On NBC's extended Meet the Press presidential debate on Sunday, Boston News Channel 7 political editor Andy Hiller strongly hinted to Gov. Rick Perry that he should be civil and agree that Barack Obama is a patriot in line with the Founding Fathers, citing a line from Sen. John McCain in The Washington Post. Hiller did not explain the occasion for McCain's overt Obama flattery -- the Gabby Giffords shooting -- and utterly omitted McCain's very next line, about rejecting similar attacks on conservative Obama critics.
Hiller asked Perry: "Your party's last nominee, John McCain, wrote in The Washington Post in an op-ed about a year ago, his words, 'I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.' Agree?"