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Johnny McCain’s Childhood: The Strangest Lie of All

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You’d think John McCain would feel a twinge of shame when he hears Sarah Palin gush patriotic over the “pro-American” areas of the country, as opposed to, say, Washington, D.C. – a sentiment she clarified with these words:

We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe – we believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. (1)

Just a twinge. After all, John McCain spent nearly half of his childhood — ages nine through his early twenties — living in Washington D.C., (2) in that very hotbed of elitist anti-Americanism. Of course,  you’d never know it, since John McCain’s life histories skim over his entire childhood, as if he were born, then didn’t exist again until the age of fifteen.  

John McCain’s Boyhood Years: The Google Bio vs. A More Accurate Bio

I’m not the first to google McCain’s childhood bio and find only this, scattered with a few stories about his scrappy temperament: 

A more accurate bio looks like this, with two years unaccounted for, during which time his father completed three different submarine missions. Did McCain attend 20 different schools between 1949-1951?

A Lie is Born

McCain’s childhood resume wouldn’t really bear mentioning at all, had he not spent the past 25 years lying about it, and then spent the past two months lying about Barack Obama’s childhood resume. Did John McCain really go to 20 different schools? And was Hanoi really the longest he’d lived any one place up until the age of 46, as he’s asserted so many times over the years?

Listen, pal, I spent 22 years in the Navy. My father was in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. We in the military service tend to move a lot. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things. As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi. — John McCain, 1982, defending himself against accusations that he was a big-moneyed, carpetbagger opportunist during his first political campaign, as a new Arizona resident, running for an open seat in Arizona’s 1st congressional district.

According to historian, Mary Hershberger, “After that dramatic claim, raising the carpetbagger issue seemed unpatriotic. It worked like magic and he said it showed him that his time as a POW was ‘a good first story to sell’ on the campaign trail. He’s been selling it ever since. The problem, of course, is that it’s far from the truth, at least if he lived with his parents while growing up. With the exception of two years, from the time that John was nine until he was in his twenties, they lived in Washington, D.C. They had a house on Capitol Hill where Congressional leaders regularly dropped by for meals. When he returned from Vietnam in 1973, he lived and worked in Washington, D.C, four more years. So, when he made his political claim in 1982 about living longest in Hanoi, he surely knew that it wasn’t true, but nobody checked it out and he kept saying it.” (2)

McCain most recently incanted the Hanoi claim in late Sept. 2008, in a 60 Mintues interview on CBS:

Pelley: You were born in the Panama Canal Zone because your father was stationed there. Where’d you live as a kid?

McCain: Well, we lived in San Diego, we lived in Norfolk, Virginia. We lived in the Washington D.C. area. We lived in New London, Connecticut. My dad was a submariner.

Pelley: Longest you’ve lived any one place?

McCain: Hanoi. Hanoi was the longest- I lived any place, five and a half years.

Pelley: When you were in prison?

McCain: Yup, yeah, I certainly don’t wanna call that my hometown. (3)

If John McCain lived in Norfolk outside of his Navy pilot days, as an adult, there’s no paper trail to prove it. There is mention of him staying with his aunt Rowena in Windsor Square, Ca, and briefly attending Third Street School during the time the family still lived in New London (time period unknown), but if young John ever even visited San Diego as a child, much less lived there, there’s no trail to prove that either since — unlike his campaign opponent, Barack Obama — John McCain’s life history has not been well-documented, and can only be gathered piecemeal by scrutinizing various documents and biographies (e.g. 4, 7). Which makes particularly odd his frequent attacks (spoken before jeering audiences, perhaps in the hope of reinforcing his campaign’s ploy to paint Obama as a Muslim terrorist) as McCain wages accusations that the details on Barack Obama’s life are unknown and unknowable: 

Even at this late hour in the campaign, there are essential things we don’t know about Senator Obama or the record that he brings to this campaign….For a guy who’s already authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. (5) 

You all, America knows me…. You know my story, my convictions. You need to know who you’re putting in the White House and where that candidate came from and what he or she believes in. …. In short, who is the real Barack Obama? My friends, you ask such questions and all you get is another angry barrage of insults. (link here)

The question is: Why would anyone need to ask Obama ‘where he came from and what he believes in,’ since Obama has already told us over and over and over? Obama has been an open book on this –both literally and figuratively –having published his life story, and having repeatedly stated these things outright while on the campaign trail. And, for anyone who missed hearing the details of Obama’s childhood, a simple google of the term, “Barack Obama’s childhood” will deliver his entire childhood resume to you at the touch of a button. It’s so simple, actually, that it can be condensed into one sentence: Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, where he spent his entire childhood, except through the ages of 6 through 10, when he lived in Indonesia with his sister, his mother, and her new husband. 

It’s not so easy for John McCain.

But, then — as John McCain will be the first to tell you — nothing has ever been so easy for John McCain, beginning with his boyhood school days, which he’s repeatedy described in detail. Here’s one such version, provided by the Hoover Institution:  

McCain calls the base schools “substandard.” Sometimes the schoolhouse was “nothing more than a converted aircraft hangar,” he writes. “The classes mixed children of varying ages. We might have one teacher on Monday and a different one on Tuesday. On other days, we lacked the services of any teacher at all.” Needless to say, he was “often required in a new school to study things I had already learned. Other times, the curriculum assumed knowledge I had not yet acquired.”

If the accommodations and scheduling were not idiosyncratic enough, the frequent moves, says McCain, were the “chief obstacle to a decent education…. As soon as I had begun to settle into a school, my father would be reassigned.” Though McCain says that such a “transient childhood” was simply a way of life, it was not a life lived by most Americans. “Seldom if ever did I see again the friends I left behind,” he says. (6)

Convincing stuff. Kinda tugs at your heartstrings, don’t it? Makes for good copy, too — much like his Hanoi claim, which is pure bunk. Given what is known about John McCain’s actual boyhood history, plus his propensity for, uh, stretching the truth, his 20-schools-in-2 years story is dubious — even if one is extremely generous, taking into account his visit(s) to his aunt Rowena in California. Again, McCain’s childhood resume wouldn’t bear mentioning,  had he not spent the past 25 years lying about it, and then spent the past two months lying about Barack Obama’s childhood resume. Here, a few questions beg answers: What’s true and what’s not? And why does McCain feel compelled to lie about any of his boyhood history? What’s to be gained? Did he simply get caught up in a small lie, that turned into a big lie, which he’s now doomed to forever repeat?

Answer: It Was Invented in Increments

I’m not the first to wonder about John McCain’s childhood history. The internet is riddled with unanswered questions about the most rudimentary aspects of his elementary years. One such inquiry turned humorous, when one googler attempted to locate childhood photos of McCain and — turning up nothing — decided to google, “When was the camera invented?” Interestingly, there are no childhood photos of John McCain on the internet — not that I could find, anyway — while there are a wealth of Barack Obama’s childhood photos, which easily substantiate Obama’s stated life story.

 

A similar body of McCain’s boyhood photos from infancy through age 15 would surely substantiate the stories he’s repeated throughout his political career, regarding his “transient childhood” and the geographical whereabouts of at least some of the 20 schools he attended. Or not.

Perhaps these photos simply don’t exist. Odd as this theory may seem, it is plausible, given that his mother, Roberta McCain, couldn’t produce a single photo of John from the dozens of family photos displayed on her dresser-top (see video, below, starting at 2:35) during a tour of her Washington, D.C. apartment, (although she did allow that there are boxes containing some of his childhood photos, which she’s been meaning to dig out). Perhaps one day we’ll see them. Or not. 

 

 

  1. Huffington Post: Palin Explains What Parts of Country Not “Pro-American”
  2. John Dean Interview: Reflections on Historian Mary Hershberger’s Piece on McCain’s War Record, and a Q&A with the Author
  3. CBS 60 Minutes Interview, Sept. 21, 2008
  4. John McCain: An American Odyssey, by Robert Timberg (p. 23): At Saint Stephen’s, an exclusive private school in the Washington, D.C. area, [McCain] had begun to display a defiant, unruly streak. But it was not until a few years later when he entered Episcopal High School, a boys’ boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia, that those qualities emerged with a vengeance. (pg. 29): During this period, [McCain's dad] took on two jobs that some feel jump-started a career on the verge of stalling. As the Navy’s first chief of information, a public relations post, he cultivated influential Washington correspondents. A short time later he became the Navy’s senior congressional lobbyist. Soon many of the nation’s most powerful politicians were streaming to the spacious McCain town house at First and C., S.E., now the Capitol Hill Club, the GOP’s official watering hole. (pg. 87, on McCain’s conversations with his POW cellmate, Bud Day): Day was ten years older, but McCain was the more worldly, regaling his cellmate with tales of youthful carousing and womanizing. He was also more politically sophisticated, having kept an ear to the wall when his parents entertained senators, congressmen, and other big-wigs at their Capitol Hill home. Day said McCain helped him understand how Washington really worked, with emphasis on the human dimension.
  5. New York Times: McCain: ‘Who is the real Barack Obama?”
  6. Hoover Institution: The Early Education of Our Next President 
  7. Man of the People by Paul Alexander

John McCain in Crisis Mode: Throw Hot Potatoes, Hope Someone Else Gets Burned

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Perhaps you played this party game as a child? I did. A group of kids sits in a circle, throwing a hot potato to the accompaniment of some goofy song. The loser is the one left holding the potato when the music stops. In McCain’s hands, the hot potato game has been elevated to a political strategy, — a strategy that, in times of love, war, peace and crisis has come to define the life story of the man who would be president. 

Re-playing this history might seem a low blow, a cruel rubbing of salt in old wounds. But play it, we must, because should John McCain become president, our nation would inherit this history — past, present and future. It’s only fair that we know exactly what we’re getting. Below are his 5 most infamous hot potatoes, tossed from the life story of a man whose integrity could only be descibed as small potatoes. 

 

HOT POTATO #5: McCain Suspends His Campaign, Throws a Wrench into the Economic Bailout Plan

 With his campaign going down in flames in the wake of his feeble, erratic, impulsive, irresponsible responses to the Wall Street crisis last week, followed by this week’s series of smear ads against Obama (which have been called some of the most vitriolic, slanderous political attacks in U.S. campaign history) McCain decided to suspend his campaign and postpone both this Friday’s debate with Obama, and the October 2nd debate between Biden and Palin. In his announcement, McCain said:

It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem…. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside…Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. — John McCain

These proclamations must have seemed odd to the many Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have spent the past week doing just that: toiling together (with neither input, nor inquiry coming from McCain) as they worked to hammer this 3-page legislative proposal into a solution to this extremely complex economic crisis. It seems odder, still, when you consider McCain’s words from just one day earlier, regarding this 3-page document: “I have not had a chance to see it in writing. I have to examine it.”

Continuing his announcement yesterday, McCain invoked every patriotic hot-button sentiment he could bluster (people not being able to buy homes, life savings at stake, businesses not being able to meet payroll, devastating consequences for the economy, every corner of our country impacted and, of course, the spectre of September 11th), in an attempt to scare the hell out of Americans and rally support for his selfless gesture. He then challenged Obama to respond in kind, thereby tossing him a hot potato. All that remained was the wait, with baited breath, to see what political damage might befall the Obama campaign. McCain didn’t have to wait long. Here’s what America had to say:

It’s my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who will be the next president. It is going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once. It’s more important than ever to present ourselves to the American people. — Barack Obama

We haven’t heard hide nor hair of Sen. McCain in these negotiations. He has not been involved except for an occasional, unhelpful statement, sort of thrown from far away, and the last thing we need in these delicate negotiations is an injection of presidential politics. — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee

All of sudden, now that we are on the verge of making a deal, John McCain here drops himself in to help us make a deal…. We’re trying to rescue the economy, not the McCain campaign. — Barney Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, expressing fear that McCain could end up slowing down work on the bill.

I’m delighted that John is expressing himself on this issue. I have heard from Obama numerous occasions these last couple days. I have never heard from John McCain on the issue… I’m just worried a little bit that sort of politicizing this problem, sort of flying in here, I’m beginning to think this is more of a rescue plan for John McCain and not a rescue plan for the economy. — Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee

(On McCain’s attempt to postpone the debate) The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The [commission's] mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled. — The Commission on Presidential Debates, the sponsors for Friday’s scheduled debate in Mississippi

Empirically, so far, the advantage is decidedly with Obama and the Dems generally. The news coverage to date suggests Obama is the ‘cooler’ under the recent pressures and seems to be more capable of handling risks without undue panic. — Ohio Wesleyan government professor and Hoover Institution fellow Carl Pinkele

Today, we see McCain grandstanding in Washington with his buddy, George Bush (who, at the behest of McCain, summoned Barack Obama off the campaign trail, to join their dog and pony show at the White House) as McCain assists Bush in his fearmongering campaign to cram this bailout plan through Congress, post haste. What a farce!

And what is McCain’s contribution to this economic crisis? Nothing more than furthering the agenda of his supposedly “suspended” campaign — all to the expense of the entire country – by schmoozing his fellow Republicans into making “Yeah Johnny!” statements to the press, in which his buddies praise McCain (while slamming Obama) for his magnanimous contributions toward solving this crisis. Is it any wonder that all of Washington, except for the staunchest of McCain sycophants, is outraged? This is the quintessential McCain, folks. This is the guy who’s been jackassing around Washington for decades now — his self-serving agenda pawned off as maverick politics. His actions today are downright treasonous.

HOT POTATO #4: McCain Throws America an Inferior Product
 

In the wake of a soaring, inspiring and substantive Democratic Convention — defined by great, issue-driven speeches by ordinary citizens and politicians of great stature, alike — McCain’s uninspired presidential campaign was floundering and in the dullest of doldrums. McCain decided to steal the fire from the Democrats.

She’s a partner and a soul-mate. — John McCain, Aug. 31, 2008, on his vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin, whom he had met only once before offering her the job.

 His ploy worked like a charm. Problem was, the desired publicity-fest proved to be a double-edge sword, as the media scrutiny quickly revealed the Achilles’ tendon in his new running mate: namely, that she is profoundly unqualified to even speak to the press, much less serve as vice-president or (gulp) president of the United States. John McCain’s choice to throw Sarah Palin into his floundering campaign continues to be viewed as a scorching indictment on his capacity for sound judgment. While the jury is still out on his choice of a running mate, it is widely agreed that tossing Sarah Palin onto the plates of Americans was, at best, a gamble that might pay off for his campaign and, at worst, the foisting onto Americans of the most dangerous candidate in the history of presidential politics.

 
HOT POTATO #3: McCain Throws His Keating Five Cohorts Under the Bus to Save His Own Ass
 
The Keating Five Scandal, in a nutshell

 

It was bad enough that McCain was involved in the the Keating Five scandal, but then he tried to pressure Congressional investigators into easing off the investigation. But, no, even that wasn’t enough. Feeling the heat from the investigation, McCain decided to save his own ass by ratting out his co-conspirators. He polished this off with a generous round of media appearances, in which he proclaimed his innocence. It worked. McCain got off with a mere slap on the wrist for his role in what’s been called, “the worst ethics scandal in the history of the Senate.” One journalist described it like this:

They say that if you put five lobsters into a pot and give them a chance to escape, none will be able to do so before you light the fire. Each time a lobster tries to climb over the top, his fellow lobsters will pull him back down. It is the way of lobsters and threatened United States senators…. Those who survive will be the sociopaths who can tell a lie with the most sincere, straight face. You [John McCain] are especially adept at this.

It would be difficult to say which is the worst indictment of John McCain’s character: that he was involved in the Keating Five, in the first place, or his reprehensible ass-saving behaviors in the wake of the scandal. It is generally agreed that the McCain campaign has gotten a free pass on Keating Five scandal, not to mention his other economic/banking faux pas . The level of disgust over this varies. As one blogger put it:

I really am amazed how one of the unspoken rules of this election has been NOT to mention John McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal.

Let’s remember that this isn’t a scandal involving his home or his church. It’s a scandal involving John McCain abusing his federal office. It’s a scandal that cost the American taxpayer billions. It’s also a scandal that deals with failed banks – kind of relevant to today. How is it that John McCain’s entire record is relevant, going back to the 1960s no less, but somehow we’re supposed to skip the 1980s scandal years because that would be “rude”?

Seriously, I don’t get it. Only the Republicans could make something John McCain did in office, and was chastised for officially on the Senate floor, and turn it into something “personal’ and off-limits, like it’s his daughter or his mistress. No, it’s his job. And he screwed up, wilfully. And it’s relevant to the very economic crisis we’re discussing today. It’s also relevant to any discussion of his honor.

 

HOT POTATO #2: John McCain throws his own wife under the bus after she suffers a disfiguring accident

To his credit, John McCain has at least acknowledged sole blame for abandoning his first wife in the wake of her tragic auto accident that left the former swimsuit model disfigured and crippled. It goes without saying that this is a highly personal matter, the details of which are no one’s business but theirs. However, one can not divorce from John McCain’s candidacy the character of a man who showed such flimsy loyalty for the woman who stood by his side throughout his imprisonment in Hanoi — a man who would abandon the mother of his three children in the wake of her horrible accident, only so he could flit about with the beautiful people and cheat on his wife for several years before, ultimately, replacing her with a beautiful, young undamaged model. 

 
HOT POTATO #1: John McCain throws his fellow POWs as well as his country under the bus as he sings like a canary (and then some) for the enemy
 

Out of respect for others who have, unlike myself, experienced the unimaginable tortures suffered by prisoners of war, I won’t belabor this point. I will only offer a few examples of the documentswords, articles and videos of others, who feel that John McCain behaved dishonorably both during and after the war. During his captivity, McCain provided military information far beyond the Code of Conduct – and far beyond that which other POWs divulged, while undergoing extreme torture themselves. After the war, McCain has fought to keep this information from becoming public, by stonewalling efforts by families of MIAs to declassify documents. While these documents could help these families discover the whereabout of their loved ones, these documents also contain damning evidence about John McCain’s behavior during captivity.

As with McCain’s behavior with his wife (detailed in #2 above) it tells something of a man’s character that, having been through this experience, he would not only emerge less-than-truthful about the particulars of his history, but would use this falsified history to pander political points in his campaign. The real crime, however, is his disregard for the families of MIAs, as he fought their efforts to possibly discover the whereabouts of their loved ones (dead or alive?) who, unlike McCain, never returned home from war.

McCain’s disregard for veterans has been ongoing and continues today, in his lack of support on Capitol Hill for the for veterans’ issues and benefits, as seen in the clip from last spring’s film, “Why Won’t McCain Sign the GI Bill?”

 
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by Mantis Katz for the canarypapers

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postscript:
Various theories have been proposed on the origin of the game “hot potato.” One generally accepted theory is that the first “hot potato” was, in fact, the warm contents of a freshly soiled diaper. The concept of a game arose from the good-humored arguments over who happened to be holding the baby upon the arrival of said-poop. This person became, by default, the designated diaper changer: the “loser.” Enough said. 

 

 

Monkeys with Molotovs: The gutter politics of McCain, Palin, Rove & Co.

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The monkeys are at it again. Lacking substantive issues on which to wage a presidential campaign, they’ve resorted to lobbing cheap incendiary devices at their opponent, in the hope that one will hit the mark and bring Obama’s candidacy down in flames. Fact is, on the issues, the McCain ticket had already self-destructed before Sarah Palin arrived on the scene. Bereft of anything to offer, other than a shoddily re-packaged version of the fatally flawed Bush Administration, the McCain team has long since lost credibility as an agent of change, maverick or otherwise.

Palin’s addition to the ticket adds nothing, beyond the squallorous baggage of her lie and scandal-ridden Alaska politics, which have perversely served to polarize this country even further from discussing solutions to the calamitous problems we face. Here, the McCain-Palin political team is proving to be a perfect match, uniquely-suited to make a seamless transition from the Bush-Cheney years. Neither McCain nor Palin has enough respect for the merit of their own credentials to run on them, so they’ve instead reinvented and embellished their records, weaving a myth, of sorts, that they are all-American mavericks, set to shake-up Washington politics, even as their campaign — run by Bush-league lobbyists and Karl Rove minions — is exactly what has so infected Washington politics over the past 8 years. Neither candidate has enough respect for their self-described maverick credentials, because neither can prove that they are any different from the same-old, same-old reckless cowboys, not mavericks, that have been running this country for the past 8 years.

 McCain’s voting record, particularly over the past 4 years, has been lockstep with Bush-Cheney. His spell as a maverick with the Bush Administration happened only briefly, after the 2000 election, when a bruised McCain was so angry at Bush, he considered switching parties as payback. Despite that his maverick record doesn’t even exist, he runs on the claim, bolstering it with self-serving reminders of his military service, which he delivers in the countless wrenching retellings of his POW experiences — stories which, in the minds of many fellow vets, play more like shameless pandering, as John McCain’s own voting record on veteran issues is no less than deplorable. Palin, for her part, brings to the ticket a thin career in Alaska politics, riddled with lies, cronyism and scandal.

Neither Palin nor McCain have shown that they own the scruples or vision to think outside of their narrow worldviews long enough to consider that they are running for high office in a country that has been left bleeding, in shambles, from the collateral damage of the past 8 years under the Bush-Cheney Administration. Neither candidate has bothered to take notice that the last thing this bleeding country needs is more blood. Yet, the two candidates are nothing, if not shrewd. They both know that — when it comes to influencing people — if you scare the hell out of them, you can bring them, lockstep, into your camp, so long as you promise to protect them. Bush, Cheney, Rove & Co. were masters at this tactic.

 

Sad thing is — and despite that this tactic is cheap, ugly and transparent to many Americans — this tactic really, truly works on a large number of voters. And the beauty of it is that, the dirtier the tactics, the better the trap they lay for their opponent. We’ve seen this over the past 12 days, as the McCain camp’s dirty bombs have escalated, leaving Obama but two choices: respond in kind, or take the high road, adhering to the strength of his issues and the authenticity of his campaign. Translated, in Rovesque terms, this means that Obama has a choice between appearing either weak or tough on terror. And, make no mistake, the McCain-Palin tactics more closely resemble terrorist tactics than the strategy of respectable, statured politicians trying to win an election. (To see an example of the latter, you’d have to study the example of the Obama campaign over the past 18 months). The only hope for the McCain-Palin team is that they can lure Obama into an even bigger trap, in which dirty does battle with dirty. And, as anyone in Washington can tell you, there’s no one can trump Rove when it comes to dirty politics.

Excerpt from an interview with McCain on Karl Rove tactics:
QUESTION: His tactics don’t, you don’t disapprove of them? They don’t make you nervous?

MCCAIN: It’s not so much whether I approve of his tactics or not. It’s that he has a very good, great political mind. Any information or advice and council he can give us, I’d be glad to have. I don’t think anybody denies his talents. So I’d be glad to get any advice and council. We would obviously decide whether to accept it or not.

 

McCain and Palin have shown their adeptness at playing gutter politics, with no lie, no slander, no blow too low or too outrageous, so long it serves to discredit their opponent or scare the American people. After all, their team includes Karl Roves brightest protege, a man named Steve Schmidt, a master of gutter politics. McCain and Palin have also shown that they are adept at waging a petty, senseless, pre-emptive gutter war — a war waged for the sole benefit of their campaign agenda, at the expense of everyday Americans who are facing calamitous changes in their lives.  Will these same Americans take the bait, as they’ve done for the past 8 years? Are Americans still so blinded by swaggering bravado, that they see strength in a leader throwing gasoline on a fire? Will they again choose the monkeys with Molotovs, or will they choose the candidate who’s fighting like hell to wage a campaign that offers tangible solutions to the very real and tangible problems we face as Americans? Only time will tell.

 

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by Mantis Katz, for the canarypapers

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For more reading:

New York Magazine: The Low Road Warrior – Many of McCain’s advisers from 2000, such as John Weaver and Mike Murphy, express qualms about the campaign’s newly nasty tone. (One can only imagine the sigh of relief emanating from Mark McKinnon, the heralded adman who helped McCain win the nomination but whose aversion to taking a cleaver to Obama caused him to sit out the general.)

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