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The most disheartening aspect of a scurrilous Republican ad falsely accusing Barack Obama of promoting sex education for kindergarten children is its closing line: “I’m John McCain, and I approved this message.”

This from that straight-talker of yore, who fervidly denounced the 2004 Bush campaign’s Swift Boat character attacks on John Kerry’s military record.

What a difference four years makes, especially after Mr. McCain secured the nomination by hiring some of the same low-blow artists from the Bush campaign.

The kindergarten ad flat-out lies: telling voters that Mr. Obama’s “one accomplishment” in education was to favor “comprehensive” sex education for 5-year-olds. “Learning about sex before learning to read?” intones the voice-over, as a blur of respected sources are cited — none of them accurately, as they have proclaimed.

The truth is that as an Illinois legislator, Mr. Obama favored a sensible bill supported by many mainline organizations — including the Illinois Parent Teacher Association, the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Public Health Association — to provide an “age and developmentally appropriate” sex education curriculum for older students. At most, kindergarteners were to be taught the dangers of sexual predators. And parents of children of all ages had the right to withdraw their children from the classes.

Surely, Senator McCain knows that all that change he’s promising for the tooth-and-claw Washington culture must start on the hustings. Yet, the kindergarten ad that he’s blessed signals that his goal is shamefully more of the same.

The way these ads work, this one is already playing over and over on the Web as a free-media “ghost,” in professional parlance — too late for any cynical expression of regret by Mr. McCain. And no regret has been offered.

The lesson for voters is to be wary of all ads from the McCain machine. The lesson for Mr. McCain is that if he really believes in straight talk, he should fire his ad writers and any aide who believes that the best way to win the presidency is to lie to American voters.

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Michael Kinsley, at WaPo:

The whole controversy is ginned up, a fraud, a lie. All obvious.

I know that by even bringing this up, I am falling into the trap that McCain’s people have set and perpetuating this ridiculous controversy. But the routine acceptance of obvious lies now corrodes our politics as much as the money that was the subject of McCain’s famous act of Republican apostasy: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. ... the media have trouble calling a lie a lie, or asserting that one side is lying more than the other -- even when that is objectively the case. ... He says he’d rather lose the election than lose the war. But it seems he’d rather lose that honor he’s always going on about than lose the election.

Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic Online:

If she is a fraud, and has been proven a demonstrable liar in ways that a competent campaign would have vetted six months ago, McCain's campaign is over, and deserves to be over. ... This is the most shambolic campaign I have ever witnessed in a general election. If he runs his campaign this badly, how would he run the country?

E.J. Dionne in WaPo:

John McCain's deceptions about Barack Obama's views and Sarah Palin's flip-flopping suggest an unedifying scuffle over a city council seat.

The media bear a heavy responsibility because "balance" does not require giving equal time to truth and lies. So does McCain, who is running a disgraceful, dishonorable campaign of distraction and diversion.

Charles Babbington at AP (of all places):

The "Straight Talk Express" has detoured into doublespeak. ... Even in a political culture accustomed to truth-stretching, McCain's skirting of facts has stood out this week.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Palin — with the full backing and support of the McCain campaign — is doing herself longterm political damage with this ploy. The American people are watching her repeatedly lie to them, day after day, and watching her do so with no apparent compunction. This is her introduction to the national scene; this is when her image is being cemented into the public mind.

And her image is increasingly that of a guiltless liar.

Cherry Creek (CO) News:

Sarah Palin: Serial Liar?
Despite a solid debunking, the McCain-Palin campaign continue to traffic in falsehoods about the Alaska Governor's short tenure.

Washington Monthly:

Now, it's obvious she's lying. She knows she's lying. She knows that we know she's lying. But she just doesn't give a damn. At this point, it's bordering on pathological. (According to one count, the McCain campaign has now repeated the lie 23 times.) ... Whatever the motivation, the McCain campaign simply has a problem telling the truth. With each passing the day, the disdain this gang shows for the democratic process becomes a little more breathtaking.

Blizzard of Lies

By PAUL KRUGMAN economist Ford administration, Op Ed NYT

Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?

These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign — and they’re all out-and-out lies.

Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 — my first year at The Times — trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending and Social Security.

But I can’t think of any precedent, at least in America, for the blizzard of lies since the Republican convention. The Bush campaign’s lies in 2000 were artful — you needed some grasp of arithmetic to realize that you were being conned. This year, however, the McCain campaign keeps making assertions that anyone with an Internet connection can disprove in a minute, and repeating these assertions over and over again.

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Laugh

Once again, same old liberal tripe -- when on the ropes, start screaming that the person beating them up is lying.

The left can't discredit Palin on record, can't destroy her personally, so they are suddenly chanting a mantra -- she's lying. The apparent plan of attack is to get enough people chanting "she's lying", people will believe it. That way, you don't have to actually address her positions.

In other words, they're cowards -- can't compete on an intellectual level, so they have to resort to labels, consdescension, and smoke and mirrors.

The Democrats just don't get it -- all they're doing is demonstrating that Obama's claim to be highminded is a ruse that's selectively applied, and that his politics don't represent change at all -- they're the same old games wrapped in a slick package. But inside that package, there's nothing.

Sure, you'll claim that McCain's doing the same thing. But even if you successfully convince the American public of that, the public will be left with a choice between two politiicians playing the same game -- and they'll start looking at qualifications. Once they do that, Obama's done.

It's one thing to be qualified and play rough politics. It's another to play rough politics when you're an empty suit. In the latter case, people figure out that you're being rough to keep them from finding out who you are -- and they don't like that in their leaders.

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Washington (AP) - The "Straight Talk Express" has detoured into double speak

Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a self-proclaimed tell-it-like-it-is maverick, keeps saying his running mate, Sarah Palin, killed the federally funded Bridge to Nowhere when, in fact, she pulled her support only after the project became a political embarrassment. He accuses Democrat Barack Obama of calling Palin a pig, which did not happen. He says Obama would raise nearly everyone's taxes, when independent groups say 80 percent of families would get tax cuts instead.

The McCain-Palin campaign made at least three other aggressive claims this week that omitted key details or made dubious assumptions to criticize Obama. It equated lawmakers' requests for money for special projects with corruption, even though Palin has sought nearly $200 million in such "earmarks" this year.

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Record Contradicts Palin's 'Bridge' Claims

By ELIZABETH HOLMES and LAURA MECKLER
September 9, 2008

The Bridge to Nowhere argument isn't going much of anywhere.

Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government "thanks but no thanks" to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.

The McCain campaign released a television advertisement1 Monday morning titled "Original Mavericks." The narrator of the 30-second spot boasts about the pair: "He fights pork-barrel spending. She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere."....

At a rally today, Sen. McCain again asserted that Sen. Obama has requested nearly a billion in earmarks. In fact, the Illinois senator requested $311 million last year, according to the Associated Press, and none this year. In comparison, Gov. Palin has requested $750 million in her two years as governor -- which the AP says is the largest per-capita request in the nation.

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I'm sorry Expat, these are all long respected publications, including the AP and WSJ which lean right.

Every jouralist with an internet connection knows McCain / Palin to be running a sleazy low brow campaign and what's worse they continue to tell the easily disproven lie day after day. The same lie I mean. They made the bed, now they have to lie in it.

McCain / Palin has chosen to frame Obama as inexperienced, elitist, black, sex pervert and now they are being framed as liers. The benefit of the lying frame is it's true and they can use funny video clips to prove it. Every day the lie gets repeated again is another day for jounos to whack the pinata.

What are McCain / Palin going to do? Talk about the issues? I just got through watching two TV interviews, Palin flubbed the softball questions and now they are a youtube joke, McCain couldn't even handle a local statiion in Maine. Alziemers?

Which of the lies are really true? go ahead choose any one. Imagine the ignominity of being branded a pathalogical lier. What a blow to ones honor at the age of 72, sad, pitiable.

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Friday running mate Sarah Palin has never asked for money for lawmakers' pet projects as Alaska governor when in fact she has sought nearly $200 million in earmarks this year.

No bridge to nowhere for 2 days!!

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Huckabee, Others Yucks It Up Over McCain Vetting

"Does anybody know what the difference between a bulldog and a hockey mom is?" Bob Barr, former Republican member of Congress and now the Libertarian presidential candidate, asks. "The bulldog gets vetted!"

Barr's joke elicits a roar of laughs and a couple of "oh's!" among the audience at the 15th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest.

The annual fundraiser is an opportunity for pols, pundits and journos to challenge Washington's reputation as a stiff, self-serious town -- and also a good measure of what topics in the political zeitgeist are particularly ripe for ridicule at the moment. This year, John McCain's vetting process in his hunt for a vice presidential candidate was a repeated theme.

When Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and Republican primary contender, took over the microphone, he joked that he was hurt by McCain's decision not to ask him to join the GOP ticket.

"John McCain didn't even vet me," Huckabee said. "But he didn't vet Sara Palin either."

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Watch this spokesman. No one likes to lie, he's probably a likeable guy in regular life. He just has such a hard time defending an immoral dishonest dishonorable position, and he knows it. It's really hard for most people to repeat a reprehensible, sleazy, lie, about teaching kids to avoid sexual predators.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq7Nyddt9QU

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Geez, Civet...six in a row. Eight out of the ten posts on this thread are from you. Looks to me like you're more interested in hearing your own voice than you are in debating.

Obama is nothing new. I saw it before when it was the Clintons -- attack through the media and lower-level supporters, and then disavow any connection if it comes back on you. Caterwaul that anything that doesn't go your way is unfair. Destroy the credibility of anyone that dares expose you. But actually engage on issues? No way.

It absolutely cracks me up how Obama thinks that his opponents should only be allowed to say nice things about him. What an egotist.

Obama's been negative the whole time, and Palin's arrival just made it more obvious. And what did she do? She had the nerve to be female, qualified, a real person people can relate to, and she said that your emperor's naked. Therefore, from a Democrat view, she must be destroyed because she's exposing their candidate for what he is. Everybody knows it, everybody sees it -- she's just had the guts to come out and say it.

Obama's campaign is pure smoke and mirrors. Attacking Palin's credibility for earmarks? What about the earmarks Obama asked for -- including a million bucks for the hospital that gave his wife a six-figure raise? How about accusing her of flip-flops while he reverses positions on the surge? What about trying to erase years of conservative debate over McCain and attempting to convince the public that he never challengeshis party -- when Obama has never done anything bipartisan unless the Senate was unanimous?

Obama isn't change -- he's the same old pessimistic, bitter, spinning excuse factory that America has been listening to for years, and it's getting on our nerves. As Obama might say in a teleprompter-free interview, "I uhhh would have to...uhhh...you know...start to doubt....or rather...uhhh...wonder about...his...uh...capacity for...or rather...uhhhhh...his ability to...you know, I'm not...uhhhh...fully confident that...uhhh...he'd...you know...be able to...uhhh...keep it together or...ummm...acccept responsibility in a...uh...crisis."

And don't forget -- I'm Alaskan and know Sarah Palin. I've watched her politics, watched her performance, and have even hugged the woman (eat THAT SoCo). She's real, and the media sliming is out of control. It's absolutely embarrassing to see what has become of our free press.

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What did Obama change in Chicago or Illinois politics?

Might be interesting to see how he changed the local and state level of politics to see what he might do on the national level.

Civetcat, how about doing some research and posting the link to that question. I'd really appreciate it.

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