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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Prickly McCain Refuses To Define "Honor" In Interview

John McCain gave an odd interview to Time magazine in which he got testy and irritable when asked to define the word "honor"...

There's a theme that recurs in your books and your speeches, both about putting country first but also about honor. I wonder if you could define honor for us?

Read it in my books.

I've read your books.

No, I'm not going to define it.

But honor in politics?

I defined it in five books. Read my books.

This is pretty interesting, because in many ways the word "honor" is central to McCain's political persona and his campaign's efforts to draw a contrast with Obama.

McCain has repeatedly said that our goal in Iraq is for the troops to return with "honor." The McCain campaign's main premise has been to suggest that his motives are honorable while his opponent's are suspect. He's repeatedly promised an honorable campaign, too -- even as his campaign regularly accuses Obama of treason.

So asking McCain to define "honor" seems like a fair question.

Shorter McCain: Who the heck are you to ask me to define the platitudes that my entire campaign is built on?

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