Patriotism and sacrifice for one’s country usually make for reliable go-to topics for politicians, but according to Talking Points Memo, John McCain’s detractors and admirers alike are starting to suggest that the Republican presidential hopeful and his campaign honchos dial it down a bit on the subject of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.


Talking Points Memo:

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, for instance, says that the McCain camp is in danger of “trivializing” McCain’s sacrifice.

“I think they are going to it way too many times,” Fineman told MSNBC, adding that “you can’t help but have admiration and respect for the guy” but that “it’s become a crutch in the campaign.”

“I think he is in danger of trivializing it,” Fineman continued. “By the time they get to the convention in St. Paul, there might not be much of it left to use.”

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