John McCain stood in front of all of us and lied tonight. He said specifically that he’s repudiated every attack made against Barack Obama. He then launched into an incredible defense of the people who shout out at the Palin rallies and the dog whistles to racism:
McCain On Attack Ads: ‘I Can’t Be A Referee Of Every Spot Run On Television.’ “GOP presidential contender John McCain says he can’t control every attack ad aimed at Democrat Barack Obama and fully expects he’ll face a similar barrage, sounding the bell for a raucous general election brawl. ‘I can’t be a referee of every spot run on television,’ McCain told the Herald in an exclusive interview. ‘I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, but we all know there are groups who want to attack me.’” [Boston Herald, 6/12/08]
McCain Surrogate Colonel Bud Day Said, ‘The Muslims Have Said Either We Kneel, Or They’re Going To Kill Us’ And The McCain Campaign Did Not Repudiate Him. “A leading John McCain surrogate stirred controversy Friday after defending the Iraq war in particularly stark terms, telling reporters ‘the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they’re going to kill us.’ Bud Day, who was a prisoner of war with McCain in Vietnam and often advocates for the Arizona senator’s presidential bid, made the comments during a conference call with Florida reporters organized by the Florida Republican Party. ‘I don’t intend to kneel, and I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel,’ he also said. Asked to respond to Day’s comments, the McCain campaign issued a short statement from spokesman Michael Goldfarb. ‘The threat we face is from radical Islamic extremism,’ he said.” [CNN, 7/18/08]
John McCain has not pulled Sarah Palin back from her “hangs out with terrorists” remark, he continues to claim that Obama launched his career from Ayers’ living room, and repeats lie after lie after lie.
When pundits and bloggers say that McCain was at his best tonight, all I can say is that the term “best” should not apply when one is telling a lie.