Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Completely Crooked Straight Talk

Politics has always, always been a landscape dominated by the surreal.

A centuries old tactic relies on repeating blatant lies until they shine with a glow of truth. A tactic the Sen. McCain for Prez Campaign is celebrating with unbridled enthusiasm.

The McCain camp has made her signature issue shutting down the Bridge to Nowhere. But as The New Republic put it today that's just "a naked lie." ... On earmarks she's an even bigger crock. On the trail with McCain they're telling everyone that she's some kind of earmark slayer when actually, when she was mayor and governor, in both offices, she requested and got more earmarks than virtually any city or state in the country.

"Think about that. On the stump, not a single word that comes out of her mouth -- or not a single word that the McCain folks put in her mouth -- is anything but a lie. I know that sounds like hyperbole. But just go down the list. None of them bear out." (via)

Also see the way CNN tackles lies from the campaign trail.

Another viewpoint: "
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."

Oddly, rigorous debate on economic issues and policy plans from Sen. Obama can be seen courtesy of ... Bill O'Reilly?? Link.

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