I hate to say this but I think John McCain may be losing it. I read on Caffeinated Politics about McCain's really dumb fumbling with regard to his position on HIV/AIDS prevention and condoms. NYT TheCaucus blog
Then I went to Daily Kos and read some of the comments on McCain and his inability to articulate (remember!) his position on HIV prevention.
A few people wondered if McCain is getting old? I guess that's valid but I'm getting old and I know where I stand on abstinence (doesn't work) and condoms (give them out to kids in high school.) My memory isn't as good as it was when I was young but, come on, I don't forget IMPORTANT things, like, my name, address, phone number.
Another few wondered, and this is serious, if maybe what he suffered in Vietnam is beginning to have an effect.
Maybe, and I'm cutting him some slack, he was taken aback by the question. Maybe he hasn't been asked the question in a long time...and he just doesn't know where he's stood in the past. Oh now that's bad...
The comments on Kos point out that McCain has done a lot of pandering in the past on this issue and so now he has no idea where he's at. Tch, tch Mr. McCain.
Here's something McCain said a few years ago quoted from Daily Kos comments:
The ethical implications of not doing everything in our power to slow the spread of this disease are severe. The most basic morality requires that we commit ourselves to combating HIV/AIDS everywhere
Here's what his South Carolina campaign manager, Trey Walker, said about McCain's stance in February 2007:
"Senator McCain has a long legislative record of supporting abstinence-based initiatives in his record in the U.S. Senate. He thinks that abstinence is healthier and should be promoted in our society for young people."
Of course that's unfortunate...more pandering now to right-wing conservatives...
And all this on McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus trip in the Midwest. It's a real shame.