Thursday, August 28, 2008

When you are not behaving honorably

Having to define honor can piss you off...

So I'll help McCain in case he's forgotten: (my bold)
1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's family.
3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.
4. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead.
5. high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor.
6. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.: to have the honor of serving on a prize jury; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker.
7. Usually, honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank, dignity, or distinction: political honors; military honors.
So... is going back on your word honorable? Going to dirty politics when you said you wouldn't? Changing your mind on your core beliefs so often no one quite knows where you stand?

Are you going to bring up your prisoner of war status repeatedly as a definition of your honor because it gives you cover for what you are now?

Is that an honorable thing to do, Senator McCain?

Update: I guess this is the answer:


mapaghimagsik said...

What a great question for the debates. Fluffy, and yet something that clearly annoys Father McGrumpy.

ellroon said...

Lol! ... Father McGrumpy. I like it!

Steve Bates said...

What I find most offensive about that commercial is that it was not published by the McCain campaign but (probably) by a 527 corporation. I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it, such commercials are legally restricted to issue ads: i.e., while they can emphasize issues associated with a candidate, they cannot legally endorse or oppose a candidate. This does both, explicitly, by name. Like much of what the GOP does, running this commercial is probably against the law.

Still, I don't think it will help McCain at all. I've read that people are getting tired of what Biden referred to as McCain's only sentence construction, "a noun, a verb and 'POW'." Let them spend their money to emphasize McCain's multiple McMansions.

ellroon said...

The traction it gives him is losing power quickly. Besides misusing the POW status to explain away his vast wealth, it can also go negative and remind people that McCain was damaged by his ordeal, both physically and mentally. His physical scars are clearly observed, but people may begin to wonder about his mental state.