McCain's "POW Card"
As Fred Thompson said in his speech at the Republican convention, "Now, being a POW certainly doesn't qualify anyone to be president, but it does reveal character."
That's exactly right. If John McCain were a liberal - advocating higher taxes, undue government regulation, and the imposition of laws via judicial fiat rather than through the means established by the Constitution - then I wouldn't be supporting him for President, no matter how many days he had spent in North Vietnam or how harsh his treatment there was. If McCain were a liberal, I'd acknowledge him as a man of proven character, but not as one with the proven judgment to be President.