Every time the McCain campaign stoops low, don't think they'll stop there. Soon they'll stoop even lower. It's all part of the game to keep their opponent off track.
We had the "lipstick on a pig" nonsense. Then we recently had another ad stating that Barack Obama wanted sex education for kindergartners.
As quoted in the New York Times under "Ad on Sex Education Distorts Obama Policy" (9/10/08), Obama stated in 2004, "“I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old daughter, and one of the things my wife and I talked to our daughter about is the possibility of somebody touching them inappropriately, and what that might mean. And that was included specifically in the law, so that kindergartners are able to exercise some possible protection against abuse, because I have family members as well as friends who suffered abuse at that age.”
Leave it to the McCain campaign to completely distort Obama's intention to protect children.
A recent analysis in Politico, "Why McCain is Going So Negative" (9/14/08), comments on McCain's transformation through such dishonest tactics: "The furor presents a breathtaking contrast to McCain’s image as a kind of anti-politician who plays fair, disdains politics as usual and has never forgotten how his 2000 presidential campaign was incinerated by a series of loathsome dirty tricks in the South Carolina primary."
No, McCain hasn't forgotten George Bush's loathsome tactics in 2000. He remembers them well enough to adapt them.
McCain tacticians past and present state that they had to go negative because they weren't getting adequate attention. According to spokesman Brian Rogers, "“We ran a different kind of campaign and nobody cared about us. They didn’t cover John McCain. So now you’ve got to be forward-leaning in everything."
"Forward-leaning"? That's a nice euphemism for slime and deception.
Campaign manager Rick Davis stated that the focus is on personalities, not issues. Rogers confirms that point: "...the campaign is fundamentally about him (Obama)." John Weaver, former McCain strategist, asserts that the campaign wants to avoid the issues: "“Every day not talking about the economy, the war and how to fix a broken system is a victory for McCain. They’re going to ride it as long as they can and as long as the mainstream media puts up every ridiculous charge.”
The Republicans clearly want to distract the country from issues for which they have no answers, particularly coming from a candidate who provided constant support for George Bush.
What does it say for a candidate if the only way he can attract attention is by lying and picking an unqualified, extremist running mate? What does it say about the media when it "puts up every ridiculous charge"? What will it say about the country if these vicious lies work?