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John McCain: The Straight-Talk Confidence Man

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The smell of smear and patriot baiting is starting early in the McCain campaign. The current Republican pick for presidential candidate is trying to hide the smoke of his own extreme positions by dodging, blame shifting, lying about his past statements and crying "terrorist appeaser" and "tax and spend liberal" against Barak Obama. MeCain is mixing misinformation about himself with becoming a slanderer of  Democrats.

Truly McCain is beginning to look like the anointed  successor to George W. Bush. The Republicans should wear the title of "the Party of Boss Tweed". In spite of McCain's attempts to deny what he is on record as saying and deny his completely being in bed with corporate and foreign-dictator lobbyists, all one needs to do is put two and two together and you can see he advocates vintage neo-con positions on many issues. His tax cuts for the rich dwarf even George W.Bush's, for example. And his health care 'reform' amounts to small tax breaks for those who still have a job but nothing fo the many uninsured and/or jobless. The two areas he has harped on so far: are "staying in Iraq and winning" (whatever that means: he can't define just when we'll know when we've won) and 'tax and spend Barak'. 

McCain knows how to dish the dirt in a real snake-like manner, but he  becomes enraged when anyone calls him on his own inconsistencies, lies or half truths. And when confronted with past statements or positions that he now wants to distance himself from, he slips into the  "that doesn't matter" or "I don't think I said that" mode. Anybody who votes for McCain has to be willfully ignorant or else deliberately obtuse. I fail to understand how people can willfully ignore what a sleazy politician this man is. Those so-called disaffected "Democrats" and neo-cons who keep saying "I don't trust Obama" (strain at a gnat) but then swallow,whole, the hypocrisy and dirt-bag-ethics of John McCain (swallow a camel) are really little more than doctrinaire reactionaries anyway,  who simply would hate any Demcrat, no matter who it is: Hillary, Obama or whoever.

McCain is a flip-flopping weather vane who will say anything and do anything to pander to the voting blocks he needs in order to get elected. And, despite his wrapping himself in his self-proclaimed 'honor' and 'patriotism' he has a past in which he is up to his eyeballs in insider dealing and scandals that have been quickly forgotten by a biased "liberal" (guffaw) media who idolizes John McCain ever since 2000 when he schmoozed them on his 'Straight-talk' (guffaw) Express"

Facts do not bear out McCain's lies with which he seeks to cover up who he really is:

Lie #1             

One of the prevalent examples of spin circulating regarding John McCain is that he is his own man, a 'maverick' and not like George W. Bush. However, statistics show he supports Bush via Congressional votes 95% of the time. 

Lie #2

McCain lies about his record. For example, he lied about his support for investigation into the government's mismanaging of Katrina, when in fact he twice voted against an independent commission.

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Lie #3

John McCain attacked Barack Obama's opposition to the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which (among other things) called for labeling Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. McCain claims that Obama's opposition to Kyl-Lieberman  means that he also opposed calling the IRGC terrorists. The facts prove otherwise: Obama cosponsored an earlier bill that also called for designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization. The Kyl-Lieberman amendment did more than just label the IRGC terrorists. Obama stated at the time that he opposed the bill on the grounds that it constituted "saber-rattling."

McCain claims that Obama by inference must oppose calling the IRGC a terrorist group because Obama's Web site doesn't say anything about the IRGC. McCain's argument is a glaring example of the logical fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantiam

McCain misrepresents Obama's stand on naming Revolutionary Guard as terrorists.

Lie # 4 "The Liberal Media is biased in favor of Obama"

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The FACT is that the mainstream media are John McCain's allies: 

Media coverage is biased in favor of John McCain by under-reporting problems with John McCain's campaign, but severely parsing everything they can find on Barak Obama's alleged improprieties.  "Balanced" coverage to the corporate-owned, right-leaning press means hitting Obama on anything they can find, regardless of relevance,  when once in a great while they are forced  to print anything negative about John McCain.

Regardless of the relative importance of what occurs, McCain can't be criticized unless Obama is too. For example, after John McCain claimed that bringing troops the home from Iraq was "not too important"-an assertion that sent a terrible message to current soldiers and their families-the media "balanced" this with stories criticizing the background of one of the three Obama advisors "vetting" Vice-Presidential nominees. Although Obama's choice of vetters, unlike McCain's statement about Iraq, had no policy implications, it received much greater attention in the June 12 New York Times.

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