This February at CPAC I had a chance to hear Michelle Malkin speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation. Malkin criticized a number of recent statements by the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. I found myself in agreement with Michelle on every point.
Since February I have listened to Sean Hannity perhaps dozens of times on the Fox News show Hannity and Colmes. Sean has on several occasions enumerated points of disagreement between himself and John McCain. On each and every point I have found myself in agreement with Hannity, not McCain.
Since CPAC I have also had a chance to hear Ann Coulter enumerate her disagreements with Senator McCain. On each point of disagreement I side with Ann over the Republican from Arizona. But during one interview with Neil Cavuto she went beyond her usual hair tossing and eye rolling into a state of near-hysteria.
I wasn’t the only one who noticed that Ann was unusually angry. Neil noticed it, too. And he asked her why she was so angry. She responded by accusing McCain of lying on a regular basis. Neil then asked her why she had a more favorable opinion of Romney who has been accused of lying about his positions on abortion and gay rights. Coulter quipped that he had to lie in order to get elected in Massachusetts, adding that trying to get elected there was like trying to get elected in North Korea.
Strange as those comments were they were tame in comparison to Ann’s next assertion; namely, that John McCain “has no honor.” At the very moment Ann made her remark, I was reading McCain’s family memoir, Faith of my Fathers. In fact, I was reading the part about McCain’s transfer to solitary confinement. I was touched by his statement that he “prayed more often and more fervently than (he) ever had as a free man.” I wondered what freedoms Ann was exercising as a little girl while McCain was being tortured in a Vietnamese prison.
No other part of McCain’s account of prison life touched me like his reflections upon the humane treatment he received from one particular prison guard. The man pitied McCain after he was left overnight in a prison interrogation cell for his refusal to cooperate. Ropes were tied tightly around his broken arms causing him a great deal of physical pain. But without explanation the guard would enter the cell and loosen the ropes to relieve the future Senator’s pain. Then, at the end of his shift, he would retighten the ropes to avoid detection.