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John McCain's Dishonorable Campaign

Released earlier today:

A past ad by Obama released a few days ago criticized the aging, out-of-touch McCain's self-proclaimed unfamiliarity with the internet, which prompted yet another lie from the Republicans stating that John McCain can't use the internet because of his war injuries.

Beside the point of how callous it was for Obama to mock McCain for supposedly not knowing how to email, when the reason is McCain's war injuries[...]

That's yet another lie:


Of course, this directly contradicts what McCain and his campaign manager have said. McCain told the New York Times in July:

"I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don't expect to be a great communicator, I don't expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need."

Campaign manager Rick Davis said in June that McCain would grab Blackberrys from reporters and tool around on the internet:

"He actually is, he always is grabbing people's Blackberrys on the bus. In fact, no reporter's Blackberry is safe from his prying eyes. He loves to tool around on the internet, he especially loves the videos that get produced that usually poke fun at him. I think that's his most entertaining part of the internet."

And in a Politico interview, McCain said again that he uses a blackberry and plans to go online:

"I use the Blackberry, but I don't e-mail, I've never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. I have the luxury of being in contact with them literally all the time."

Republicans are playing the victim again.

UPDATE: Now you can count along at home as McCain's lies are tallied:

The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, added a "Count the Lies" webpage that lists articles from independent, nonpartisan fact checkers about claims made by McCain, his campaign, or his surrogates-- 51 and counting so far.

"John McCain's decision to run one of the most dishonest and dishonorable presidential campaigns in history is one more reason to reject his promise of more of the same failed policies and broken politics," said DNC spokesman Damien LaVera. "John McCain has kept his promise to run a new kind of campaign, but unfortunately that has meant going to new lows. Why should the voters trust John McCain with our country's future when he doesn't respect them enough to honestly defend his flawed and out of touch agenda?"

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Comments (9)

Well, here is another article talking about McCain not using a keyboard.
Looks like it'll be a battle to determine who is lying.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

And there is a picture of John McCain using a blackberry int he post above.

Obviously he's learning how to get on that internetty thing, as the many quotes in the post above state.

Yup, and the keyboard on the Blackberry requires a different set of muscles to work.

In other news, the sky is blue.


So he's constantly on the internet and checking out other people's blackberry?

Which of course totally rebuts the "out of touch" thrust of the initial Obama ad. Thank you for admitting that the "out of touch" ad was a false smear.

You Obamans are really bad at this, aren't you?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

The 'out of touch' ad quotes McCain in saying he can't use a computer, doesn't know how to send an email -- all of which McCain was obviously embarrassed by, and obviously he's more recently taking steps to learn that internetty thing.

It wasn't a false smear - it was accurate and the quotes were sourced right there in the ad...

...but McCain is making an effort. Good for him.

Of course, if he's using blackberry's then the lie that he can't go on the internet because of his "war injuries" is total bullshit, but some of the right wing liars are better than others...

The right wingers said McCain couldn't use a keyboard. Like a typewriter keyboard, like the keyboard type thing that hooks into a computer, ya know, with a keyboard.

If you haven't noticed, the claim was that McCain couldn't use a keyboard. He can use a blackberry of some other such utensil to access the internet & send email, but he can't use a keyboard.


Somebody can't tell the difference between fingers and thumbs. Somebody can't tell the difference between browsing websites and setting up and posting in your own blog. Somebody can't tell the difference between schoolyard mockery and a political campaign.

Doubting Thomas:

"Somebody can't tell the difference between schoolyard mockery and a political campaign."

This year, are you sure there's a difference?

There's a guy out at work who lost his forearms in a high-voltage industrial accident. He's got Dragon Dictate on his system - and it's far from being a cure-all, or even simple to use. We've been working on getting him really going well with it, and it's been 5 years, four program upgrades, two computer replacements for faster machines, about five or six different microphone arrays to find the one with the fewest errors... and he's working tolerably well at this point.

Of all the issues this year, it seems a pretty small one.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Republicans claiming "poor John McCain is an internet Fool because of his war injuries you big bad Democratic bullies!!!" will always remain one of the highlights in my view...


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