Personal Treason Soils John McCain

By Richard Cohen posted on Real Clear Politics

“Following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary, John McCain did something extraordinary: He confessed to lying about how he felt about the Confederate battle flag, which he actually abhorred. “I broke my promise to always tell the truth,” McCain said. Now he has broken that promise so completely that the John McCain of old is unrecognizable. He has become the sort of politician he once despised.

The precise moment of McCain’s abasement came, would you believe, not at some news conference or on one of the Sunday shows but on “The View,” the daytime TV show created by Barbara Walters. Last week, one of the co-hosts, Joy Behar, took McCain to task for some of the ads his campaign has been running. One deliberately mischaracterized what Barack Obama had said about putting lipstick on a pig — an Americanism that McCain himself has used in the past. The other asserted that Obama supported teaching sex education to kindergarteners.

“We know that those two ads are untrue,” Behar said. “They are lies.”

Freeze. Close in on McCain. This was the moment. He has largely been avoiding the press. The Straight Talk Express is now just a brand, an ad slogan like “Home Cooking” or “We Will Not Be Undersold.” Until then, it was possible for McCain to say that he had not really known about the ads, that the formulation “I approve this message” was just boilerplate. But he didn’t.

“Actually, they are not lies,” he said.

Actually, they are.”…

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4 responses to “Personal Treason Soils John McCain

  1. Barry Goldwater

    What about Barry Obamam’s real treason in interfering with the President’s constitutional authority in military and foriegn affairs by attempting to get the Iraqi’s to not negotiate troop withdrawals?

    oops.

  2. Barry Goldwater

    What about Barry Obamam’s real treason in interfering with the President’s constitutional authority in military and foriegn affairs by attempting to get the Iraqi’s to not negotiate troop withdrawals? oops.

  3. Middletown Mike

    Barry,

    There is no oops.
    are you refering to Amir Taheri’s false neocon tainted article that was published in the Murdock rag that calls itself the NY Post and was picked up by Drudge over the weekend? Because if you are here is the real story.

    Obama spoke on the tarmac right after speaking with the Iraqi Foreign Minister and had these comments according to Athena Jones of NBC News on June 16, 2008:

    He said he told Zebari that negotiations for a Status of Forces agreement or strategic framework agreement between the two countries should be done in the open and with Congress’s authorization and that it was important that that there be strong bipartisan support for any agreement so that it can be sustained through a future administration. He argued it would make sense to hold off on such negotiations until the next administration.

    “My concern is that the Bush administration–in a weakened state politically–ends up trying to rush an agreement that in some ways might be binding to the next administration, whether it was my administration or Sen. McCain’s administration,” Obama said. “The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that’s currently made.”

    So, he did not try to hide his comments. And further as a Senator suggesting that congress have a role in reviewing the final agreement before we commit our nation to a 25 or 50 year commitment to Iraq is maybe just a little sensible.

  4. Middletown Mike

    Barry,There is no oops.are you refering to Amir Taheri’s false neocon tainted article that was published in the Murdock rag that calls itself the NY Post and was picked up by Drudge over the weekend? Because if you are here is the real story.Obama spoke on the tarmac right after speaking with the Iraqi Foreign Minister and had these comments according to Athena Jones of NBC News on June 16, 2008:He said he told Zebari that negotiations for a Status of Forces agreement or strategic framework agreement between the two countries should be done in the open and with Congress’s authorization and that it was important that that there be strong bipartisan support for any agreement so that it can be sustained through a future administration. He argued it would make sense to hold off on such negotiations until the next administration.“My concern is that the Bush administration–in a weakened state politically–ends up trying to rush an agreement that in some ways might be binding to the next administration, whether it was my administration or Sen. McCain’s administration,” Obama said. “The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that’s currently made.”So, he did not try to hide his comments. And further as a Senator suggesting that congress have a role in reviewing the final agreement before we commit our nation to a 25 or 50 year commitment to Iraq is maybe just a little sensible.

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