The Truman Show
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has a habit of including Sen. John McCain's middle initial, 'S' when she refers to the presidential candidate.
"And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain."
Could this be a not-so-subtle comparison to another presidential 'S'?
Harry S Truman's legacy has much in common with the Republican nominee. While he was a Democrat raised in the tradition of the Midwest party machine, he was also a combat veteran and his military experience played a large role in his campaign. Others like David Colburn in the Chicago Tribune, have pointed out further similarities.
"But like Truman, McCain does not hesitate to speak his mind. He has also been accused of being impatient and having a temper, much like Truman," Colburn wrote.
McCain's remarkable service is everywhere in this campaign, on both sides of the aisle - Sen. Barack Obama paid homage to him at the Democratic convention in Denver last week, and the RNC's 'Service' and 'Country First' signs leave little to the imagination.
To get a larger sense of how presidents' military experience influenced their campaigns, check out this clip from American Experience. Did it matter that Harry Truman was a combat veteran? Will McCain's experience in Vietnam make a difference in 2008?