McCain flew 23 combat missions over Vietnam. The average Air Force pilot flew about 100. Many naval pilots flew over 300.
McCains service was certainly honorable and commendable but I question his hero status unless you consider everyone who put their lives on the line in Nam to be war heroes.
McCain got into and through the Naval Academy and flight school because he had a father and grandfather were four star admirals. He lost a total of 5 planes, at least 3 of which were probably his own fault.
Put that together with his place at the bottom of his class at the USNA , his superstitiousness and his temper and I do not see McCain as the person that I would like to see in the Presidency.
John Mccain is anther version of GW Bush.
Both men had very smart, multitalented successful fathers and grandfathers. Both men got into and through prestigious universities as legacies. Both men had advantages that many would kill for.
George W. Bush’ talent has been to lose gracefully with style and aplomb. At Yale he was the go-to guy to hang out with for his more cerebral classmates when they wanted to rest heir intellectual neurons. He was a drifter with a drinking problem until he was 40. He failed gracefully in a succession of businesses until the Neocons propped him up as their front and got him into the largely ceremonial post of Texas Governor.
McCains nickname in high school was “McNasty”. His belligerance gave him the image as a warrior and served him well in the Navy and in Congress.Belligerant people who can make “nice-nice” can do well. McCain’s father was an admiral and his mother was a wealthy oil heiress. She was known as the “Auntie Mame of the Navy”.
Neither GW Bush nor McCain is stupid but neither of them is very cerebral.. McCain was more energetic than Bush and a credible jock in his younger days. McCain’ s bluster and Bush’s likeable cheerleader image are their main stocks in trade respectively.
Both of them were born on third base but strut around as if they had hit triples.