This is more like the Republican rhetoric I'm used to! I'm sure McCain is doing this just to make us Democrats feel at home! Being called a traitor just makes me nostalgic for the days when I was being right about the upcoming Iraq War, and when all the chest-thumping patriots were being so very, so stupidly wrong.
The new accusation was unveiled on a McCain campaign conference call [this morning], with top McCain surrogates making this charge in tandem.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said that a “turning point” was when Harry Reid declared the war “lost” over a year ago, and brought up an old quote from Chuck Schumer predicting that discontent with the war would lead to further Democratic gains. “The Democratic Party built a political strategy around us losing the war in Iraq,” Graham said.
McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann joined in: “Senator Obama seems to think losing a war will help him win an election.”
It might not be the actual word "treason," but the intent is clear. So much for the civil and respectful campaign.
Of course, it's doubly ironic that the Republicans are saying the Democrats want to see US Troops killed and lose on the battlefield. It was the Republicans, after all, that demanded we go to war with a country that posed no threat to us, delivering that country into the waiting arms of the Iranians, and getting hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed in the process. Then there is the little matter of the 4000+ US dead. These military men and women deserved better than to be used so cynically.
One might say that "Senator McCain seems to think having US citizens killed by terrorists in America will help him win an election." Fair, huh?