How is it that the McCain campaign gets away with such egregious lies? Are they that cynical? Do they think that the American people are that stupid? Are we a nation that is that uninformed? Do they think we don’t pay attention? After all Rick Davis, the McCain campaign manager, did say that this was an election about personality not about issues. So- I guess you can lie in a personality contest. But haven’t we had ENOUGH of liars in the White House? Senator McCain and Governor Palin lie with such facility one might think that they are both sociopaths with no conscience.
John McCain lied on national television about something that no one disputes in the public record. He was challenged by the only serious journalists on television right now – the hosts of “The View” – about the large number of pork barrel earmarks Sarah Palin sought and secured as governor of Alaska, including the “Bridge To Nowhere” that Palin and McCain lied about and are still lying about in public. Here was his clear and irrefutable statement:
Palin’s comments came after McCain sat for a feisty grilling on ABC’s “The View,” where he claimed erroneously that his running mate hadn’t sought money for such pet projects. “Not as governor she didn’t,” McCain said, ignoring the record.
It has now been a day since McCain lied this explicitly in public. And he hasn’t yet retracted his lie. Why not? Because if he has to retract this lie, he will have to retract his multiple other lies? While the media demands that Obama respond to things he never said and never meant, McCain is not even asked to retract a bald-faced, massive, obvious, refutable lie.
In the last month, McCain has become the biggest liar in the modern history of presidential politics. Andrew Sullivan of “The Atlantic” dryly observed “He makes Bill Clinton look like George Washington.”
Once upon a time the Republican party stood for something — they even had a liberal wing. Remember Jacob Javitz, Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney? Yes Mitt’s dad was a liberal Republican. They believed in fiscal conservency and minimal intrusion into our personal lives. While I am a liberal democrat, I can admire someone who actually has a position thaty he / she holds with conviction even if I disagree with it. But I, nor any of us, should sit idly by when a presidential candidate and a vice presidential candidate have no agenda other than to get elected- by ANY means possible.
Senator McCain and Governor Palin are diminishing this great nation and insulting our democracy and our intelligence.