Admiral James Stockdale, Navy pilot, POW, and Perot VP candidate, dies

His shoulders were wrenched from their sockets, his leg had been shattered by enraged torturers, his back was broken, his face smashed in, and he was put in solitary confinement for four years… but enough about the pending Democrat treatment of Bush’s Supreme Court nominee.

Admiral James Stockdale, best remembered as Ross Perot’s VP candidate, has died of Alzheimers disease. Stockdale was a war hero, POW in Vietnam for years, and a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford before becoming what he’s perhaps best known for–as Ross Perot’s running mate in ’92.

Many of us remember fondly the debate where Stockdale, clearly uncomfortable, stumbled into the memories of Americans when he opened up by saying, “Who am I, and why am I here?”

Stockdale was picked on by the left and right, but he was perhaps the most “real” person we’ve ever seen in a high-level American political debate.

Admiral Stockdale sent a message to Americans that day. A message that read, “This is what happens when an honest person gets involved in politics.”

It’ll never happen again.

Rest in peace, Admiral!

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