Fred Thompson’s speech was a good one.

September 2nd, 2008

The money line?

Thompson recounted in brutal detail the torture that McCain endured during his 5 1/2 years in captivity.

“We hear a lot of talk about hope, viagra sales decease ” Thompson said. “John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on.”

You could argue that some of the shots at Obama were better, but this is the line that got to me.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rustmeister  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Palin/Thompson 2012!

  • 2. Debunked  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I thought McCain wasn’t tortured according to Bush/Cheney?

    Which is it? Was he or wasn’t he? I wish Republicans could figure it out and stick to a single stance.

  • 3. folkbum  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I am so glad that McCain is reluctant to politicize his time as a POW.

  • 4. elliot  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I think that’s beneath you, Jay.

    You’re talking about a man who fought for his country and was tortured nearly to death because of it.

    Being a POW doesn’t qualify a man for high office, but there’s no reason he should have to hide it, either. It’s a legitimate part of his story.

  • 5. folkbum  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Michael, your post above is about lies and mischaracterizations and whatnot. For my money, one of the biggest lies of the race so far is John McCain’s repeated insistence that he’s reluctant to talk about his time as a POW and that he doesn’t want to politicize it.

    Yet his being a POW is invoked every day by him or his campaign or his surrogates. It’s been used to magic-away everything from being unable to remember all his family’s houses to his slutting around on his first wife.

    Perhaps, if McCain’s people had not been using the “POW card” every chance they got, it would have meaning coming from Fred Thompson at the RNC. As it is, Thompson’s talk of sacrifice reads really, really phony.

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