John McCain’s lies have gotten so bad even Right-leaning journalists are calling him on it.

I never thought I’d see the day that FOX News would actually challenge John McCain’s campaign over some of the outright lies it’s been spreading in various speeches and campaign ads, but amazingly enough that day has come:

On Fox News today, host Megyn Kelly called out McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds for the campaign’s lies about Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) tax proposals. “I want to hold you accountable for what McCain is doing,” said Kelly. “Has your candidate gone too far, has he stretched the truth with the voters?”

Bounds initially attempted to dismiss her question, claiming that McCain has simply “gone to great lengths to discuss Barack Obama’s record.” “It is true that during a struggling economy, he proposes raising taxes,” declared Bounds.

“Not on the middle class,” shot back Kelly, noting that “virtually every independent analyst” has said that the McCain campaign is lying.

FOX News? Has Hell frozen over? Surely this is a sign of the apocalypse! But they’re not the only ones. Some Conservative pundits are getting in on the act as well. Take, for example, this op-ed piece by Richard Cohen:

I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politician’s lap.

Not so. What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story—that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.

McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir—the person in whose hands he would leave the country—is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

I’ve openly wondered here before if there was a low so low than a Conservative wouldn’t stoop to it. While it appears the answer is a resounding “no” for the McCain campaign, the same cannot be said for all Conservatives and I can’t tell you how much better than makes me feel. There’s at least some out there that consider their integrity more important than winning, unlike John McCain.

The most damning proof that McCain has gone off the deep end, however, comes from no less than Karl Rove himself:

“McCain has gone in some of his ads—similarly gone one step too far,” he told Fox News, “and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the ‘100 percent truth’ test.”

When Karl Rove is saying, “Whoa dude! That’s some major league bullshit you’re pushing there.” then you know you’ve crossed a major line. As someone much smarter than me pointed out, it appears that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than the election.

8 thoughts on “John McCain’s lies have gotten so bad even Right-leaning journalists are calling him on it.

  1. That does it.  If McCain wins, I’m leaving the country.

    Oops- I’ve already left the country.  Hehe.

  2. I don’t get it. Fox News never came down so hard on Bush. Karl Rove called Bush ‘one of the greatest intellects he ever met’ or some such.

    No matter what anyone thinks of McCain, he isn’t a George Bush. He may have sold out to get elected, but surely that’s better than a president who truly in his heart believes that he attacked Iraq on a ‘divine mandate’?

    Is it possible that these people are actually coming down so hard on McCain because they know that he’s less of a conservative than Bush?

  3. Agreed, Julian.  When all is said and done, I would still rather have McCain than Bush.  But if McCain had to have a woman as running mate, why didn’t he take Hillary Clinton? LOL

  4. No matter what anyone thinks of McCain, he isn’t a George Bush. He may have sold out to get elected, but surely that’s better than a president who truly in his heart believes that he attacked Iraq on a ‘divine mandate’?

    Is it possible that these people are actually coming down so hard on McCain because they know that he’s less of a conservative than Bush?

    It’s possible, but part of the Bush mystique for conservatives has been his utter devotion to his convictions, right or wrong. I think that’s what they’re keying on here: That even if McCain had stayed a moderate Republican bastard they’d all grouse and complain about it, but they’d admire his “sticking to his guns” as well.

    Now it’s obvious that John McCain had his guns shot down in Vietnam. There’s nothing that John McCain won’t put aside in the pursuit for recognition and power. Not his first wife, not his campaign finance reform bill he’s most famous for, not his close friends accused of ethics violations, and certainly not his political principles.  I think a case could be made that John McCain even set aside the Navy to further his massive ambition, after the “war hero” found out that advancement based upon his five year stint as a prisoner wouldn’t easily translate into a position as Admiral.

  5. That guy could not just shut up, and let the interview go on.  He has to get the retar…ahem, republicans, point across like a little kid, that Obama is mean, and because he personally will be taxed because he’s wealthy.

  6. As a veteran, I have the utmost respect for his service & time as a POW, but with the Palin pick (vag + pro-life) and his recent distortions, any other respect has been lost. To jump so far from “this is not the party of Jerry Falwell & Rush Limbaugh” to Palin—whoa..  anything to get elected… and the religious right are just salivating.. Meanwhile, we go another 8-16 years without healthcare/equal rights for all/crappy economy/total loss of respect from the world community & alienating our friends.  And to top it off, she’ll want creationism taught in public schools w/ prayer in school as they load up the supreme court w/ enough to just allow that crap. Oh lord the pain… Let’s all go back to the dark ages!!

  7. McCain is not the maverick everyone used to say he was.  He is more of the “I’ll do anything to be president” guy.  He’s old and will probably not last his first term.  So who will we get…Palin!  She is not the right person to be our president.  If you other Republicans want her to be your president then vote for her, just don’t lie and say you really believe she is ‘ready to lead’ and ‘a really bright lady’.  At least admit to yourselves that she’s not that bright.

    Not only that but I’m not a rich person and I will get a much bigger tax break under Obama.  I can’t believe I’m going to vote for a democrap but at least he doesn’t leave me afraid that our president will launch nukes against Spain or Russia.  Thats my two cents.

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