I was heartened when George Stephanopoulos--for all the heat he has taken over the ABC debate--asked John McCain a question on This Week this past Sunday that I have been waiting to hear the media ask the "straight-talker" for a long time now. To paraphrase, Stephanopoulos wondered why if government health care has been good enough for McCain to receive his entire life, it is not good enough for the rest of us?
That's right, John McCain, the son of an Admiral, has had his healthcare taken care of by the government for the last seven decades at taxpayer expense. Yet, when asked this question, he was only able to muster a lame joke in response recounting the years he was being taken care of in a different country (where else but the Hanoi Hilton--which McCain wields like Giuliani did 9/11). In fact, McCain doesn't even feel compelled to explain why he voted against the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), so that countless children would lose the very government health care on which he has relied upon long enough that diapers have become bookends.
This wasn't the first time I heard this question. It was brought up to me when I was speaking to a real straight-talking vet, Paul Hackett, for my book The Real McCain. But it was the first time the media brought it up, that I am aware of. And it shouldn't be the last.
As for the rest of us, just remember this the next time McCain throws out some bogus charge about elitism at any Democrat, while lounging at one of his wife's 8 homes. Or goes on a Barneys bender.
Cliff Schecter is the author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him And Why Independent's Shouldn't. It is only $10, and for that low-low price you can help defeat McCain and keep Cliff's kid in diapers--a pretty good deal for all.