McCain Lies About Lying

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.”

Yet it was widely reported that it was McCain himself who was silent and made no contribution. I think Josh Marshall puts it best when he says:

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)


7 responses to “McCain Lies About Lying

  1. The man is proving himself to be a pathological liar, resorting to increasingly desperate and disgraceful ploys to try and turn the momentum back his way.

    Trouble is, the media momentum is not with him right now – they are tending to focus more on Republican spin and gaffe than they are Democrat. Neither side is clean in this, but it seems like McCain is doing it much more brazenly and he’s been called out on it much more as a result.

  2. I think the media do get quite an accurate feel for the way the narrative is starting to go. In 2004 John Kerry was a more intelligent and more articulate alternative to W but Kerry a) didn’t have a groundswell of public opinion creating an alternate narrative and b) was eviscerated by a ruthless GOP attack machine which rarely put a foot wrong.

    Obama now has the added advantage of a Republican Party which is fragmenting as well, as the truth of the electoral cycle is starting reveal itself yet again. It’s time to swing back to the Democrats and I think it would now take a genuinely scary development to change that. McCain really ain’t going to win.

  3. The polls at the moment seem to be developing that way too – virtually all the states in play are swinging to Obama – the real tossups are leaning to him, those leaning to him are strengthening, and those leaning to McCain are leaning towards tossups – Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, Nevada are heading his way after being tossups or weak McCain and states like West Virginia are weakening for McCain.

    We still have quite a way to go here but it looks like the Republican Convention bounce has well and truly worked through and the previous pattern has re-asserted itself, and is perhaps even strengthening. On these numbers it will be a comfortable win for the Democrats.

    Shame they can’t do this thing now, get it done with.

  4. i couldn’t agree with you more, good sir. i just hope that there’s more people like you and i out there, seeing this BS for what it is.

    it’s worth noting that phil gramm, mccain’s own economic adviser, actually started this financial disaster in his 1999 deregulation of the financial industry.

    read more about it at

    spread the word.

  5. One interesting thing, that I think is having an effect on this election at the level of the undercurrent – not big enough in and of itself to be a major issue but one that people are noting and is helping them decide – is McCain’s clear and abiding disdain and lack of warmth toward Obama.

    It was widely observed in the first debate that McCain rarely made eye contact with Obama or even looked in his direction, and spent a lot of time sneering or muttering under his breath when Obama was speaking.

    I think it’s one thing that led to the perceptions that Obama won the debate and that Obama’s “presidential” appeal went up.

    It’s got people watching how they interact with each other and so far it seems like Obama has made more cordial overtures but has been largely and clearly rebuffed.

    reports of another encounter between them, this time on the Senate floor last night – and again, it seems like Obama played the “reach across the aisle” card (apparently it CAN be done from that far on the left), and McCain was once again one notch above rude.

    I think this plays really badly with the American electorate in general – they want to see statesmanlike behaviour from their President, even towards adversaries. This sort of snarly petulance McCain can’t seem to help adopting is doing him no favours at all, and reports suggest that this is a character flaw in the man, not the first time this behaviour has manifested itself towards rivals.

    Worth keeping an eye on along with all the other things in play.

  6. Hmm McCain has been far more verbose and windbaggy this week. it doesn’t help him and he did far better as a uniter than divider. My view of Obama went up in several quadrants though it doesn’t help escape the two main under stories.

    1. the democrats had 90 no votes in the House chamber. They can blame it on the republicans all they want however both sides engineered the vote to lay the blame on the other side.

    2. the failure of Freddie and Fannie are far easier to lay at the feet of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

    Personally both sides have a fair hand in trying to pump up low income home mortagages however neither side realized that a simple increase in the defaulting rate from 2.5% to 5% would create ripples in the finance market that would showcase the firms that were over extended. That coupled with failures in securities insurance, snow balled into a mess that is costing over a trillion to fix.

    As for politicians lying, I really can’t care, I’ve never heard a politician speak the truth, and when they have, they’ve been ridiculed. So I refuse to be led into a red herring discussion where one expresses outrage over behaviour that is over looked for the opposing party. Did Biden’s helicopter get forced down by enemy forces? Did Obama really gain deep foreign policy experience in a two week trip around the world? Did his one day trip to Iraq and and Afghanistan truly get him involved in the strategies that we are employing? It’s all crap and all we are looking for is someone that seems like they can hold their shit together on TV and not embarrass us while their aides and generals do the grunt work.

  7. Right now McCain is in a lot of difficulty and he needs the sort of turnaround he pulled off in his primary season – he needs something that will turn the game right around again.

    He’s pulling resources out of Michigan, a state earlier on he hoped to turn red but which is completely failing to be wooed. He’s putting resources into Indiana, a state which hasn’t chosen a Democrat in the Electoral College since 1964 but is suddenly in actual danger of swinging blue. The only swing state as we understand the term based on recent past elections, that is currently still in McCain’s column is Missouri and that’s a statistical dead heat in reality.

    Never mind going on the attack, the RNC is pouring finite resources into defending states now he expected to win without needing special attention.

    You look at October 2’s map and it suggests bad trouble for McCain – even normally solid Republican states in the past are now showing up as weak Republican – Texas, Mississippi, Georgia – will probably still vote McCain but may require him to spend valuable time and money shoring them up.

    If normal election rules apply (and there’s no guarantee they will this time with what’s been going on), then at this point the opinions tend to firm up and there are rarely major changes in the month of October in polling data – there may be slight shifts here or there but it’s very rare for a candidate to overturn a deficit in October and end it in the lead.

    Frankly, he needs Palin to trounce Biden and then needs to trounce Obama twice – this is at a minimum, to start to turn the polling back his way. He’s really on the skids right now and every day brings new stories of him jarring the electorate – if not him then Palin.

    Expect him to go VERY negative soon.

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