Speaking of Gore Vidal, Emanuele, he is interviewed in today’s New York Times Magazine. According to him, we are all being duped by McCain–not on policy, but on the presidential candidate’s own history:
And what about Mr. McCain? Disaster. Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?
Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. That’s what he tells us.
Does anyone else find this completely insane? There are arguments for and against McCain’s policy platform, his Senate record, and his political vision for America. But calling his long imprisonment (which was extensively documented by both his captors and the international news media) false is absurd. Deborah Solomon, the interviewer, fawningly names Vidal “one of America’s last public intellectuals.” I guess that means he has the profound intellect necessary to figure out that McCain not only faked his captivity, but broke both his arms and his knee himself–all for some nebulous future political gain.