Now this is the kind of in-your-face rhetoric the Straight Talk Express needs more of:
John McCain directed his trademark straight talk toward a former president, flatly calling Jimmy Carter a "lousy" commander in chief.Of course the loons will argue that Carter's presidency is irrelevant now because it was 30 years ago, but McCain would be wise to stay on the Obama=Carter wagon if only because there are too many American voters today who somehow managed to live through the awful reign that was the Carter presidency. These same folks probably happen to stay on top of their current events so they're well aware too Carter didn't just quietly retire to his peanut farm after he got whupped by Ronald Reagan in 1980, indeed he's still out and about pushing his "terrorists are our friends", pacifist agenda while wrecking havoc on President Bush's foreign policy. So if you're an anti-war, Democratic nominee for President who hasn't visited Iraq since 2006, much less has little to no experience on foreign policy, the last person you want to be compared to is the guy who opened the door for our modern-day war on terror.
The Arizona senator has long attempted to portray Barack Obama's policies as in the mold of Carter's, though the Republican has previously held back criticizing Carter so directly.
But in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun published Friday, McCain was decidedly more blunt than he has been in the past. McCain, who is a proponent of nuclear reprocessing, was asked why he thought Carter was against the process when he was president.
"Yes, because Carter was a lousy president," McCain quipped. "This is the same guy who kissed Brezhnev."
McCain's comments are in reference to the now famous moment when Carter and then Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev kissed after signing the SALT II treaty in 1979. Both the agreement and the kiss were widely panned by Republicans.