The other day John McCain decried the failure of the Wall Street bailout legislation, blaming:
“Senator Obama and his allies (who) have used unnecessary partisanship… Now it’s time for all members of Congress to go back to the drawing board. I call on Congress to get back immediately to address this crisis. The challenges facing our economy could have a grave impact on every American worker… if our leaders fail to act.”
This was despite the bill having been voted down by his own party, remember. Well today the biggest liar in political history denied he’d ever blamed Obama. Seems pretty cut and dried to me, but watch his account of it:
In his most cynical move yet, he then followed this interview up with an attack ad against Obama…blaming him for the failure of the bailout vote!
The ad suggests that Fannie and Freddie are largely to blame for the crisis, and says that McCain pushed for stronger regulation of the mortgage giants, “while Mr. Obama was notably silent.”
McCain has revealed himself as a liar well outside the permissive standards applied to politicians. He’s shown himself to be reckless to the point of instability, repeatedly putting the country at risk (exploiting the Georgia crisis, picking Palin, storming the bailout negotiations) for transparently self-serving reasons. And in too many ways to count, he’s conducted his campaign in disgraceful and dishonorable ways.
Perhaps the most telling thing is that McCain was willing flush that reputation down the drain, betray everything he pretended to stand for, all to be president. If he wins, it will all have been worth it. He was happy to sacrifice one for the other. And now he may end up with neither.
(via Andrew Sullivan)