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Sunday, January 31, 2010

New York Times Columnist Questions McCain's Patriotism

A columnist for the increasingly irrelevant New York Times, Frank Rich has a column this weekend where he questions Senator John McCain's patriotism. I've had my disagreement with McCain's positions on issues and his pandering to the media, but there is no doubt of his love of this country.
John McCain epitomizes the unpatriotic opposition. On Wednesday night he could be seen sneering when Obama pointed out that most of the debt vilified by Republicans happened on the watch of a Republican president and Congress that never paid for “two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program.”
Is failing to smile when President Obama criticizes your political party the new definition of patriotism? Does Rich even remember the Bush years when anytime the administration or their supporters complained about the actions/statements of the opposition they were accused of the unpardonable sin of "questioning their patriotism?" No, instead we heard endlessly that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." In fact, Byron York or the Washington Examiner found some rather telling quotes from past columns by Frank Rich where he looked at political dissent quite differently solely because of which party was being criticized.

If the New York Times had any decency left they would can this partisan hack tomorrow. However, they have no journalistic standards and since Rich toes the NYT party line he won't even be called onto his bosses carpet.

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Blogger Republican said...

John McCain is the epitome of a Patriotic American! If fighting against massive government spending, fighting against a massive health care reform and most importantly fighting to protect our Country (the ultimate expression of love for the USA) makes him unpatriotic, the definition needs to be changed!

February 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Blogger Jordan said...

Senator McCain has sacrificed more for this country than President Obama and 98% of those in Congress. McCain is a true patriot, who has fought for our freedom.

February 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Blogger Ben said...

Pretty soon we wont be exposed to stuff like this when the NYT goes behind a pay wall.

February 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM


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