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Monday, September 15, 2008

Lies Lies Lies Lies, yeah.

The McCain campaign seems to be imploding internally because of the lies and dishonesty within it's ranks. I think that Joy Behar of The View opened the floodgates by asking McCain why he was lying in his advertisement, leaving McCain stumbling for a response.

According to my son, the expert in Psychology, there is a difference between pathological and compulsive liars. I don't know which catogory McCain and Palin fall under, but I do know just how many lies have been confronted just since The View aired.

Karl Rove had to admit yesterday that the McCain campaign's lies and negative attacks have gone "too far."

John McCain is running the most negative and dishonest campaign in modern presidential history. He has demonstrated that he'd rather lose his integrity than lose this election.

It's right out of the Bush-Rove playbook. Unfortunately, as Karl Rove knows better than anyone, these shameful tactics have worked in the past.

The culture of corruption and dishonesty that has hurt America so badly the last eight years is playing an even larger role in McCain's campaign.

Just this past week, John McCain hired a Washington super-lobbyist to fill positions in a potential McCain-Palin White House. At least 177 lobbyists have been on McCain's campaign staff, and apparently he hopes to run the White House the same way.

Also this week, the McCain campaign continued to repeat a number of outrageous lies, even after watchdogs in the media called them "shamelessly misleading," "thoroughly dishonest," and "a toxic mix of lies and double-speak."

When Karl Rove says that McCain is lying and using double-speak, it's time to wake up and take notice. Rove had, up till now, run the nastiest campaigns ever in the history of the US.

They also lied about the crowd size at one of their rallies -- reporting 23,000 attendees when there were only 8,000

Even Fox news is getting on the bandwagon, grilling McCain's campaign manager about the lies McCain keeps repeating about raising taxes. This is great footage.

John McCain may also want to change his economic message a bit more during this potentially disastrous week for the financial sector.

On the campaign trail in Florida, the Senator said this morning that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," despite what he described as "tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street."

The line may seem like the GOP normal rhetoric, except for the fact that this morning, the McCain campaign released a television ad that began: "Our economy is in crisis." Moreover, with financial and job markets in crisis, and with Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy and Bank of America trying to take over Merril Lynch, it may not be the wisest political message to tell voters that the fundamentals are a-okay.

"You know," said McCain, "there's been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street and it is -- people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think, still the fundamentals of our economy are strong. But these are very, very difficult time. And I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street. We will reform government."
This isn't so much a lie as total misinformation. Trying to convince people that the economy is basically sound is nasty. Yes, it's a lie, but it's also cruel and heartless when people are losing their homes and he's saying that they're irresponsible spenders and deserve the loss. Mr. My Rich Wife Bought My Seven Homes has not a whit of empathy for regular folks.

Meanwhile, in Alaska former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan said he resisted pressure by the First Couple to re-open an old case against a state trooper, who was in a hotly contested divorce and custody battle with the Governor's sister Molly.

Alaskan lawmakers are investigating whether Palin and her husband used the power of the Governor's office to conduct a personal vendetta against their former brother-in-law, whose behavior during the 2005 divorce was described by the Palin family as " threatening."

"She's not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten," said Walt Monegan, the Alaskan official whose dismissal by Sarah Palin is the focus of a state investigation known as "Troopergate". "And she's not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me."
Troopergate is going to continue for a while. Personally, I can't wait for it to head to court at the end of the month. That's gonna be fun!

In a 20/20 interview, Palin told ABC's Charles Gibson she dismissed Monegan for poor job performance and that neither she nor her husband pressured Monegan to fire State Trooper Wooten. "We never did. I never pressured him to hire or fire anybody," Palin said.

But Monegan told ABC News.com he was summoned to a meeting with Todd Palin in December 2006, shortly after Sarah Palin became governor.

"I was called to her Anchorage formal Governor's office to talk with Todd Palin about an issue that was a private family matter," recounted Monegan. Todd became "upset," Monegan recalled, when told the allegations had already been investigated and the case would not be re-opened.

"When Sarah later called to tell me the same thing, I thought to myself, 'I may not be long for this job.'" But, Monegan said, he stood by his position. "I held the public trust. As Chief, I was responsible."

Governor Palin initially agreed to "cooperate fully" with the Alaska state legislative investigation but since being chosen as John McCain's running mate both she and her husband have refused to testify voluntarily. Friday the legislature issued a subpoena for Todd Palin.

McCain also admitted he knew Obama was not calling Palin a pig.

Did he call her a pig?" McCain was asked. "No, I but know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say," he responded.

McCain also cut off a question about the "Bridge to Nowhere," which Palin claims to have killed in Alaska even though Washington pulled back money for the project before she turned against it.

"The important thing is she's vetoed a half a billion dollars in earmark projects _ far, far in excess of her predecessor and she's given money back to the taxpayers and she's cut their taxes, so I'm happy with her record," McCain said.

In addition to her current requests, state budget documents show Alaska requested 52 earmarks worth $256 million for 2008. No where did McCain admit that Palin kept the money earmarked for the Bridge to Nowhere. Yet another lie?

And this ditty: Health Care for America Now (HCAN) - the unprecedented coalition of large labor groups, community-based organizations, women's groups, doctors, nurses, small businesses, think tanks, and leading netroots activists - released the following statement today in response to Senator McCain's repeated false claims that Senator Obama's health care plan will "force small businesses to cut jobs and reduce wages and force families into a government-run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor":

"Senator Obama's heath care plan offers the American people and American business a choice. His plan allows individuals to stay with the private insurance they have now, choose a new health care plan similar to the one Congress has, or opt into a new public plan so we are no longer left at the mercy of the private insurance industry. His plan includes lowering health care costs for small business and allowing employers to offer health insurance by paying for it as a percentage of their payroll rather than continue to feed into the current system where premiums are completely disconnected from what a business can afford....

Health Care for America Now asks Senator McCain to level with the American people and stop lying about Obama's health care proposal." - Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America Now

Lastly, there's this:

Looking at these four educational resumes, without knowing their race or their gender, who would you want to interview for a high powered executive position? You know, like President and/or Vice-President of the USA?*

Candidate 1:
Occidental College (Los Angeles) - 2 years studying Politics and Public Policy.
Columbia University (New York) - B.A. Political Science with a specialization in International Relations.

Harvard Law School - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude, Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Law Review.

Candidate 2:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Candidate 3:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 of 899.

Candidate 4:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester - Business Administration.
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - General Studies.
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - Journalism.
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester.
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism.

*1. Obama 2. Biden 3. McCain 4. Palen

Some great Sarah Palin links. See the anti-Palin rally in Alaska. It was larger than Palin's welcome home.

Learn about books Palin DID try to ban, and her views on dinosaurs, evolution, and Jesus's return during her lifetime. Will he go right to Alaska?

You can tune in to Ed’s Show to hear all about Palin's stances on women’s issues, foreign policy, wildlife, the environment, her track record as mayor of Wasilla, special ed, family matters and troopergate. Rep. Les Gara who posted here on that last issue, gave a good recounting of his feelings about the McCain people running roughshod over a bipartisan investigation, and slandering some really well-respected public servants in the process. The crowd got a little frustrated when he refused to talk about the possibility of impeachment, but that word can’t be bandied around without bringing down the wrath of the Republican ticket and it’s squadron of lawyers and spin-meisters.

Click HERE for the Ed Schultz Show website. And thanks to KUDO 1080, Alaska’s progressive talk station for making it happen.

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Blogger Marci B. said...

Wow - great post! (And I will have that song in my head all night, now - thanks). I have been so incredibly shocked by this whole election, and by the types of unethical behavior that have been flooding our airwaves. Thanks for laying it all out so well :)

15/9/08 6:00 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I'd like to link to this post in one of mine, coming up -- can you send me the permalink?

16/9/08 7:31 PM  

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