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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The dishonorable campaign
John McCain fancies himself a modern-day Teddy Roosevelt,
leading the "maverick moose party" to acclaim. Actually, he's just a Dick.


Just when you thought they couldn't stoop any lower, John McCain's new friends in the Karl Rove street gang put out an ad that lowers the floor. Thankfully, the Obama team is starting to fight back:
The Obama campaign took its most personal shot ever at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday evening, questioning his honor over a claim in a new TV ad that the Democrat calls "perverse."

The issue was a new McCain advertisement belittling Obama's record on education, and accusing him of supporting sex education for kindergartners.

"Obama's one accomplishment?" the narrator asks. "Legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners. Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."

Bill Burton, Obama's press secretary, responded in a statement: “It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why."
The shot refers to McCain's testy TIME interview, in which he refused to define "honor," telling reporter Jay Carney to "read it in my books."

The truth is, books aside, John McCain threw his "honor" in the toilet when he hired the same men who slimed him and his wife in 2004, including Tucker "McCain's got a black baby" Eskew, and Karl Rove himself, along with Rove cappo Steve Schmidt, to run his campaign. He tossed his honor in the bin when he decided to run what has to be the most dishonorable campaign since George Herbert Walker Bush unleashed Willie Horton.

I won't even link to the McCain ad. It's too disgraceful to be worth the trouble. (I second this TPM reader's emotions.) But I do hope that Burton's sentiments are put into a Barack Obama television ad, post haste. Offense is a beautiful place to be. As for McCain, you sir, have my complete disrespect.

BTW: the purpose of the McCain ad, it seems to me, is not to shock the general public. This is about reinforcing among evangelicals, the view that Barack Obama is not "wrong on issues," he's evil, anti-Christ-like, and frightening. He's scaring them to the polls. Bet on the fact that there will be more such ads, small ad buys, big press.

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