TPM notes that Obama’s campaign hit McCain where he lives.. on the “honor and integrity” meme that’s part of his maverick-hero image. This is after his appearance on The View, where Joy Behar told McCain that a lot of his oft-repeated campaign statements are lies. Right to his face. I love Joy.
Today on “The View,” John McCain defended his campaign’s latest ad campaign, which has been debunked repeatedly as both false and sleazy. In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.
A TPM commenter noted approvingly that criticizing McCain on the meme will gar-on-tee a response, and that McCain will over-react, thus demonstrating his legendary temper.
Then over on Kos, they have a different quote by a different Obama spokesperson.
Sleazy and Dishonorable
“We will take no lectures from John McCain who is cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history. His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office he is seeking.”
There again, comparing it to the previous least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history… yes, that whisper campaign in the 2000 election that Rove [click Enter Salon] ran against McCain. Actually, there was the “questions about McCain’s mental health, hot temper, and skin lesions” one first, and then there was the really nasty one about his adopted daughter in South Carolina. McCain certainly seems to have learned from these experiences… at least enough to pick up some of the same personnel that pulled this crap and put them on his payroll.
I guess you can teach the old dog new tricks, but you might not like the ones he decides to learn.
And I’d just like add an imprecatory prayer or two on behalf of good old Karl, who deserves a special place in the Afterlife for some of the other things he’s done.