So far I’m really liking Rachel Maddow’s new MSNBC show. She reminds me a lot of what Keith Olbermann used to be (and sometimes still is). On last night’s edition she had a nice summary of precisely how pathetic the McCain campaign has been recently:
See, saying “It’s not fair the way I’m losing,” translates to the American people roughly as, “I’m a loser.” That’s the dilemma facing Barack Obama’s campaign right now, as the McCain campaign keeps lying over and over and over and over again. No, Sarah Palin did not say thanks but no thanks to that bridge to nowhere. People making $42,000 a year will be way better off under Obama’s tax plan than under McCain’s. Obama supported legislation to keep kindergarteners safe from sexual predators, and turning that into some creepy anti-sex-ed ad is not just a McCain lie, it is a prevarication miracle, totally unknowable through rational means. That jet did not get sold on e-bay, no one called Sarah Palin a pig. All this stuff is just made up. Even Karl Rove believes it’s made up:
ROVE: McCain has gone in some of his ads similarly gone one step too far in sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the one hundred percent truth test.
Beyond the one hundred percent truth test. I love hearing Karl Rove explain that. The question, though, is what’s the tipping point here. At what point does the overall story of this campaign shift from, “John McCain: Known Honorable Guy, Has Some Inaccurate Ads,” when does it to change to John McCain is a … prevaricator. John McCain is … not telling the truth. John McCain is a li…. John McCain is an exaggerator, at least. Maybe it shifts when the country realizes that McCain’s not just lying about Obama’s record or Palin’s record or even McCain’s own record. Maybe this overall story shifts when we realize that McCain is even willing to lie about sad, small, petty, embarrassing things.
Such as crowd size. Bloomberg news first reported this weekend that the McCain campaign has been overstating the size of their crowds, crowds that show up to their rallies, inflating the crowd estimates. Why didn’t he sheepishly say to his undersized audience, “I swear this never happens to me.” Last week in Fairfax county, Virginia, the McCain campaign said there were 23,000 people on hand for the campaign’s largest event ever. They cited the local fire marshall as the source. The local fire marshall, however, says he provided no such number to the campaign, and a reporter on hand from The Washington Post said actually it looked to him like 8000 people not 23,000 people.
Again on Saturday a local Nevada politician supporting McCain gave a shout out to the ten thousand people who he said had turned out to see Sarah Palin.
SPEAKER: Is this what 10,000 people looks like?
Actually, no. The trouble here is that venue only holds 3500 people. Maybe people were sitting on each other’s laps or hiding in each other’s purses or something. I can understand why John McCain would want his campaign to seem bigger than it is. But this is humiliating, it’s like lying about how much you weigh. It’s like saying, “This never happens to me, I swear!”
Today John McCain spoke in Jacksonville, at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena. McCain was able to fill less than a quarter of the venue, as this video shows. But according to the McCain campaign there were five hundred million people there. And also, John McCain invetned the internet.
Well said. She might have added that McCain lied when he said the plane was sold for a profit. Actually it was sold at a substantial loss.