McCain’s Dishonor

This is the first truly devastating and powerful Obama ad of the fall campaign. Play it again and again, guys. It will resonate especially with the independents who once liked McCain and now see the hollow cynic he has become:

The Hollow Disgrace Of John McCain


A reader writes:

In defense of Schmidt, he comes across very credibly when he talks about the campaign and about Palin.  If nothing else, he openly admits that the pick was pure cynicism from a political operative trying to win an election, not govern a country.

Frankly that doesn’t bother me—that’s his job.  It is McCain’s job to say to Schmidt, “No Steve.  I get the political argument you are making, but she just isn’t qualified to be president.”  The real character failure here was McCain’s, and really no one else’s.  It is not dishonorable for Schmidt to suggest her and look at the potential political upside in a heated election cycle.  He is a tactician, and it’s his job to consider all options that improve his guy’s chance to win.  McCain is the one with the responsibility to think about the election AND the aftermath AND the bigger picture of what is good for America…(Country First, anyone?)

The Real McCain

Anne Applebaum and Joe Klein, like countless others, cannot support McCain because of his repulsive, vicious, negative, McCarthyite campaign and his unvetted spur-of-the-moment decision to pick Sarah Palin, an unhinged, know-nothing, delusional religious fanatic, as his veep. But Mickey argues that none of this matters – because McCain is really a good government liberal who just had to be mean to stand a chance. Does Mickey really believe that? Does he believe that McCain’s campaign and his pick of Palin tell us nothing about what kind of president he’d be? Does he believe that we have learned nothing about McCain’s character in this campaign or that character is irrelevant in a president?


That’s what McCain calls Obama in his new ad. Palin used this line in the debate. It’s part of the negative tsunami they are now unleashing on Obama, for lack of any positive message: Here’s an LA Times article from last month about air-stikes in Afghanistan. We rely heavily on aerial bombing in Afghanistan, this has caused many civilian causalities, and popular support for an American presence in Afghanistan has fallen markedly as a consequence. Acknowledging these facts isn’t an act of disrespect towards our soldiers. From