Monday, September 15, 2008

John McCain: Betting on The Stupidity of Americans

John McCain is betting on your stupidity to win the White House. He thinks he can lie about his opponent's record and his own and you'll buy it -- no questions asked. He's willing to do anything -- lie, distort, smear -- anything to win. Sound familiar?

George Bush lied us into a war in Iraq. John McCain is lying to keep us there for as long as possible. More money for more wars means no money for social security, medicare, healthcare, jobs, alternative energy, education, infrastructure and just about everything else Americans care about.

I'm betting Americans are not stupid enough to be fooled -- again. Emperor McSame has no clothes.
  • Robert J. Elisberg: Grant McCain's Wish
    "It's About John McCain. It's All About John McCain. It's Only About John McCain...."
  • McCain and Palin's Top 20 Lies, Myths and Flip-Flops | Election 2008 | AlterNet

  • Blizzard of Lies |
    "This year, the McCain campaign keeps making assertions that anyone with an Internet connection can disprove in a minute.


    What it says, I’d argue, is that the Obama campaign is wrong to suggest that a McCain-Palin administration would just be a continuation of Bush-Cheney. If the way John McCain and Sarah Palin are campaigning is any indication, it would be much, much worse."

  • John McCain: "The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
    "John McCain at a town hall meeting in Florida on Monday morning: "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."

    If John McCain thinks that 'the fundamentals of our economy are strong,' then that phrase is effectively meaningless. Unemployment is at a five-year high, consumer spending is predicted to decline this fiscal quarter for the first time in 17 years, and we are currently undergoing the worst housing bust since the Great Depression...."
  • The Palin Doctrine: Why the Neocons Are So Excited
    "Sarah Palin may not have known what the Bush Doctrine was, but we're getting a pretty good idea of what the Palin Doctrine is. Or will be -- because it's still currently under construction. And what is it going to look like? Let's just say, it's going to seem familiar.

    According to London's Daily Telegraph, the architects of the Palin Doctrine are a group of people who have been singularly wrong about virtually everything in the last decade -- the neocons, who have been briefing Palin for weeks.

    As predicted, the fact that she didn't know anything wasn't a bug, it was a feature. She's perfect for the neocons: likeable on the outside, a blank slate on the inside. To borrow from an old clich�, if Sarah Palin didn't exist, the neocons would have had to invent her...."
  • Jared Bernstein: You Can't Fool All the People All the Time:
    "...McCain/Palin? Thanks, But No Thanks...."
  • Chris Kelly: Sarah Palin Isn't Not Not Dis-Un-Lying About Banning Books

  • Fired Commissioner: Palin Lied To ABC

  • Palin Tax Mystery Enters Second Week: Itemizing The Questions

  • Palin Met By Over A Thousand Protesters In Anchorage (VIDEO)

  • Karl Rove: McCain's Ads Have Gone Too Far (VIDEO)

  • Palin Gets the Facts Wrong in ABC Interview | Video | AlterNet

  • Bering Straight Talk |
    "An Arctic blast of action has swept into the 2008 presidential race, making thinking passé. Presidential candidates don’t really need to think; just intimidate...."
  • Making America Stupid |
    "Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode...."
  • The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket |
    "The cunning of the Palin choice is that a candidate who embodies fear of change can be sold as a “maverick” because she looks the part...." Even if she isn't...
  • Author Of Book Palin Targeted Lashes Back: She's My Mortal Enemy:
    "The author of the book Sarah Palin reportedly tried to have removed from her hometown library blasted back Saturday evening, saying the Alaska Governor had a 'small-town mind,' was an enemy of intellectual freedom and a 'disastrous choice' for vice president.

    'I rather suspected one of my books might be the one she targeted,' said Michael Willhoite, author of 'Daddy's Roomate' and several other children's books. 'I can tell you right now, Ms. Palin is a very good mother and everything. But she is my mortal enemy. She is one of the enemies of the First Amendment and I can hardly [organize] my thoughts here, I am so offended by this.'"
  • Palin: Bush with Boobs |
    "Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes..." Sound familiar?
    John McCain thinks he can lie his way into the White House -- because you're too stupid to realize he is lying. He has sacrificed his credibility and integrity in order to win the election in much the same way Bush & Co. lied us into a war. If McCain runs his campaign on lies, smears, and distortions -- how do you think he will run the government? How will you know when he is telling the truth? Or lying us into a way with Iran or Russia?
  • Erica Jong: Not That Stupid: Erica Jong's Dear John Letter:
    "We have checked. You are lying and so is she. But you must think that a big lie repeated over and over becomes the truth. And it seems that many Americans are with you on that.

    You are so good at the bold-faced lie that you even seem to believe it yourself. When Barbara Walters and Joy Behar accused you of lying on 'The View,' you claimed you weren't.

    I guess your handlers have decided that after eight years of Cheney-Bush saying one thing and doing another, truth no longer has any meaning. Say it often enough and we'll believe anything -- like the good commercial-watchers we are. So, prep Sarah to sound like Hillary -- and we'll be fooled.

    It remains to be seen how many will.

    But one thing is clear. You have reached a new low in your regard for the public. You have blown your credibility. Usually politicians wait to be elected to do that...."
  • McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin | Los Angeles Times:
    "Three times in recent years, the Arizona senator's lists of 'objectionable' pork spending have included earmarks requested by his new running mate...."
  • Palin's earmark request this year | Los Angeles Times:
    "Major parts of this year's request
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin submitted a request this year for 31 federal earmarks worth $197.8 million. Her memo and the list of projects can be found on the website of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens at Here are the biggest earmarks:

    $71 million to build sanitation systems in rural areas

    $25 million to compensate for reductions in the salmon harvest

    $13.7 million to create a military readiness center

    $10.4 million to install runway lighting at rural airports

    $10 million to install large-diameter fish passage culverts

    $8.7 million to recruit and train workers to build a natural gas pipeline

    $6.3 million to upgrade communications for Alaska's Air National Guard 168th Air Refueling Wing

    $5 million to help schools meet No Child Left Behind requirements

    $4 million to build and maintain recreation trails

    $4 million to conserve salmon in the Yukon River

    Source: State of Alaska

    Los Angeles Times"
  • McCain wrong on Palin earmarks | Los Angeles Times

  • Woodward: McCain Privately Pessimistic About Iraq in 2007 |
    "...a new book by The Post's Bob Woodward suggests that McCain has not always been as forthcoming with the public as he has pledged to be.

    Woodward's latest book about the Iraq war, 'The War Within,' portrays McCain as offering a rosy assessment to the public about the surge's progress while privately telling U.S. officials he thought the country was on the brink of losing the war...."
  • More Lies: Palin never went to Iraq | The Boston Globe

  • McCain-Palin Crowd-Size Estimates Not Backed by Officials |

  • From "Maverick" to Mudslinger |
    "McCain: Mr. Straight Talk?" Hardly...
  • t r u t h o u t | Wisconsin GOP Trying to Disenfranchise Voters
    Steven Elbow, The Capital Times: "A lawsuit filed by the state attorney general Wednesday has the potential to slow down voting lines in what promises to be a staggering turnout for the Nov. 4 election, local voting officials said. 'It will disenfranchise voters. That's what we're concerned about,' City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, filed the lawsuit Monday in Dane County Circuit Court to get ineligible voters off the rolls."
  • t r u t h o u t | Campaign of Lies Disgraces McCain
    The St. Petersburg Times: "This nation is facing real challenges on the economy, health care, jobs and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are significant differences between how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain would address them. But McCain's recent campaign ads suggest the most vital issues are whether Obama wanted to teach sex education to kindergarten children and whether he derided the Republican's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, by talking about lipstick on a pig. McCain's straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him."
  • McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions -

  • Gov. Palin’s Worldview |
    "If John McCain seriously thought Gov. Sarah Palin was qualified to be president, it raises profound questions about his judgment...."
  • She’s Not Ready |
    "While watching the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson Thursday night, and the coverage of the Palin phenomenon in general, I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail...."
  • McCain Grilled On "The View": Sarah Palin, His Abortion Stance, His Obama Attack Ads, And More

  • Keith Olbermann Blasts McCain for Exploiting 9/11 | Video | AlterNet

  • Did McCain Tamper With the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career? | AlterNet:
    "McCain appears to have used his Senate staff to cover up his wife's drug use, and possibly to prevent the DEA from investigating her...."

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