Okay, so if Obama and the Democrats can be accused of playing the so-called "race card" every time we point out that the Obama campaign is subject to a lot of racial prejudice, why can't Democrats point out that McCain plays the POW card? Every time someone brings up a point that McCain doesn't want to answer, he says, in effect, "hey, that doesn't matter, because I was a POW."
Questions about the economy, his answe is that "I was a POW."
Questions about his fidelity to his first wife, his answer is that "I was a POW."
Questions about his support of Bush in the Senate, his answer is that "I was a POW."
Questions about his owning 7, or 8, or 11, or whatever number and how that reflects on his ability to understand the problems of ordinary Americans, his answer is that "I was a POW."
An example of this was seen in an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station on whether he is out of touch with the economic problems of working families:
McCain: Well you know I have town hall meetings all the time, everywhere across this country, and I hear from people....
And in all due respect my friends, I know what it's like to not have a house, I know what it's like not to have a kitchen table. I know what it's like not to have a table or a chair. For five and a half years, I sat in a cell with nothing but concrete floor and three boards to sleep on.
The question is not why McCain does it, that answer is obvious. He does it because as Talking Points Memo points out, he doesn't want this election to be about policies, he wants it to be about character. Not just character, but character as defined by McCain.
The real question is why the media lets him get away with this stuff. When is some journalist going to stand up and ask him just what in the hell being a POW has to do with the economy and his policies?