It's the kind of lie that gets the right wing blogosphere up on their rear haunches and bellowing, so it's no surprise that John (GWB) McCain would choose this particular lie to use over and over again against Obama -- but it is a lie, and John McCain knows it. The desperation evident in this particular attack is getting more and more press coverage, for example:
WaPo trumpets the headline: McCain's charge about Obama & troops 'lacks evidence' (emphasis mine)
"For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital (in Germany) because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true. ... A reconstruction of the circumstances surrounding Obama's decision not to visit Landstuhl, based on firsthand reporting from the trip, shows that his campaign never contemplated taking the media with him." McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds told the Post that the campaign sticks by its allegation, citing media reports as its evidence. "Asked repeatedly for the 'reports,' Bounds provided three examples, none of which alleged that Obama had wanted to take members of the media to the hospital."
They keep repeating the lie, citing "media reports" as evidence, but the media reports that they themselves provided do not back up their claim.
But you'll see (and have seen if you watch the news channels) John McCain looking America in the eyes and lying to us about this issue.
The attacks are part of a newly aggressive McCain operation whose aim is to portray the Democratic presidential candidate as a craven politician more interested in his image than in ailing soldiers, a senior McCain adviser said. They come despite repeated pledges by the Republican that he will never question his rival's patriotism.
That was another lie of McSame's -- that he would never question Obama's patriotism. Evidence that the desperation is kicking in.
The contempt that many McCain aides hold for Barack Obama rivals the contempt that McCain held for Mitt Romney a year ago. McCain's advisers know that McCain is apt to treat those held in contempt contemptuously, but no inside McCain's campaign believes that aggressively negative television ads and McCain's public dismissals will "damage one of the most unique and most popular brands in American politics."
Armbinder cites McCain's ego at the center of the desperation:
The cadre of McCain allies who aren't part of the campaign are very worried. They believe that McCain's current crop of advisers are playing to his worse instincts, particularly his pride and his ego. When McCain is privately content, he comes across publicly as happy-go-lucky and magnanimous; satisfied; when he is combative, he comes off as combative and reactive. They worry that he is obsessed with Obama's character and willing to attribute motives to Obama that are simply unbelievable outside of an echo chamber filled with those who are predisposed to believe Obama's a phony.
I watch a lot of news - hours each day, and I've seen the two faces of John McCain. At times he has a twinkle in his eye and is jovial, and actually he can be downright charming when he tries.
At other times, there is a red glow in his eyes and you see the beast rising inside of him.
Go back and listen to the question posed by the reporter. She's caught McCain in a lie herself, challenging something he told to another reporter wherein he stated he'd never had a conversation with Kerrry on this subject. Caught in his lie, McCain strikes out in anger.
McCain finally "gets a grip" towards the end (after he's successfully dodged the question) but is this the guy you want with his finger on 'the button" -- this fly-off-the-handle piss-and-vinegar codger?
He's unable these days to keep his ego in check, as evidenced by his repeated lies on the issue of Obama visiting the troops. He doesn't look very stable here...
Update: Maybe McCain is just bi-polar:
Republican Sen. John McCain, engaged in increasingly sharp attacks on rival Barack Obama, pledged that if elected president, he would work closely with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, praising her as an effective leader and an "inspiration to millions of Americans."
I take that as a sure sign that his campaign will be attacking Pelosi any minute now....
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