There was a time when John McCain was an honest and pragmatic politician. He was the victim of one of the nastiest smear campaigns in recent history in 2000, and it probably cost him the presidency. He conducted himself well in that campaign and never stooped to the gutter politics of Bush and Rove. But now, he has sold his soul to the sons and daughters of Lee Atwater, and is willing to lie and lie again if it will win him the White House. Consider, if you will, this ad. I won't link to it directly, you can find it yourself if you like. The tag line:
"Obama's one accomplishment? Legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners. Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."The truth? The legislation was intended to teach children how to avoid sex predators and molestation. John McCain, friend of pedophiles!
According to the Obama camp, "Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why." He stands next to Palin while she repeats her lie about the Bridge to Nowhere. He lies about Obama's tax plan, falsely stating that it will raise taxes on all Americans (nonpartisan agencies agree Obama's tax plan would cut taxes on 80% of taxpayers). He lies about Obama's health care plan. And he sheds crocodile tears about sexism, when he himself used the lipstick line on Hillary, and thought it was hysterical when a supporter called her a bitch. He lied when he asserted that Palin never requested earmarks when she asked for $200M in earmarks this year alone. He claims to put country first, and named a patently unqualified person to be his successor.
Over the past eight years, John McCain has abandoned every principle he once held that made him stand apart from the ideologues in his party: tax policy, immigration, torture, and more. He has sold his soul to the "Agents of Intolerance," as he once called them, and embraced the christianists who want to dismante the wall between church and state.
The McCain campaign cannot run on the disastrous legacy of the republican party over the last decade, nor can they run on their ideas for solving America's problems, because they have none. Their only option was to run on the stirring biography of their candidate, a man of integrity and honor.
John McCain has forsaken that honor, and in doing so, has shown himself to be morally unfit for high office.