Wesley Clark, auditioning for the role of Dick Cheney in an Obama administration, stated:
[McCain] hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn't a wartime squadron. He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall...
SCHIEFFER: Can I just interrupt you? I have to say, Barack Obama hasn't had any of these experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down.
CLARK: I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.
As opposed to serving as a failed "community organizer"?
Clark's pathetic attack can't be called swiftboating since it has no basis in fact.
So I call it "mythboating".
Picking up the meme, hard left socialists like the ill-named AmericaBlog are asking the critical, salient questions on policy. Like:
Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?
It's not "nice" to ask the question, but it's actually a pretty good question. Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won't let you forget). A lot of people don't know, however, that McCain made a propaganda tape for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain's military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief? It's not like McCain rose to the level of general or something. He's a vet. We get it. But simply being a vet, as laudable as it is, doesn't really tell you much about someone's qualifications for being commander in chief...
Shhh... please ignore the fact that this very same rocket scientist fervently believed John Kerry's four months in 'Nam qualified him for CINC.
But this can't possibly be an organized mythboating by Obama's campaign: only seven prominent Democrats have attacked McCain's war record.
And Clark is a member of Obama's senior advisory staff. But that must be a coincidence.