9.15.2008

Straight Double Talk Express

Regardless of what your politics are, it's disgusting how the McCain campaign has gotten away with flat out lies, double standards and -- to use a word I absolutely hate -- flip-flopping. I'm not saying that Obama is perfect. Sure, he may have changed his stance on a few issues, but not like this. Karl Rove is running a campaign of lies, hoping that if he keeps repeating them as truth everyone will start to believe him and ignore the obvious facts.

Example: A key part of Palin's stump speech is her line "I said thanks, but no thanks to Congress and that Bridge to Nowhere." Anyone with half a brain and a internet connection can find out that it's a flat out lie. She was before it before she was ever against it. If you've noticed in the news, that line is absent from her speeches when she was in Alaska. Maybe because they know first-hand what she really thought about that little bridge.

The Republicans have been railing for months about the inexperience of Obama and some of the people on his short-list of VP candidates, then praise Palin for her wonderful job running a 6,000-person town and being the governor of Alaska for a couple of years. Are you serious?

I know I'm dwelling on Palin because of the recent media storm around her, but it's everyone. McCain switches back and forth about whether he thinks the economy is better off or worse off than it was eight years ago. (Sidenote: there's a interesting article in the Washinton Post about the economy and how it's not as bad as the media and politicians want you to think. Worth the read.)

You know it's bad when bullshitter extraodinaire Rove admits that the recent McCain ads haven't passed the "100 percent truth test."

BlueNC blogger jlgolden hits the nail on the head when he says that the McCain campaign is running on two fundamental principles, the "Politics of Deception," and the "Politics of Distraction." He hammers the point home with this quote by Joseph Goebbels:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

If you don't believe me, check out the videos below. Yeah, one of them is from The Daily Show, but, if you ask me, Jon Stewart is one of the best political news anchors out there.




And if you haven't seen it yet, Tina Fey did a picture perfect impersonation of Palin on this weeks Saturday Night Live.

UPDATE: Apparently Palin thought SNL was pretty funny: “She (Palin) thought it was quite funny particularly because she dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween once.”

2 comments:

Chris Monaghan said...

That John Stewart sketch was so sick.

Chris Monaghan said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-cusack/the-final-distraction-mcc_b_126672.html

Apparently John Cusack writes for the huffington post as well ;o