The McCain Apologists and The Sarah Palin Interpreters

Even before McCain threw his hail Mary pass and selected a small time pol with nothing resembling foreign policy expertise nor experience the fabrications, blustering and embellishments of the truth were running thick and deep. After the RNC convention, during which they seemed to decide to put the previous tendency to lie on steroids. The Wall Street Journal, typical of most of the media tip toes up to the Senator and asks about the “tone” of Mccain’s campaign. The campaign commercials where honor is thrown in the trunk and the the old “maverick” does his impression of a game show contestant that has to tell as many lies as possible in thirty seconds to win,

Questioned about the tone of the campaign, Sen. McCain insisted he was running an issues-based campaign and put the blame on his opponent for refusing to join him in town hall meetings.

“First of all this is a tough business,” the Arizona senator said. “Second of all, I think the tone of this whole campaign would’ve been very different if Sen. Obama had accepted my request for us to appear at town hall meetings all over America.”

Sen. McCain pushed for weekly town hall meetings more than three months ago, suggesting that the candidates travel together to battleground states and have a discussion with voters. Sen. Obama repeatedly refused to participate, citing the opportunities voters will have at the three presidential debates to see the pair together.

If Senator Obama isn’t with him in a setting of his choosing before the official debate McCain is going to pretend that he just can’t get a sense of where Obama stands on the issues. What tired load poli-speak. McCain wanted things a certain way, told Obama to jump, and Obama dared not to ask how high. Way too many Republicans share this arrogant streak. To say no to what they want, when they want it means you deserve to be punished with an awful load of bull. Analysis: McCain’s claims skirt facts, test voters

John McCain’s campaign keeps telling voters that Sarah Palin opposed a federally funded Bridge to Nowhere that, in fact, she originally supported. It accuses Democrat Barack Obama of calling Palin a pig, which did not happen.

Even in a political culture accustomed to truth-stretching, McCain’s skirting of facts has stood out this week. It has infuriated and flustered Barack Obama’s campaign, and campaign pros are watching to see how much voters disregard news reports noting factual holes in the claims.

That voter reaction could help determine who wins this presidential election and influence the strategies of future campaigns.

This is your liberal press. McCain’s campaign has a “tone” and “skirts” facts. His career is littered with lies, but he was known on occasion to speak the truth. McCain he is now 72, this is his last shot at being president so he, his staff and his surrogates have decided that if truth and honor are victims on Johnny’s way to the White House then so be it. Winning is everything.

Something else that we’ll have to get used to, not they we shouldn’t be after eight years of Dubya. Whenever Sarah Palin speaks a shrill bunny slipper wearing brigade of apologists is sure to follow. Why is this necessary? Though they claim she is smart ( she’s not dumb), is experienced and is “ready to lead”; they have to tell us that what she said she meant is not what we think it meant based on the facts. Everything That Palin says must be poured through the filter of the Right’s avid interpreters. She doesn’t know what the Bush Doctrine is. Period end of story. Republicans cannot thus, in any honest way make the case she is ready to lead. Palin and her interpreters such as the New York Times Billy Kristol, are wrong when they try and distort history. U.S. troops in Iraq are not fighting the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks. In fact there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq until after Bush invaded. As Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) who has a son in Iraq, has stated Bush’s strategy allowed al-Qaeda into Iraq and allowed them to use it as a recruiting tool. The Washington Post is correct,

The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied with al-Qaeda have taken root in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.

Palin like many people still believe there is an Iraq-Bin laden connection. She is wrong. Kristol is wrong to try and spin the meaning of what she said to make it look as though she knew what she was talking about. Most of the violence in Iraq has come from home grown insurgents, foriegn fighters that came into Iraq after the invasion have always been in the minority,

Some American officials also believe that Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a homegrown insurgent group that claims a loose allegiance to Osama bin Laden, may by itself have as many as 10,000 members in Iraq.

In a report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) in 2005 foreign fighters were numerous, but still only made up 4 to 10 percent of those that attacked American troops and Iraqis. If Republicans want America to take Palin seriously as a leader, one that will be a heart beat away from the presidency. How are they going to accomplish that bit of propaganda if they spend hours at their keyboards telling America what she really meant. Maybe in the short time between now and November they’re hoping that the majority of Americans doesn’t notice those strings attached to Palin while she dances.