Steelers aren’t the team whose defensive line McCain named for his Vietnamese tormentors. The Green Bay Packers are.
Since McSame invites us to judge him on his Vietnam record, evidence that he might not be telling the truth about that record is obviously relevant. In fact, such a sweeping, pathological lie calls into question all of McSame’s claims about his Vietnam experience. Why should we believe what McSame says about the future when he can’t represent the past accurately?