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Senator Jay Rockefeller: Idiot

By Wyatt Earp | April 8, 2008

You have to hand it to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D – WV); he must be really limber to put his foot so far into his mouth.

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign called on Barack Obama Tuesday to condemn a comment from one of his Senate supporters that the presumptive Republican nominee, a naval aviator during the Vietnam War, “was a fighter pilot who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit.”

“What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground?” Sen. Jay Rockefeller said in an interview published in Tuesday’s Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette. “He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”

You sir, are a jackass. And I’m fairly sure that we weren’t using laser guided bombs in 1967. The Paveway series was not used operationally until 1968 – one year after McCain was shot down.

The McCain campaign issued a statement from supporter Orson Swindle, who called Rockefeller’s remarks a “smear against John McCain’s character and military record” and called on Obama to denounce the “insult to all the men and women who are serving or have served in America’s military.”

Heh, heh, the guy’s name is “Swindle.”

“Had Senator Rockefeller served himself, he would appreciate and understand that most who have been to war emerge with a much deeper concern for humanity than they otherwise might,” said the former Marine lieutenant colonel. “If he knew what he was talking about, he would know that John McCain wasn’t dropping laser-guided missiles at 35,000 feet in 1967.”

Swindle was a prisoner of war in Vietnam with McCain. (H/TCNN)

John McCain and I do not agree on much, and I ripped him and his liberal policies on more than one occasion. Having said that, the one thing I would never criticize him on is his armed forces service record. The man served his country honorably, and spent five and a half years of his life being tortured by the North Vietnamese. And for that, I think Rockefeller comments are despicable.

Personally, I have no idea why more liberal Democrats are not supporting McCain. He has more experience than Clinton and Obama combined, and he reaches across the aisle more than any senator in recent American history.

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