06/11/2008 11:55 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

This is Not a Gaffe -- This is a Pattern

This is not a gaffe. This is a pattern. John McCain saying that he is "not too concerned" when troops come home is part of a clear pattern of statements and actions by McCain that should cause real concern. He is developing quite the list:

1. Nitpicking -- Randy Scheunemann statement defending McCain's confusion over the level of US forces -- he was off by tens of thousands -- as being "so miniscule, I'm not sure it even rises to the level of nitpicking."
2. GI Bill -- McCain was unwilling to vote for the GI Bill - in fact he didn't even show up for the vote.
3. Academic Argument -- McCain said we'll look back on Iraq as an "academic argument."
4. 100 years -- McCain said that he wasn't concerned if U.S. troops were to stay in Iraq for 100 years or 1000, or 10,000 years.

If a progressive politician were to say what John McCain has said, the right and the mainstream media would be up in arms. Will he get a pass again?