McCain unfit to be president – Roundup

GRAPHIC: The McCain-Palin Campaign: A pig with lipstick

The latest fake ass outrage from the McCain camp coupled with a new deeply dishonest ad has set off a firestorm in the blogosphere (I still hate that word).

It is no longer disputable that McCain is running a dishonorable campaign based principally on outright lies and character assassination. Pretty much the same tactics that Bush used against him in the 2000 Republican primary fight, except that Bush had the good sense to let thinly veiled front groups so he could maintain plausible deniability.

I wanted to share with you some of the better written critiques of McCain from the last 48 hours.

Andrew Sullivan:

For me, this surreal moment – like the entire surrealism of the past ten days – is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It’s about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign?

So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so. And that decision, for my part, ends whatever respect I once had for him. On core moral issues, where this man knew what the right thing was, and had to pick between good and evil, he chose evil.

Josh Marshall:

All politicians stretch the truth, massage it into the best fit with their message. But, let’s face it, John McCain is running a campaign almost entirely based on straight up lies. Not just exaggerations or half truths but the sort of straight up, up-is-down mind-blowers we’ve become so accustomed to from the current occupants of the White House. And today McCain comes out with this rancid, race-baiting ad based on another lie. Willie Horton looks mild by comparison. (And remember, President George H.W. Bush never ran the Willie Horton ad himself. It was an outside group. He wasn’t willing to degrade himself that far.) As TPM Reader JM said below, at least Horton actually was released on a furlough. This is ugly stuff. And this is an ugly person. There’s clearly no level of sleaze this guy won’t stoop to to win this election.

Juan Cole:

Ironically, McCain, who once tried to reform political campaigns, is now the Kevin Trudeau of political commercials.


  1. Sheepywoman

    I think Sullivan hit it best; we’ve lost respect for McCain. We can dislike the guy, we can disagree with him but when I lose respect for someone, it’s over and they very rarely redeem themselves.

  2. Ian

    I don’t understand why Obama isn’t making a bigger deal about Rove joining the McCain campaign and how Rove works for Fox News. He works so hard to tie McCain to Bush, well now he has just another point to make in the argument: That McCain has chosen divisive Rove politics. He can also make the point that Fox is in the pocket of the GOP, which everyone knows anyways, but he can still say it.

  3. Ian

    I also meant to say that the problem isn’t even really the McCain campaign, its the media. They just want something to talk about for the next few days. Like I saw Chris Matthews last night going on about how the “pig” comment is really a non-issue, but then spends his whole show mentioning it.

  4. Chris

    The question for me is whether or not the media constructs a narrative about McCain being a whiner and liar. Gore was forever branded a liar by the media for his comments about the internet. Kerry had the same problem with his “for it before he was against it” nonsense.

    The trouble is the media seems unwilling to actually attribute these things to McCain. Just yesterday, James Carville and Chris Matthews both said that they don’t think McCain had anything to do with some of the more negative ads or that he really believes Obama called Palin a pig. They just think it’s campaign managers out of control. That in itself would be fine again, but the narrative there should be, “McCain can’t control his campaign, why should we trust him with the federal government?”