September 28, 2005

McCain Meets With Cindy, Who Calls Him A "Warmonger" Anyway

Sen. John McCain probably doesn't know if he wants to laugh or cry at this point. Last week, I saw a report that he would be meeting with Cindy Sheehan and thought it odd considering the effect that Vietnam war protesters had on him during his stay in Hanoi.

Well, sure enough McCain did have a meeting with her, during which she allegedly insulted his service in Vietnam:

Sheehan said Tuesday that McCain told her then that her son's death was "like his buddies in Vietnam" and that he feared their deaths were "for nothing." McCain, however, denied he made such a statement.
On top of that, she called him a "warmonger" in an interview afterwards. McCain went on to tell reporters that the only reason he agreed to meet with her is that he was "misled" into thinking some of his Arizona constituents would be part of her delegation.

Captain Ed weighes in:

Does anyone believe that? McCain's entire career shows him as a rank opportunist, and with his recent moves to establish himself for a run at the 2008 Presidential nomination, he figured he could score a twofer: he could embarrass George Bush and make himself a media darling by getting some friendly face time with Sheehan. Instead, she winds up, predictably, talking about him in shrill tones while he mumbles some excuse about thinking that he would meet an Arizona representative among her staff. In the end, he proved Bush's wisdom in declining a second meeting with the poster woman for the radical Left.

If CQ readers want to see how badly this worked out for John McCain, by the way, read through the print editions of the Washington Post and New York Times. Neither one of them carried a word about this meeting, despite the meeting taking place well before deadline. This AP report appears on the web editions of both newspapers as a wire-service story, which means that McCain's office waited a long time before talking about this meeting to reporters. How ... convenient.

I have mixed feelings about McCain. While he is the primary reason I registered as a Republican five years ago, he consistently says and does things that really piss me off. This little stunt is just one more on that list.

Posted by: Gary at 12:10 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I won't be voting for McCain in a primary if it comes down to that...he pulls too many of these stunts for my comfort level.

Posted by: Pam at September 28, 2005 12:58 PM (I9LgB)

2 It'll be interesting to see if the Republic prints anything about this tomorrow. So far there is nothing on their update page. It's all about Delay. I won't be voting for him in a presidential primary and I won't be voting for him for senate. Waaaay too much of a maverick for me.

Posted by: AZvicki at September 28, 2005 07:18 PM (Cz66I)

3 I'd vote for Hilery before I'd vote for McCain.

Posted by: rightwingprof at September 29, 2005 01:40 PM (hj1Wx)

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