Looking for Astronauts

For a man who’s suffered through some of the things he’s endured, John McCain is in remarkably good health. And all the health care he’s ever received has been government-provided health care — either through his father the admiral, or then later as an active duty military man, and then even later as a veteran and a government employee. Under the circumstances, it’s a bit odd that he rails on the campaign trail against the evils of government-run health care. The Des Moines Register asked him about this and he freaked out:

You know that’s an interesting statement, isn’t it? And I have never been an astronaut, but I think I know the challenges of space. And I have never done a lot of things in my life that I think I am familiar with.

It reminds me of The National’s song:


On the merits, this is pretty non-response. The issue isn’t that there’s an unbridgeable phenomenological gap between McCain and normal people with private sector health insurance. The issue is that McCain’s critique of liberal health care plans — that it would result in some terrible government-run boondoggle — is belied by his own experience. To take McCain’s space analogy further, the issue isn’t that he’s talking about outer space without ever having been an astronaut, the issue is that he’s grumbling about the perils of living in a breathable atmosphere even though that’s what he’s been doing his whole life.

UPDATE: Here’s the video of McCain talking:

Weird stuff.