What is McCain hiding in his medical records?

UPDATE: I just read that there are 1,173 pages of documents. In the three hours alloted, that’s a whopping 10 seconds a page the reporters can spend. Yes, for three straight hours, imagine flipping a page every ten seconds, non-stop. Assuming they’re taking notes, and they are, the time would double, conservatively, so they’d have 5 seconds a page. Yeah, real full disclosure.

Joe reported yesterday on McCain’s rather bizarre contortion regarding “release” of his medical records. He’s not “releasing” them at all. Like some kind of supermarket game show where you get 5 minutes to stuff as many groceries in your basket before the time runs out, McCain is giving a select group of reporters only 3 hours to peruse through what are probably hundreds if not thousands of pages of documents, then when the buzzer rings, it’s over, no more documents. What does McCain think this is, some kind of game? We deserve to the know if the man is going to survive in office. And playing this cute “3 hours, go!” game with his medical records, just makes it all the more suspicious. What is he hiding? More from the NYT:

On Friday, the campaign will allow a small pool of reporters access to the records from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific time in a conference room at the Copper Wind Resort in Phoenix, near the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. The reporters will be allowed to take notes but not remove or photocopy the records. Campaign officials said they were imposing the restrictions to prevent the actual records from wide dissemination.

You know what? Too freaking bad if John McCain doesn’t want his medical records widely disseminated. He’s going to be 72 years old, he recently had cancer, he doesn’t look all that well, and he wants us to hand him the keys to the country for the next four years. Well, I’d like to know he’s going to survive four years of the hardest job in America, if not the world. If McCain doesn’t want to release his records, then he go find another job. If he wants to be president of the United States of America during war time, then we should have access to all of his records, for as long as we wish. Who the hell does he think he is? It’s Bush and Cheney all again. The arrogance is astonishing.


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