When I read that Bush had stated John McCain was a “true conservative” I almost choked on my coffee! Do President Bush and the GOP believe that Americans have forgotten the 2000 Presidential elections? I haven’t, and neither should you, especially in light of Bush’s recent about-face in regard John McCain:
Bush Calls McCain a ‘True Conservative’
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
President Bush today defended Sen. John McCain’s conservative credentials against critics within the Republican Party, calling the Arizona senator a “true conservative.”
In his most expansive comments yet on the 2008 presidential election, Bush said on “Fox News Sunday” that McCain is strong on national defense and taxes and is pro-life. “His principles are sound and solid, as far as I’m concerned,” the president said.
But Bush acknowledged that McCain has “some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative.” The president added, “I’ll be glad to help him,” should McCain win the GOP nomination. MORE
I don’t care for John McCain, however, whether I like him or not, the way that he was “swiftboated” in the 2000 Presidential elections was unconscionable and immoral, especially to a veteran that had served his country in war and spent years as a POW. Americans need to refresh their memories and go back a few years and remember what our two-faced President and the GOP said about John McCain - by and through the manipulations of Carl Rove - and others, who were acting under the supervision of Bush and Cheney:
“What Bush did to McCain in the 2000 S. C. primary”
FACT SHEET: (Excerpts)
Bush Waged Nasty Smear Campaign Against McCain in 2000
Bush Supporters Called McCain “The f*g Candidate.” In South Carolina, Bush supporters circulated church fliers that labeled McCain “the f*g candidate.” Columnist Frank Rich noted that the fliers were distributed “even as Bush subtly reinforced that message by indicating he wouldn’t hire openly gay people for his administration.”
McCain Slurs Included Illegitimate Children, Homosexuality And A Drug-Addict Wife.
Among the rumors circulated against McCain in 2000 in South Carolina was that his adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually black, that McCain was both gay and cheated on his wife, and that his wife Cindy was a drug addict.”
Bush Campaign Used Code Words to Question McCain’s Temper.
“A smear campaign of the ugliest sort is now coursing through the contest for the presidency in 2000. Using the code word “temper,” a group of Senate Republicans, and at least some outriders of the George W. Bush campaign, are spreading the word that John McCain is unstable. The subtext, also suggested in this whispering campaign, is that he returned from 5 1/2 years as a POW in North Vietnam with a loose screw. And it is bruited about that he shouldn’t be entrusted with nuclear weapons.”
Bush Supporters Questioned McCain’s Sanity.
“Some of George W. Bush’s supporters have questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s fitness for the White House, suggesting that his five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam drove him insane at the time.”
Bush Supporters Spread Racist Rumors About McCain’s Daughter.
Bush supporters in South Carolina made race-baiting phone calls saying that McCain had a “black child.” The McCains’ daughter, Bridget, was adopted from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. In August 2000, columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that the McCains “are still seething about Bush supporters in South Carolina spreading word of their dark-skinned adopted daughter.”
Rove Suggests Former POW McCain Committed Treason and Fathered Child With Black Prostitute.
In 2000, McCain operatives in SC accused Rove of spreading rumors against McCain, such as “suggestions that McCain had committed treason while a prisoner of war, and had fathered a child by a black prostitute,” according to the New Yorker.