09 October 2008

The Big Lie

McCain seems to be sticking to the old saying that when you lie, you should lie big, and stick to it. He's doubling down on his most recent lie about Obama's health care plan:

On health care, Senator Obama has been [...] misleading about his own plans. He has said his goal is a single payer system where government is in charge of health care and bureaucrats stand between you and your doctor.

But John McCain is an honorable man.

Obama's not proposing single payer. Never has. He has allowed that were he "designing a system from scratch," he would consider a single payer system, but this was quite the hypothetical, and not what he has said he will do, and not what the political realities will allow, even under the best conceivable electoral outcomes next month. But McCain, that man of integrity, is losing and losing badly. He made a Faustian bargain with the smear merchants who beat him in 2000, and now they trot him out to lie, distort and shame himself . And for what? Let's face it, he's already lost. Sure, sure, the votes have yet to be cast, but let's just say it would be historically improbable for McCain to win from where he stands. You might think that in light of the circumstances, he would choose to rehabilitate his image and his honor by coasting to defeat with some dignity. It might even help him. But he's lashed himself to the mast of his sinking ship and is determined to scrabble and claw at Obama in a frantic effort to bring him down with him.

But John McCain is an honorable man.


  1. Salut! Have you read the article on McCain in the most recent Rolling Stone? Fairly damning. But there is no joy in it, at least for me -- rather a profound and growing sadness at the meanness and the insult of both the American mind and heart.

    See: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

  2. SF, please, please don't play the "Dewey beats Truman" card. You will only jinx us.

  3. So are they all, all honorable men

  4. Let's face it, he's already lost.

    One of the reasons your side has lost 7 of the last 10 presidential elections is that you always start celebrating vistory before election day. Here's a little reality check:

    In the likely voter tracking polls that came the closest in 2004 (CBS, Battleground & Rasmussen), his lead has dropped an average of 4 points since the beginning of the week.

    Obama’s average lead in likely voter polls ranging from the beginning of this week to yesterday is 4.5 points, which isn’t enough to overcome the Bradley effect. In reality, he’s probably behind a couple of points, and he's already heading South.

    As to lies, one can’t help but notice that you are more sensitive to McCain’s stretchers than Obama’s brazen whoppers about McCain’s positions on health care, Social Security, and regulatory oversight of Fannie and Freddie.

  5. Don't forget how Obama promised to cut more than he spends. Not even the NYT would swallow that whopper.



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