The media folks keep quoting something from the Bush campaign along the lines of "now they are going to start going negative." Uh. I live near Pennsylvania. The McCain campaign has been negative from the get-go, running a campaign of lies like the idea that Obama supported sex education for kindergarten children. I think that's a pretty ugly negative lie. The McCain teams lies ARE getting more intense and slanderous and even more dishonest in the crap they are peddling, but why is the media once again letting them control the story and allow them to act as if they are just now beginning to get negative? Agggh.
What makes me happy a bit is that the negative campaigning seems to have backfired on them. Obama has a big lead in Pennsylvania. Maybe virtue really will win out for a change.
That "sweet soccer mom" Sarah Palin's has been spewing venomous slander for the past couple of days, accusing Senator Obama of "palling around with terrorists," and distorting the meaning of a very serious (and accurate) comment about the situation in Afghanistan and then impugning Mr. Obama's patriotism, saying it "disqualifies" him for the job. The McCain campaign is also running an add called "dishonorable" using this same half of an out of context quote. Here's factcheck.org's analysis. What Obama was actually saying was that we need more troops to avoid the kinds of civilian deaths that have been occurring. Mr. McCain said much the same thing about troops in Kosovo in 2000. Is he dishonorable? Disqualified? Does that means Sarah gets to run alone?
For a "what would Jesus do?" kind of person, who is allegedly motivated by her faith, I find Mrs. Palin's capacity for telling lies to be very incongruous with who she thinks she is. Equally disturbing and sick to me is that the crowds she talking to seem to be eating the lies up and spewing phrases like: "Treason," and "Kill him... "
What are the facts? Check this article for detailed rebuttals. But suppose the facts don't matter to you, let's look at why this is supposedly important. McCain/Palin claim that Obama's casual acquaintance with Ayers, the so-called "terrorist," (whose crimes were committed when Obama was 8 years old and who is currently a highly respected citizen) speaks to his judgment. Given that logic, what does McCain's deep personal involvement with Charles Keating say about HIS judgment? What does it say about his integrity? He used his narrow escape from being convicted himself in this scandal, to create a reputation as a maverick, but learning the story of the Keating Five in this vide0, reading more biographical material about McCain (I highly recommend this article), makes me doubt very much that McCain is anything more than a man who will do and say anything to further his own interests. Another member of the accused Keating Five, Senator Diconcini, recently said that he felt McCain's Keating connection should be open to scrutiny.
Then there's the reported threat that the Republicans are going to raise the specter of Obama's former pastor the Rev. Wright. Perhaps before they do that, they should examine the demented folks they call pastors. Here's some information from a reporter who writes regularly at Huffington Post, Cenk Uygur:
Rudy Giuliani's priest has been accused in grand jury proceedings of molesting several children and covering up the molestation of others. Giuliani would not disavow him on the campaign trail and still works with him.
Mitt Romney was part of a church that did not view black Americans as equals and actively discriminated against them. He stayed with that church all the way into his early thirties, until they were finally forced to change their policies to come into compliance with civil rights legislation. Romney never disavowed his church back then or now. He said he was proud of the faith of his fathers.
Jerry Falwell said America had 9/11 coming because we tolerated gays, feminists and liberals. It was our fault. Our chickens had come home to roost, if you will. John McCain proudly received his support and even spoke at his university's commencement.
Reverend John Hagee has called the Catholic Church the "Great Whore." He has said that the Anti-Christ will rise out of the European Union (of course, the Anti-Christ will also be Jewish). He has said all Muslims are trained to kill and will be part of the devil's army when Armageddon comes (which he hopes is soon). John McCain continues to say he is proud of Reverend Hagee's endorsement.
Reverend Rod Parsley believes America was founded to destroy Islam. Since this is such an outlandish claim, I have to add for the record, that he is not kidding. Reverend Parsley says Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" brought down from a "demon spirit." Of course, we are in a war against all Muslims, including presumably Muslim-Americans. Buts since Parsley believes this is a Christian nation and that it should be run as a theocracy, he is not very concerned what Muslim-Americans think.
John McCain says Reverend Rod Parsley is his "spiritual guide."
But then all of Mrs. Palin's new attacks are tinged with subtle and not so subtle racist overtones. That, however is a topic for another day.
It has taken me all day to finally get ready to post this. There is SO much ugly dishonesty and slander coming out of the McCain camp that I don't know how not to be repulsed and angry. And the thing about slander is that it's hard to correct. First, people who want to believe lies will believe them. Second, there is so much crud and lies and counter-lies to dig through that it becomes difficult if not impossible to actually sort through and find the truth. One of the sources CNN was using to fact check the Ayers story is someone who I read in another source is one of the people who wrote some of the original inaccurate and distorted stories. Great fact checker.
And just for closing.... Because he has wit and I like him, here's Keith Olberman. He says this much better than I could have and points out some very interesting terrorist skeletons in the McCain and Palin closets. Oops.