Posted by: Randy Allgaier | September 14, 2008

Lies, Lies and More Lies- The McCain Campaign


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.

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Responses

  1. here are some more lines:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1221343324-tGxa66AkDRYq1tsNYpjoIw&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

  2. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of people really don’t pay attention.

    I think it’s more of a case of people believing what they want to believe. If it’s not true, they’ll find some way to make it seem true to them, and to help them win arguments.

    But that strategy still doesn’t make it so.

  3. I have respected Sen. McCain for a long time, even up until about halfway through the primary season. Since then, he has either become or simply shown himself to be as wretched a political reprobate as anyone in Washington.

    In 2004, he was defending John Kerry from the Swift Boat Vets because he had some integrity and showed some courage. Now, he’s silent while books like “Obamanation” are vomited into bookstores.

    In other words, I agree with you …

  4. I think at one time most people had some level of respect for McCain and how he carried himself. Unfortunately he seems to have abandoned all his principles.

    My fear is that Americans are stupid enough to believe the lies McCain is telling.

  5. Despite perceptions that Sen. John McCain has spent more time on the attack, Sen. Barack Obama aired more negative advertising last week than did the Arizona Republican, says a study released yesterday.

    Seventy-seven percent of the Illinois Democrat’s commercials were negative during the week after the Republican National Convention, compared with 56 percent of the spots run by McCain.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/17/AR2008091703581.html

    “If we’re going to ask questions about, you know, who has been promulgating negative ads that are completely unrelated to the issues at hand, I think I win that contest pretty handily,” Obama said.

  6. Well- that’s just one week. They’ve been running against each other since June when Obama became the presumtive nominee- so let’s look at the whole picture. Maybe these ads are negative- but at least they aren’t blatant lies- like McCain’s ad about the sex education bill in Illinois. But McCain and Palin seem to lie with ease—- Now he is a regulator? Palin said “thanks but no thanks to the bridge to nowehere?” Negative is one thing, lies are another.


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