McCain dons the sad mantle: Deceiver-in-Chief
I remember when I realized George W. Bush was a liar. It was November 8, 2006—the day after the mid-term elections. It had taken me six years to admit the truth. A week earlier, Bush had said in no uncertain terms that Donald Rumsfeld would stay on until the end of Bush’s presidency. “Both those men are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them.” The day after the election, Rumsfeld was gone. When asked about the turn-around, the President said:
BUSH: You and Hunt and Keil [reporters] came into the Oval Office and asked me to question one week before the campaign. Basically, are you going to do something about Rumsfeld and the Vice President? […] The only way to answer that question, and get it on to another question, was to give you that answer.
Yes, he’d been talking to Rumsfeld about resigning for some time. Yes, he had been actively seeking Rumsfeld’s replacement at the time. Yes, a campaign was on and he didn’t want to affect the outcome of the election. Next question. Wait. Say what? You made a bald-faced, straight-up lie to the American people from the Oval Office in order to get votes? You lied – not for national security – but to score points in an election? Yes, uh-huh, next question. No big deal. What’s a guy supposed to do? No remorse whatsoever. Next question.
Suddenly an awful lot of things made sense. It was to become the modus operandi of the Republican party. Yes, Democrats stretch the truth too, and I despise it and let them know I do. But the look-you-in-the-face flat-out lie—that is of a different order. McCain and Palin have picked up the mantle of George Bush. And with Obama opening up a sizable lead, and independents unimpressed by McCain’s positions, deceit—and a final farewell to hard-won honor—may seem like the candidate’s only hope. Had we correctly evaluated George Bush, tens of thousands would still be alive. We dare not make that mistake again. UPDATE, 6:50P.M.: Shields up; here they go. From MSNBC: Palin: Obama ‘palling around with terrorists’
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