Wasted Days and Wasted Lives (Veiled Subscription Pitch)


First we had Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) sticking his foot in his yap while announcing a White House bid. So here's Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) yakking it up on David Letterman last night. After announcing he's officially making a run at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the man who never met a surge he didn't salute says:

"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be," McCain said Wednesday on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman." "We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."

Leading to this rejoinder:

"Senator McCain should apologize immediately for his callous comments," said Karen Finney, a DNC spokeswoman. "How is it that John McCain now believes American lives are being wasted, yet he so stubbornly supports the president's plan to escalate the war in Iraq and put more American lives in harms way?"

More here.

McCain, btw, is the cover boy of the April Reason on newsstands everywhere. "Be Afraid of President McCain: The frightening mind of an authoritarian maverick," by Matt Welch, is a trenchant look at everybody's (well, in the press anyway) favorite "straight talker." Far from being an iconoclast or independent mind, argues Welch, "McCain is an authoritarian maverick" with "a rigid sense of citizenship and a skeptical attitude toward personal choice."

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