Wednesday, September 17, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama: Which campaign lies the most?

That's not a partisan question.
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Doug Moore, Congressman Jim Marshall's press secretary and the guy who calls me constantly trying me to get me to write about something complicated, sent me this link to this Washington Post column.

And it's point is something that I've been thinking for a while now:
In the 2008 race, and especially in the past few weeks, the imbalance has become unnervingly stark. Ideological differences aside, John McCain's campaign has been more dishonest, more unfair, more -- to use a word that resonates with McCain -- dishonorable than Barack Obama's.

Both candidates are guilty of playing trivial pursuit in a serious season, campaigning from gotcha to gotcha. Obama also has eagerly taken every cheap shot -- McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years, doesn't get the economy, can't count his own houses. Neither candidate is running the honest, confront-the-hard-questions campaign he promised.

McCain's transgressions, though, are of a different magnitude. His whoppers are bigger; there are more of them. He -- the easy out would be to say "his campaign" -- has been misleading, and at times has outright lied, about his opponent. He has misrepresented -- that's the charitable verb -- his vice presidential nominee's record. Called on these fouls, he has denied and repeated them.

Watching this presidential campaign play out from the cheap seats, and not particularly caring who becomes president beyond "someone good," I have to agree. What I don't know could fill a warehouse, but John McCain's campaign seems to be lying more than Barack Obama's.

Whether that's going to matter or not, remains to be seen. I do know that I miss the old John McCain. The actual maverick, who used to call them like he saw them.

If he wins, I hope that's the guy who shows up at the White House come January. Because we've got a lot of problems to address in this country, and bullshitting people about them, and telling them exactly what they want to hear, isn't going to help.

I'm in Arizona through the weekend, hopefully watching the Dawgs destroy any of Arizona State's remaining hopes and dreams. Take care.

4 comments:

Keich said...

John McCain does not want to stay in Iraq for 100 years. His comment was much more nuanced and it's since been taken WAY out of context. I don't know about you, but I call that lying, especially when the people doing the distorting are doing it consciously for their own petty political purposes.

Lucid Idiocy said...

The Obama campaign is definitely lying, just not as much.

I think that's more of a function of not being able to keep up with the blistering pace.

That we have come to a place of such moral relativism in American politics is sad.

Nick said...

Remember the days when politicians wouldn't use the L word.

Keich said...

Oh, I tend to think both campaigns are lying, and I make no claims of moral relevance. I simply refute the fact McCain is lying more simply because there are some web sites that say so. But then, I'm intentionally not paying attention to the campaign, so what do I know? I'm also reading 800 pages of policy and legislation per week. . .

My head hurts.