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I can't help but think that Republicans would like to have "do overs." This is the sorriest presidential c38aign that I have ever witnessed. John McCain has managed to parlay his war hero status into a political career for the last 20 years, but this time the stakes are too high. Can we really afford to have such an angry , rancorous man the White House?

His repeated assertions that Obama " would rather lose a war than lose an election ," make McCain look like some sort of Archie Bunker throwback, only we knew that Archie was a sitcom character, not a candidate for president of the United States. Vintage T- Shirt Can you imagine if he were to carry this bilious behavior to the international arena, leading by testy insinuation. Pretty scary stuff considering the memory lapses, coupled with his computer illiteracy , in the age of global media. Does John McCain even grasp the significance of his deficiency in 21st century skills? I think not or he would never have copped to it .

By the way Senator McCain, what would  "winning" in Iraq look like? If the country is "stabilized" and they want us out, what can be gained by continuing the nightmare. Recently you have stated, " I know how to win wars."  Which war was that, sir? My own father, who served four tours in Vietnam, wore a T-shirt, at home, that read "Southeast Asian War Games Participant -- 2nd Place". So surely you don't mean Vietnam. 

Davesnot from Oceanside
August 04, 2008 at 09:12 PM
He's amazing to watch... he was on Cspan at a rally.. with his own followers.. and the microphone took a bit of time to get to a questioner.. and he said, "Sorry, some of our help is on the work release program.. they're a bit slower than most.".. or words very close to those... I guess if he wins we can still enjoy David Letterman's "great moments in presidential speeches."



A Musing Reamus from Carlsbad
August 05, 2008 at 09:20 PM
Well said, Candace. I am still trying to reconcile how flying one's plane into the path of an oncoming SAM missile makes one a "war hereo." John Mc Cain certainly endured horrific things in his seven years of captivity, but so ddi ten of my squadron mates. None of them have ever claimed to be a hero or would list it as part of the bona fides to make them fit to be President. The heroes in the war for second place are all dead.

McClure from Carlsbad
August 20, 2008 at 10:06 PM
In your radio comments earlier this month, you said you relied on a subscription service for research. What was the name of the service? Thank you.

Candace Suerstedt
August 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM
The subscription service is STRATFOR. I am often amazed how early they are able to isolate elements or incidents that later shape up into "news". http://www.stratfor.com/

Chip Auger from San Diego, CA 92116
August 27, 2008 at 11:12 PM
Candace, I am very much in agreement with most of your comments. But, what I really want to know is where can I get a t-shirt like your father's? Chip

Candace Suerstedt
August 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM
I guess you will have to have a t-shirt made, Chip. The one in the picture is about 35 years old. I think it was given to my father by a fellow Naval officer sometime around March '73. When my father died in 1990 (from agent orange related cancer) it was one of the keepsakes I saved and packed away for posterity.

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