"McCain’s lying ads have gone “too far” warns … Karl Rove!"
When a skunk calls you smelly, you must really stink.
Here is the master of political disaster dissing his disciple’s ads on FoxNews today (transcript here):
Don’t worry, forces of darkness. Rove has not suddenly been replaced by his less-evil twin. At the end of the clip, for instance, he says:
You can’t trust the fact-check organizations, with all due respect.
Rove still hates all things fact-based. And you have to love his use of “with all due respect.” Karl Rove is due about as much respect as … oh, I don’t know, what’s that guy’s name, it’s on the tip of my tongue, could it be … SATAN?
The one liners write themselves. TalkingPointsMemo — a must-read for political junkies — says
I welcome similar zingers from readers.
More seriously, though, even the normally cajones-less media is reeling back in horror at what McCain has become. The just-the-facts Associated Press headlines a piece, “Analysis: McCain’s claims skirt facts, test voters” that opens:
The “Straight Talk Express” has detoured into doublespeak
The piece debunks for the umpteenth time the Sarah Palin lie that she killed the federally funded Bridge to Nowhere — a lie she continues to tell (for the ninth time) as recently as yesterday.
On Sunday, the St. Petersburg Times ran an editorial entitled: “Campaign Of Lies Disgraces McCain,” which opines:
McCain’s straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him.
I do think this lying is important to focus on here at Climate Progress for three reasons. First, many of the biggest lies involve a core focus of this blog — clean energy (see “Why McCain hates renewables but pretends he loves them” and “No wonder the race is close: Even Apollo Alliance is suckered by McCain’s lies and doubletalk” and “Anti-wind McCain delivers climate remarks at foreign wind company“).
Second, the lies go directly to the character of the person who may be the next president of the United States (and the character of his vice president) and thus whether he is candidate to take on the issue of the century, global warming (see “What are the moral implications of the Palin pick?“).
Third, the biggest challenge we face in the effort to motivate the action needed to avoid catastrophic climate change is the “campaign of lies” by the global warming deniers and delayers. The fundamental challenge facing all of us who work on this issue — how do you win a debate with unrepentant liars in a world where the media only occasionally plays its key role of umpire calling balls and strikes fairly (see “Media enable denier spin 2: What if the MSM simply can’t cover humanity’s self-destruction?“? That will also be the subject of a later post.
If the last 7 years have taught us anything, it is the dangers of entrusting the highest offices in the land to two pathological liars.
- The difficulty of debunking a myth
- Chris Mooney: Does refuting Deniers only strengthen and empower them?
- McCain tells the mother of all lies about the soccer mom
- In HIS big speech, McCain’s 10 energy lies top Palin’s 4 energy lies
- In her big speech, Palin repeats the GOP’s big energy lie — plus three other energy lies, too
- The Big Energy Lie