It's a sad turn of events. John McCain used to be all about honor and country. Now he's all about me, me, me – having demonstrated that he's willing to lie his way to gain the presidency.
I've lost all respect for the guy. As should the voters.
Fortunately, people are starting to wake up from the dream of "McCain, independent maverick." Alarm clocks are buzzing all over the place.
"McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions" The New York Times nails him:
Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Senator Barack Obama's record and positions.
"John McCain's ads are LIES. Here's the video proof." A You Tube video documents his falsities:
"Why McCain is going so negative, so often" Jonathan Martin explains:
McCain's tactics are drawing the scorn of many in the media and organizations tasked with fact-checking the truthfulness of campaigns. In recent weeks, Team McCain has been described as dishonorable, disingenuous and downright cynical.. McCain seems to have made a choice that many politicians succumb to but that he had always promised to avoid — he appears ready to do whatever it takes to win, even it if soils his reputation.
"The two faces of John McCain" Old one: proud warrior. New one: lying politician.
And that is the contradiction now confronted by the national press corps, whose members desperately wish to believe in the old McCain they adored rather than the new McCain who nauseates them. Some pretend that what they see is not really happening, or doesn't matter; others wrinkle their noses but cannot quite muster indignation; and a few, very few, realize that the campaign is being debased by the man who once denounced this ugly style of politics and promised reform.
"Obama aide: McCain campaign 'sleaziest' in modern history" That's for sure. Tell it like it is.
"We will take no lectures from John McCain, who is cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office his is seeking."
"McCain wrong on Palin earmarks" The Los Angeles Times does some fact-checking and lie exposing.
John McCain got it wrong Friday when he asserted that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had not requested any earmarks, the spending directives lawmakers insert in spending bills that McCain has vowed to eliminate. Palin, in fact, requested $198 million in federal earmarks in February, including such expenses as $487,000 to fight obesity in Alaska and $4 million to develop recreational trails.
After eight years of George Bush, Americans are tired of being lied to. Yet here comes John McCain, doing more of the same.
What I find amazing is that this is the same John McCain who was so fond of claiming (falsely) that Barack Obama is willing to lose a war in order to win an election. And now McCain is showing that he is willing to lose his honor in order to win the presidency.
There's only one thing for both Obama and voters to do: release some righteous rage. Refuse to play Karl Rove's games again. Stand up for truth, justice, and the American way.
Not John McCain's lying way.