Friday, November 14, 2008

BuzzFlash's GOP Hypocrite Of The Week

Hey, it's Friday, which means it's time to check out BuzzFlash's "GOP Hypocrite Of The Week." As always, it's a grueling process to narrow the selection to just one Republican hypocrite, and this week BuzzFlash went with a guy named John McCain. And it's not for an entire presidential campaign filled with hypocrisy as you might reasonably expect.

BuzzFlash's choice is based on far more recent evidence in the form of the Arizona Senator going to Georgia to campaign for Saxby Chambliss -- who McCain pretty much called on being a scumbag for smearing Max Cleland in 2002 -- and against a fellow Vietnam Veteran in Democrat Jim Martin.

An excerpt:
But in order to tell this story, we have to go back to the tale of how Chambliss got his Senate seat in the first place. In 2002, Chambliss painted incumbent Sen. Max Cleland, a Vietnam veteran who'd lost three limbs in the war, as being too cowardly to face a post-9/11 world. Chambliss' campaign ad showed Osama bin Laden's face melting into an image of Cleland.

At the time, the ads were denounced by many, even some Republicans. McCain said this in response to the ad:

"Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to a picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield -- it's worse than disgraceful, it's reprehensible."

During Vietnam, Chambliss received five student deferments and one medical deferment (bad knees, apparently), entirely avoiding service. Yet he can often be seen stumping in military gear and on bases around his home state. Chambliss didn't have a record of his own to stand on, so apparently he felt he had to stomp all over Cleland's.

Still, McCain, the nation's favorite POW, has been able to forgive Chambliss for his disgrace. Well, maybe Chambliss has had a big turnaround since then. Let's look at his voting record.
You can read the rest at and see a historical list of BuzzFlash's other worthy selections.