People enjoy mentioning Sen. John McCain's military service (especially his time in the Hanoi Hilton) a lot, but electorally speaking, does it matter? If history is any indication, it doesn't. In the last four Presidential elections, a person who actively avoided serving in a war defeated a war veteran. Clinton (who dodged) beat Bush I (a WWII fighter pilot) and Dole (injured in WWII). Bush II (avoided Vietnam in the Air National Guard) beat Gore (sent to 'Nam as an army journalist) and Kerry (decorated 'Nam vet). Of course, neither Clinton nor Obama actively avoided military service - Clinton couldn't be drafted for obvious reasons, and Obama was 12 when the Vietnam draft ended.
From the end of World War II to the end of the Vietnam War, only one election (1964) was won by someone who was not a veteran of a foreign war. Since then, only one election (1988) was won by someone who was a foreign war vet. So I guess it would behoove McCain supporters to not concentrate on his military record. (And to Mac's credit, so far he has avoided doing so.)
Oh, speaking of military vets, a fond farewell to Rep. Tom Lantos, who passed on today at the age of 80. Lantos was a Hungarian Jew who fought as a partisan against the Nazis, escaped from concentration camps twice, came to America to study after the war, and never left. Lantos, when he announced that he was going to retire, thanked America for the opportunities he never would have had back home. America thanks you back, Mr. Lantos.