The Flip Wilson defense.
Some voters who had previously thought John McCain was a straight talking independent maverick full of honor and integrity have been disappointed by the Arizona senator's campaign for president. These voters have been bombarded with numerous lies and smears offered up by McCain's campaign, especially in the last week to ten days.
Lies like this one yesterday when McCain was a guest on The View....
Voters who previously believed that John McCain was a straight talker, a straight talker who labeled his campaign bus "The Straight Talk Express" because he was such a straight talker, have been greatly troubled by McCain's contradictions of late. Contradictions like picking Sarah Palin, a mayor of a small town and a short-time governor, to help lead the country.
(31 seconds) "Mayors, governors for a short period of time unprepared"
Many voters have been disturbed by the deceitful sleaziness the honorable POW veteran has been demonstrating in some of his self-approved campaign ads. Ads of deceit like this one....
McCain's campaign is portraying Obama as a leering pervert, or worse yet, a pedophile. McCain's surrogates, just yesterday, defended this ad as being accurate. McCain approved the ad, yet no sane person believes the lying message it contains. McCain's campaign is now directed by Karl Rove, the same person who 8 years ago portrayed John McCain as having fathered a black child.
The McCain campaign has now issued a defense of all these lies, deceptions, contradictions and distortions. A defense that only Flip Wilson, or the devil himself, can fully comprehend....
"I think the tone of this whole campaign would have been very different if Senator Obama had accepted my request for us to appear in town hall meetings all across America, the same way Jack Kennedy and Barry Goldwater had agreed to do so. I know that because I”ve been in enough campaigns.”
Translating that gem-laden statement: ....."Obama made me do it,....it's his fault that I have to lie, deceive, and distort. I didn't want to have to do it....but Obama forced me into it by not relenting and agreeing to a bunch of town hall style meetings like I wanted."
In short, this type of thinking is what we've witnessed during the 8 years of Bush-Cheney. Punishing truth-tellers and whistleblowers by firing them, blackballing them....or in the case of Valerie and Joe Wilson....trying to ruin them. Those who don't go along with their "requests", as McCain suggests Obama did by not accepting McCain's proposal, become "fair game" and bring upon themselves the lies, smears, distortions and deceptions which McCain's campaign can't help but dish out.
Pure authoritarianism. No different from the drunk who breaks up the kitchen because he's drunk and then tells the wife, "look at what you made me do."
This short exchange with Joy Behar and McCain wraps it all up...
"We know these ads are lies," said Behar. "But you say 'I approve these messages.' Do you really approve them?"
"Actually, they are not lies," answered McCain Link
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