Jeralyn at Talk Left thinks Wesley Clark may be Obama’s pick as running mate.
The Vice Presidential candidate speaks at the Democratic Convention on Wednesday night. The theme that night is “Securing America’s Future.”
Could Gen. Wesley Clark be back in the ballgame? His organization is Securing America’s Future, the same name as the night’s theme. More on that here.
I like it because, although the media tisk tisked him about his comments on McCain’s military record, he had the balls to question it. I like it because it would mean Obama is willing to take McCain’s status as military leader head on. Obama would be picking a fight by choosing Clark as his running mate. That’s what he needs to do. Pick a god damn fight with the GOP. Be the aggressor.
The GOP and MSM will come after both of them, and that’s a good thing, because Democrats hit on a theme with Clark vs. McCain, and it’s an ugly theme that Karl Rove and Bush used against McCain in 2000, a theme that has shadowed McCain ever since, a theme he’s been trying to shake ever since – the fact that McCain was shot down and spent six years as a prisoner of war may make him a hero, but it doesn’t make him a military expert. It simply makes him an expert at being “shot down” and a “prisoner of war”.
If McCain were a Democrat, and a lot of GOP’s think he basically is, he would be attacked on his “prisoner of war” status. And he was in 2000. In 2000, McCain was the Manchurian candidate. The fact that he spent six years in a Vietnam prison wasn’t a good thing, it was a bad thing, because God only knows what those people did to John when he was in enemy hands for so long.
On Face The Nation, Clark got into it with Bob Schieffer. Schieffer scolded Clark for questioning McCain’s military chops.
Bob Schieffer: Well you, you went so far as to say that you thought John McCain was, quote, and these are your words, “untested and untried,” And I must say I, I had to read that twice, because you’re talking about somebody who was a prisoner of war…
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: …I certainly honor his service as a prisoner of war. He was a hero to me and to hundreds of thousands and millions of others in Armed Forces as a prisoner of war.
Bob Schieffer: I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean-
GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be President.
Schieffer is from “The Greatest Generation” and came to McCain’s defense, but all he did was start hitting on that theme that Rove and Bush battered McCain with back in 2000. Yes McCain fought in Vietnam. Yes McCain flew fighter jets. BUT. He was SHOT DOWN. And was a PRISONER OF WAR.
Then again, the pick could be John Kerry. It would be a harmless pick that wouldn’t do anything for or against Obama’s campaign.