Thursday, May 22, 2008

"We Support The Troops...Unless They Run For President"

Does his military background make John McCain too "dangerous" to be president?

That's what US Senator and former Democratic presidential contender Tom Harkin says.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's family background as the son and grandson of admirals has given him a worldview shaped by the military, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Ia., said Friday."I think he's trapped in that," Harkin said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous."

Harkin said that "it's one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that's just how you're steeped, how you've learned, how you've grown up."

The Des Moines Register goes on to note, without additional comment: "Neither of the Democratic presidential candidates served in the military."

Berkeley liberals attack a Marine recruiting office and even try to cast spells on it. Cambridge shuts down a Boy Scout drive collecting gifts to send to soldiers in Iraq. Harvard chased the ROTC off campus during the Vietnam War and still won't allow them back.

But whatever you do...don't question the Left's patriotism!

My question is, was this a trial balloon by the Obama campaign? Was Harkin just firing off ill-considered comments, or are Democrats testing the idea that McCain's military background could be used as a liability?

If so, it wouldn't be the first time. Watch this TV ad run by the Adlai Stevenson during his 1952 campaign against Eisenhower. The Stevenson campaign raised questions about Ike's candidacy because of his military background, too.

And we all know how THAT worked out.