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  •  This diary is kind of mean (2+ / 0-)
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    Magenta, FleetAdmiralJ

    What is your point, really?

    I'm sure he can do some water stuff.

    •  My point is he can't open his mouth without lying (3+ / 0-)
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      theran, stagemom, TidBits

      and "water stuff" isn't swimming.

    •  I don't think so at all. If McCain says he (2+ / 0-)
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      "swims" then that is different from doing pool exercises with a ball or water therapy.  It implies a level of fitness and vigor AND a degree of bodily mobility that supposedly, according to Karl Rove, McCain does not possess.  How do you think it would have sounded if McCain had responded "I do water therapy" or "I do exercises in the pool"?  It would have sounded like he was straight out of a Miami seniors facility.  Rove can't have it both ways.  He can't say that McCain can't lift his arms over his head from torture, and then script for his candidate responses that make McCain seem able to do that and more physically.

      •  My mom can't swim. (0+ / 0-)

        She grew up in the city in the '40s and early '50s and wasn't allowed near a swimming pool because her dad was terrified of polio. I don't consider her to be a liar when she says she's going swimming.

        This whole argument is petty. If McCain says he likes to swim, then he figures out some manner through which he propels himself through water. And he enjoys it.

        •  You're missing the point. The point is not that (0+ / 0-)

          McCain said "swimming."  The point is that Rove has crafted for him an image of an injured war hero who can't move his arms the way one needs to to be active like everyone else.  Anyone who interviews him and asks him how he stays fit, should be asking him a follow up question about how it is that his supposedly severely limiting war injury permits him to do fitness stuff.

          •  I don't see that at all. (0+ / 0-)

            An injured war hero who can't move his arms above his shoulders is not antithetical to someone who finds ways to stay fit. That's sort of insulting to all the many people with disabilities who do just that better than many of us who are without disability. I just don't see how picking on the man for staying fit despite any injuries is a winner in any way.

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