Campaign of Lies

The St. Petersburg Times has a take-no-prisoners editorial about the campaign of lies John McCain is running, with the able assistance of his running mate, Sarah Palin:

McCain’s straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him.

Also, Michael Dobbs, in the weekend edition of his Fact Checker column at the Washington Post, takes on McCain’s claim that Palin has not accepted any earmarks:

John McCain is trying to claim that black is white when he argues that his running mate, Sarah Palin, has not accepted earmarks as Governor of Alaska. While it is true that she has sought fewer earmarks than her predecessor, Governor Frank Murkowski, Alaska still leads the nation in terms of per capita spending on earmarks, according to Citizens Against Government Waste.

The Facts

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin sought $256 million in earmarks during her first year in office. This year, her office has sought the assistance of the Alaska Congressional delegation in landing $197 million in federal earmarks.

A comprehensive list of the governor’s latest earmark requests is available at the website of Alaska senator Ted Stevens with a covering letter from Palin’s office. The requests range from $71 million for the “Rural Alaska Sanitation Initiative” to $3.2 million for “Sea Lion Biological Research to $7.4 million for “Rural Airport Lighting.”

Dobbs also has a suggestion for righties who want Dobbs to give equal time to Obama’s lies: Find some:

Some readers have complained that I have been soft on the Democrats over the last week, while awarding a string of Pinocchios to the McCain campaign. I would like to think that this simply reflects the current state of the campaign: the McCainites have been on the offensive over the last week, tearing into Obama with a series of questionable TV ads. If you think it reflects bias on my part, there is a simple remedy: send in specific examples of Pinocchio-esque statements by Obama and the Dems, and I will check them out.

Methinks it will be a tough task; Obama appears to be too busy doing positive, forward-thinking things — like coming up with ways to make it easier for folks to register to vote.

One Response to “Campaign of Lies”

  1. gcotharn says:

    Oh good Lord.

    McCain says stay in Iraq for 100 years = lie. Not positive, forward thinking.

    McCain says $2M income is middle class = lie. Not positive, forward thinking.

    Ayers is just someone who lives in my neighborhood.

    Rezco is not the man I knew.

    Pastor Wright is not the man I knew.

    Father Pfleger is not the man I knew.

    Grandma is not the Grandma I knew.

    My uncle liberated Auschwitz.

    Comparing budget of Mayor of Wasilla to budget of Obama campaign = stupid lie of omission which opens Obama up to all the community organizer hullabaloo.

    Claiming credit for all the bills Emil Jones bill-jacked and fed him in the Illinois State Senate?

    Promising Chicago voters he would raise $2M for a greenspace/park in a blighted neithborhood?

    Telling Saddleback he worked across the aisle with McCain on earmark reform?

    Claiming maverick credit for Lugar-Obama?
    “In reality, the Lugar-Obama Bill was passed on a voice vote on December 11, 2006. It was so routine, there was no recorded vote. The media didn’t consider it important or controversial.” link

    Claiming credit for supporting ethics legislation which also passed by voice vote?

    Positive and forward thinking? Obama sent surrogates onto today’s Sunday talkers to hammer at McCain’s age: it’s so scary! And so positive.

    And “easier ways for people to vote” stuff is completely self serving, as it both increases Obama’s odds of being elected and increases the chances of voter fraud.

    McCain is a tough and dirty campaigner. I’ll never claim differently. However, claiming Barack is positive and forward thinking is laughable. Saying “show me the Obama lies” is both laughable and symptomatic of psychological denial.

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