To those Americans that live in the reality based community and have real values, added up it is impossible to deny. McCain’s completely false assertion that Senator Obama snubbed the troops, the celebs ad and questioning Senator Obama’s patriotism were just a grown man, a U.S. Senator at that who threw a big temper tantrum. Little Johnny is mad because he thinks that America owes him the presidency and it looks like he could lose. Mudslinging will damage McCain’s brand—but it may be the only way he can win
If this sounds like an admission of a certain kind of defeat, that’s because it is. But in the prevailing political circumstances—the hunger for change in the electorate, the abject bankruptcy of the Republican brand, McCain’s positions on the wrong side of the public on the war and the economy, his age, and his pitiful performance skills—it may reflect a cold-eyed realism that’s an asset in any campaign. Moreover, at least in the short term, it actually seems to be working.
Every election cycle we hear the same old about going negative does not work. Opinion polls show that people at least say they don’t like the attack ads. The fact is they work. They work on that think slice of undecided voters from across the political spectrum who watch the ads or hear their friends at work repeat the claims made in them. Smears, at least for the duration of that election cycle become the basis of their vote. Bush won by a historically thin margin in 2004. The Right has been playing that margin game for years. They know they have their base. Then they have the undecided and independents that have bought into the propagnda. As bad, as fact free and just plain weird as McCain’s recent ads have been look for them to get worse.
Whatever you think about Barack Obama, he does not want the race issue to be front and center in this campaign. Every day that the campaign is about race is a good day for John McCain. So I guess we understand Mr. McCain’s motivation.
Nevertheless, it’s frustrating to watch John McCain calling out Barack Obama on race. Senator Obama has spoken more honestly and thoughtfully about race than any other politician in many years. Senator McCain is the head of a party that has viciously exploited race for political gain for decades.
He’s obviously more than willing to continue that nauseating tradition.
Speaking of 2004 the Swiftboaters are back, On three Hannity programs, Corsi offered another falsehood: Obama supports abortion “[a]fter a child’s born”
Jerome Corsi, author of the book, The Obama Nation, falsely claimed on Hannity’s America that Sen. Barack Obama said, “Even if a child was born … the woman still had the right to kill the child in an abortion.” Corsi similarly falsely asserted on Hannity & Colmes that “[a]fter a child’s born, Obama … in the [Illinois] state Senate, wanted the child killed if the mother desired an abortion,” and on Sean Hannity’s radio program, said that “Obama’s on record as let’s kill the baby if that’s what the mother wants.” In fact, Obama has never supported giving people the right to kill their children.
One thing about Corsi is that he almost makes McCain look sane by comparison. Many liberals and the last few reasonable Republicans left in America like to think we can have a reasonable debate about things and work out reasonable compromises. Corsi, like most on today’s Right are mentally incapable of having a reasonable debate.
That bastion of journalistic integrity newspaper owned by the Moonies, the Washington Times, has printed an op-ed by Academy Award–winning actor and former Rudy Giuliani supporter Jon “My Daughter Hates Me Almost as Much as I Hate Barack Obama” Voight. ( marked up satire version of Jon’s essay at link )
The last thing that I read that was covered in such thick headed incoherent right-wing drool was probably by Ann Coulter. Come to think of it we’ve never seen Voight and Coulter together in the same room.