Describing the 34-year-old Mandel as a "decent kid", Arshinkoff took it to the next level by citing Mandel's courage thusly:
"It takes a set of balls to be Jewish and fight in the Iraq war."Huh? Right.
No one should dishonor military service. But how far can he take his stars and stripes in major league politics? Ask Jimmy Carter, a submarine officer, who was defeated by Ronald Reagan, who never left California during the war. Or Al Gore and John Kerry, both veterans who lost to a guy who dodged the draft. And was there a more celebrated military hero than John McCain? You know the rest.
If you want to talk about courage, how can a fellow like Mandel face the voters after pledging to serve out a full four-year term as Ohio treasurer only to change his mind shortly after his election to seek the senate seat held by Sen. Sherrod Brown. It really shouldn't surprise anyone since Mandel has been a habitual candidate for one job or another.
Arshinkoff says Mandel has a "great future". National ticket in 2016? Don't be surprised. Fair warning.