It’s interesting to see the media frenzy that is developing over the McCain campaign’s truth-distortions — or to quote Joy Behar, “lies.” Given the fact that the MSMs preferred candidate is (once again) limping toward the finish line of a campaign that conventional wisdom has him easily winning, it is clear that the media feels the need to get behind and give him a push near the end.
I’m not defending McCain in this. I have repeatedly stated on this blog the reasons why I dislike him as a candidate and have also said that the third party options might actually be an option in comparison to the two big candidates. To be blunt, I don’t feel like I really have a dog in this hunt. So, if McCain is producing campaign commercials that contain lies about Obama’s beliefs and policies, he should be called on it.
(Honestly, how much imagination does it take to come up with lies about Obama? You don’t need lies when you’re running against a race-baiting Marxist, an arrogant, big city elitist who has close ties, working relationships, and personal friendships with domestic terrorists, convicted criminals, and radical anti-American and racist religious zealots. You don’t need to stretch too hard to come up with campaign fodder there.)
Of course Obama and the DNC are not content to let the media do their dirty work this time. Coming from the party that said they were going to run their campaign for “change” in a wholly collegial, polite, and respectful manner, we have their recent ad that actually has the temerity to attack McCain as,
running ‘the sleaziest ads ever,’ ‘truly vile,’ ‘dishonest smears’ that he repeats even after it’s been ‘exposed as a lie,’ ‘truth be damned,’ a ‘disgraceful, dishonorable campaign.’ ”
“After voting with Bush 90 percent of the time, proposing the same disastrous economic policies, it seems ‘deception’ is all he has left,” the announcer concludes in the ad.
Of course the DNC and Obama campaign don’t bother to note that the quotes being repeated in the ad all come from media figureheads who work in the same “mainstream media” that has repeatedly demonstrated an unhealthy passion for Obama. No doubt those media figures had “tingles running up and down their legs” as they made those damning statements against McCain.
What makes the “phony outrage” now being shown by the DNC and Obama campaign over these campaign ads even more offensive is the fact that the Obama campaign has engaged in exactly the same vile sleaze, lies, disgraceful, dishonorable, deceptive, and dishonest smears. While he was mustering up all his sham outrage over McCain’s lies, Obama and his campaign were actively producing a new ad that would be run in Spanish only venues. In this ad, the Obama campaign actually attempt to hit McCain with the left’s standards “racist, anti-immigrant” smear.
This ad was so completely over-the-top and egregiously unfair that even ABC News had to admit just how bad it was.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has launched a new Spanish-language TV ad that seeks to paint Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as anti-immigrant, even tying the Republican to his longtime conservative talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh.
As first reported by the Washington Post, Obama’s ad features a narrator saying: “They want us to forget the insults we’ve put up with…the intolerance…they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much.”
The screen then shows these two quotes from Limbaugh:
“…stupid and unskilled Mexicans”
“You shut your mouth or you get out!”
The narrator then says, “John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote…and another, even worse, that continues the policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families. John McCain…more of the same old Republican tricks.” …
There are some real factual problems with this ad, which is titled “Dos Caras,” or two faces.
First of all, tying Sen. McCain – especially on the issue of immigration reform – to Limbaugh is unfair.
Limbaugh opposed McCain on that issue. Vociferously. And in a larger sense, it’s unfair to link McCain to Limbaugh on a host of issues since Limbaugh, as any even occasional listener of his knows, doesn’t particularly care for McCain.
Second, the quotes of Limbaugh’s are out of context.
Here’s the Obama campaign’s ad, Dos Caras (Two faces).
You may not like McCain’s policies, but no honest review of his work and history can reasonably claim that he is anti-immigrant — ask his daughter if you’re confused about the issue. It’s not even remotely fair to criticize McCain as anti-illegal immigrant. Anyone who has tracked McCain’s work over the past few years will know that McCain was openly in favor or amnesty for illegals.
Additionally, no honest review of either McCain or Limbaugh’s work can seriously try to tie the two together — Limbaugh has spent much of the past few years tearing McCain down at every chance he could get.
In this area, just like in his “lipstick on a pig” comment, just like his constant race-baiting (comments like “He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills”), Obama is playing the EXACT same dirty, bare-knuckled political game that McCain is playing. In this respect, one is no different from the other. And the fact that he clearly pledged to run his campaign in a clean, fair, and respectful manner demonstrates that he is every bit as much a liar as McCain.
Both candidates are eager to use any dirty, underhanded tactic to confuse voters and the issues and distort their opponent’s record. They are both interested in getting power more than they are interested in doing the right thing.
The more I see of these two men, the more I am convinced that neither of them is worthy of our votes.
Update: this Unionleader.com editorial outlines how Obama’s ads are growing increasingly negative and misleading.
In the past few weeks, Obama has thrown so many false accusations against John McCain that just keeping track of them has become difficult. And these aren’t innocent errors. They are deliberate distortions of the sort Obama has always said he reviles.
The article goes on to discuss the Obama campaigns deliberate misrepresentation of McCain’s record on the nation’s financial crises.
- Obama tries to charge McCain with having opposed “common-sense” regulations that might have stopped the financial woes before they occured — False – according to the Washington Post, Obama was the one who remained silent on previously proposed regulations that McCain had supported.
- Obama tried to attack McCain for having an advisor who was supported a deregulation bill (for the mortgage industry). However, Obama is reported to have two senior advisors who also supported the bill; a bill which was signed into law by Bill Clinton.
- Obama has tried to attack McCain as anti-immigrant and racist toward Hispanics. As I noted in this post (above), that charge is demonstrably false and an egregious and purposeful deception on the part of the Obama campaign. McCain is and has always been an open proponent of immigration and amnesty for illegals.
- This editorial also brings up Obama’s support of increased sex education funding for kindergarten students. From what I have seen, this may be true. However, the specific classes targeted for this age group discussed teaching kids how to avoid pedophiles and predators by providing information on inappropriate touching and advances.
The editorial is spot on when it notes that Obama has lowered himself into the same mud that all the other candidates sling. The problem for Obama, however, is that he has always sold himself as something new and someone who did not engage in those sorts of attacks. Again, he has demonstrated clearly that he is no different than any of the other politicians out there. What matters to him is power and if he needs to sling mud to get it, OK.
Factcheck.org provides more information on an Obama campaign ad that misrepresents McCain’s position on Social Security reform. In fact, they refer to Obama’s misleading information as his “Social Security Whopper.”
In this particular ad Obama and his campaign workers try to scare senior citizens into believing that McCain wants to cut their Social Security benefits in half and that if the Bush plan to reform Social Security had gone through, they would have lost their retirement income in the current financial downturn.
In Daytona Beach, Obama said that “if my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would’ve had their Social Security tied up in the stock market this week.” He referred to “elderly women” at risk of poverty, and said families would be scrambling to support “grandmothers and grandfathers.”
That’s not true. The plan proposed by President Bush and supported by McCain in 2005 would not have allowed anyone born before 1950 to invest any part of their Social Security taxes in private accounts. All current retirees would be covered by the same benefits they are now.
Obama would have been correct to say that many workers under age 58 would have had some portion of their Social Security benefits affected by the current market turmoil – if they had chosen to participate. And market drops would be a worry for those who retire in future decades. But current retirees would not have been affected.