Chuck Hagel Defends Obama

I’ve made no secret of my begrudging though total support for John McCain. But the petty little man who lurks within all of us couldn’t help but chuckling (badum-CHING) as fellow maverick, lameduck Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel stuffed the shiv in after Senator McCain had the audacity to hope that his former backers in the media would let him take a long overdue and well deserved shot at Barack Obama.

It was on the subject of Senator Obama deciding that a well photographed shopping spree on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm was a better use of his time than visiting wounded US troops at the military hospital at Landstuhl, Germany, sans entourage. Apparently this was his response to the existential question of “if you visit wounded troops and there are no cameras present did you really visit them.”

From the Washington Post

In his most direct challenge yet of his Democratic presidential rival’s Iraq policy, Sen. John McCain suggested yesterday that Sen. Barack Obama had crafted a war strategy designed to further his own political advancement.

McCain also intimated that Obama skipped a visit of wounded U.S. troops in Germany last week because it would not generate sufficient publicity for his campaign, a charge that the Republican made the centerpiece of a new television ad.

Chuck Hagel, who made a career of waiting for the breeze to blow across a wetted finger but never realized that when said finger is inserted in one’s fourth point of contact there is never much of a breeze, chimed in:

“I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives and when we start to get into ‘You’re less patriotic than me. I’m more patriotic,’ ” Hagel said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I admire and respect John McCain very much. . . . John’s better than that.”

Never mind that Senator McCain never said that. It seems that if you question Obama’s judgment you are questioning his patriotism and you just can’t do that.

I really hope that Senator McCain, at some point, starts to appreciate those of us who are sticking with him despite and to likewise appreciate the duplicity of the people who have cheered him on when he was playing maverick.