BREAKING NEWS: John McCain makes a true statement
This just in.
Reports are still coming in … it’s a bit confusing, but … yes … we are now being told about some incredible news … yes, I’m finding out just now: John McCain has said something that is true.
Regarding hurricane Ike, Senator McCain said:
The scope of the destruction is not yet clear, but yesterday I was briefed by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Texas Governor Rick Perry about the status of their response operation.
That’s a true statement … scope is not yet clear and he was briefed. This statement is in fact not a lie.
This incredible news comes at the perfect time … the McCain/Palin supporters were getting a little worried about the two-week lying binge they’ve been on (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).
Seriously … if I were an undecided voter (that’s who they are trying to persuade at this point) I would be offended. Do they think people are that stupid?
Wasn’t John McCain about honor, integrity, and straight-talkin’? It’s actually quite sickening to watch. And they keep doing it even as the media (finally) catches on. It will backfire … the independents and undecided voters I know are fiercely against partisan sleaze shenanigans. Aren’t they running on reform now? You know, ending the “politics as usual”? (pssst … their campaign is run by lobbyists).
Some Obama supporters want him to hit back just as hard. It’s fine to hit back hard, but do it with the truth. And the truth now is that John McCain and Sarah Palin are blatant liars who will do anything to win.
UPDATE: Obama hits back with this new ad.
UPDATE2: Some cartoons can say everything that needs to be said so concisely.
UPDATE3: There is so much to read on this subject (all those links I include above) but if you only have time to read one article, read this one by Michael Cohen. Not only does he succinctly summarize the most egregious lies (with links), but he hits the nail squarely on the head with regards to what the McCain campaign is attempting to do:
The McCain campaign seems to be operating under the notion that if their distortions about Barack Obama become part of the campaign discourse, voters will pay less attention to the fact-checking response or dismiss it as the usual he-said-she-said of American politics.
Well said. Over the past few days I’ve been involved in multiple discussions with either McCain supporters, undecided voters, third-party voters, or those who don’t want to say that are indeed dismissing this as ‘politics as usual’. It is not … what they are doing represents a brand new level of ugly.
I apologize to regular readers wanting some geoscience posts … I usually don’t harp on politics too much on this blog, but this is just too damn important to let go.
UPDATE4 (9/17/08): Want to learn all about the biggest lies and what it means and only have five minutes? Don’t feel like reading and want to watch/listen to a news report? Then, watch this report from CNN:
The fact that CNN is devoting a full five minutes to this indicates the facts are indeed catching up to McCain/Palin … this is all they got. Pathetic.