McCain Plays the POW Card Again

09/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Taylor Marsh Political writer and cultural voyeur, author and speaker.

Live from Denver, as we say this week.

This part of the story began in June and is now non-stop.

The how many houses do you have? issue just won't go away. So in an effort to recover, McCain played the POW card yet again.

"I am grateful for the fact that I have a wonderful life," McCain said. "I spent some years without a kitchen table, without a chair, and I know what it's like to be blessed by the opportunities of this great nation."

It's a crass assessment, but it's true. That's exactly what he did.

Because McCain got caught with his real estate hanging out, he has the audacity to challenge everyone to call him on it by using an issue that makes even the most hardened political analyst blanch when considering a rebuttal.

But even Maureen Dowd, who'd likely choose tea with Charles Manson over any Democrat, except Joe Lieberman, finally raised it yesterday.

So it's hard to believe that John McCain is now in danger of exceeding his credit limit on the equivalent of an American Express black card. His campaign is cheapening his greatest strength -- and making a mockery of his already dubious claim that he's reticent to talk about his P.O.W. experience -- by flashing the P.O.W. card to rebut any criticism, no matter how unrelated. The captivity is already amply displayed in posters and TV advertisements.

If you didn't get it yet, get it now. John McCain wants the presidency badly. He's now illustrated he'll do anything, say anything, stoop to any lengths to get it.

Democrats need to remember that this week and make sure that by Friday everyone has heard the case for why John McCain is not only the wrong person for the job, but dangerous to even consider. Because come the GOP convention he'll be wrapped in the flag like he's the second coming of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Just remember that Ike's granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower, is backing Obama.

Taylor Marsh is a political analyst, talk radio personality, and author. She'll be twittering the convention all week.