Maureen Dowd criticizes the McCain campaign for playing the POW card a little too much lately. 'His campaign is cheapening his greatest strength - and making a mockery of his already dubious claim that he's reticent to talk about his P.O.W. experience - by flashing the P.O.W. card to rebut any criticism, no matter how unrelated. The captivity is already amply displayed in posters and TV advertisements."
"The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, the pastor who married Jenna Bush and who is part of a new Christian-based political action committee supporting Obama, recently criticized the joke McCain made at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally encouraging Cindy to enter the topless Miss Buffalo Chip contest. The McCain spokesman Brian Rogers brought out the bottomless excuse, responding with asperity that McCain's character had been 'tested and forged in ways few can fathom.'"
"When the Obama crowd was miffed to learn that McCain was in a motorcade rather than in a 'cone of silence' while Obama was being questioned by Rick Warren, Nicolle Wallace of the McCain camp retorted, 'The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous.'"
"When Obama chaffed McCain for forgetting how many houses he owns, Rogers huffed, 'This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years - in prison.'"