By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
March 6, 2008
Encyclopedias define “cinderella” as one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.
Mr. McCain went to the United States Naval Academy and served as a naval aviator — but he was widely known for his rebel ways. He was almost killed flying jets even before he went to Vietnam.
While flying combat missions from an aircraft carrier, McCain was shot down over Hanoi. He landed in the water where his communist foes fished him out and beat him. They took him to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”
He was now a Prisoner of War (POW) with severe injuries.
It is difficult to imagine a more unlikely fantasy that a Prisoner of War – tortured, alone, largely forgotten by the bulk of his countrymen, and lost in an un popular war – returning years later to win his party’s nomination for President of the United States.
In a broadcast from North Vietnam, October 27, Radio Hanoi reported that an American pilot identified as Lieutenant Commander John Sydney McCain, U.S.N., was rescued from Truc Bac Lake near Hanoi, October 26, after parachuting from his crippled aircraft, which had been hit by North Vietnamese ground fire. The broadcast said that McCain had been pulled from the water by North Vietnamese soldiers, treated for injuries and jailed. This photo shows McCain in the water.
Add to that the fact that last summer Senator McCain’s campaign for the nation’s highest office was on its knees financially and morale in his inept staff was so low that the Senator had to entirely retool his campaign.
Rush Limbaugh hated Senator McCain and told the greater world so. And the Governor of Arkansas attacked him from the right.
Even the Democrats said they’d rather run against Senator McCain than Mitt Romney or the others.
If that is not enough, many Republican Party stalwarts, seeing Senator McCain dealing with and sponsoring bills with the likes of hated liberal Senators Kennedy and Feingold, claimed they’d rather vote Democrat or not at all.
And his wife had a well know drug addiction – now healed.
Finally (though there are more reasons Senator McCain is a cinderella), conservatives said McCain was flat wrong on immigration.
Yesterday, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, endorsed the McCain run for the presidency – meeting candidate McCain at the ceremonial entrance to the White House normally reserved for, well, presidents and heads of state.
Don’t count John McCain out.
A Vietnamese veteran of the war in Southeast Asia said to me, “He’s lucky to be alive. But what he has done since the end of his POW days is pure McCain.”