Profiles in putting country first: McCain misses FISA vote, Kennedy flies in from tumor tx for Medicare vote
Politicker quotes State Representative Josh Mandel as speaking on behalf of the Ohio Republican Party for John McCain in regard to a television ad from the AFL-CIO:
The AFL-CIO’s Ohio local is up with a television ad attacking John McCain’s Senate record, tying him to President Bush. The ad began airing yesterday.
State Rep. Josh Mandel (R-Lyndhurst), an Iraq war veteran, responded on behalf of the Ohio Republican Party yesterday in a statement.
“This ad continues the long line of smears and distortions coming from the Obama campaign and its partisan allies. It’s clear that Barack Obama’s call for a new kind of politics is nothing more than empty rhetoric from a typical politician. The Obama campaign represents politics as usual, but John McCain has always worked in a bipartisan fashion to put his country first,” Mandel said.
But if he is going to assert that McCain has always worked in a bipartisan fashion to put his country first, then perhaps Mandel can explain the part of McCain’s Senate record that includes his failure this week to vote on FISA – something Barack Obama did, much to the chagrin of many of his supporters.
Where was McCain when he should have been in the Senate with all his colleagues?
PS I have no trouble believing that Mandel knows about empty rhetoric.
PPS The New York Times demonstrates again just how gently the media manages its reporting on McCain:
Senator John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, was campaigning in Ohio and did not vote, though he has consistently supported the immunity plan.
Here, the implication is that McCain doesn’t really need to vote on the FISA bill given that “he has consistently supported the immunity plan.” Third Party candidate Ralph Nader’s campaign tried to get the McCain campaign to say more than that, but they refused.
Well, guess what? Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy is battling a brain tumor and flew to DC this week to vote on a Medicare bill that in the end didn’t even need his vote. Why did he fly there to vote? Because that’s what elected officials who say they put their country first actually do – they don’t rest on their past actions, no matter how laudatory.
Sigh. Thank you John McCain for another example of empty rhetoric courtesy of the ORP.