First, they made fun of the teeth that replaced the ones that got knocked out when Sen. John McCain was a POW (and local bloggers parroted the post and the snark, incidentally). Then they questioned (h/t) his military pension, because, well, he only got tortured–he didn’t really suffer a permanent disability–and he’s rich, too. But, then again, we also have a local columnist, Bob Kerr, using a WWII vet as cover to question whether or not Senator John McCain actually did suffer a long term disability: psychological damage in the form of post traumatic stress syndrome.
Kerr’s piece contains the story of a local WWII vet who “worries” that his own experience with PTSD is projectable onto Senator McCain. It’s a bit of conjecture attempting to equate the experience of one particular individual with that of another in an attempt to call into question the mental stability of a Presidential candidate. I’m sure that the fact that Kerr is going to vote against Senator McCain (no one doubts that, right?) isn’t a factor at all. But Kerr tries to get cute at the end:
Perhaps there is no need for worry. Perhaps John McCain made a clean break with his prison experience and suffers no lingering effects. But the question is a legitimate one that will eventually have to be dealt with.
Gee, isn’t that clever. So the presumption Kerr is operating under (“Perhaps…”) is that McCain is kooky because of his experience in Vietnam and it’s up to the good Senator to prove otherwise. Dress it up however you like, Mr.Kerr, it’s still a low blow. You can disagree with McCain’s politics (much of which I do, incidentally) without calling his psychological stability into question. Nothing in his political past has indicated that PTSD is a factor. Kerr tried to play it cute, but only succeeded in classing himself alongside the characters who made fun of Senator McCain’s teeth and think his military pension should be means-tested, or something. Hope he enjoys the company.