The Campaign Spot

Throwing Attacks Against a Wall And Seeing What Sticks

A reader asks, based on this Los Angeles Times story, whether the Democrats will try to make John McCain’s tax-free disability pension an issue.

Right now it’s a media curiosity, much like the fact that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone when it was a U.S. territory. The New York Times article couldn’t actually find anyone willing to argue that McCain was ineligible for the presidency. Note today’s L.A. Times story doesn’t actually quote any Democrat arguing that McCain’s disability makes him medically unfit for office. The closest we get is:

“It is a legitimate question to ask about the commander in chief: Is he fit to serve,” said Robert Schriebman, a senior Pentagon tax advisor and tax attorney who recently retired as a judge advocate for a unit of the California National Guard.

If McCain can hike across the Grand Canyon, then why should he be getting disability payments from the government that are tax-exempt, Schriebman asked.

Because, as I understand it, he can’t put on a shirt by himself because he can’t raise his arms above his shoulders. (This is why when McCain greets a crowd he raises his arms out instead of up.) I’d be curious to see who would declare that condition not meeting the definition of “disabled.”
Basically, I don’t think the Democrats, even at their most deranged, would try to make an issue that ties to injuries McCain suffered in service of this country. It just reminds voters of what they probably admire most about him, rather than the point of the criticism.