McCain Campaign Accuses Obama of Lying, Fearmongering

Yep, you read that right. In a Washington Post article today, Tucker Bounds, the infamous McCain spokesman (he is the reason McCain pulled his Larry King Live interview a few days ago), said of Obama’s description of McCain’s stance on social security:

“John McCain has always promised to fiercely protect Social Security benefits, and Barack Obama’s willingness to recklessly misinterpret the facts to scare seniors for political points is the divisive type of behavior that has ruined Washington and shows why Obama is the absolute wrong man to fix it.”

So when Obama speaks factually about McCain’s plan for Social Security, it’s fearmongering, divisive, and a misrepresentation. But when the McCain campaign repeatedly says “Obama will bring painful tax increases to working families,” this isn’t fearmongering, divisive, or a misrepresentation? What about what the Tax Policy Center, and other authoritative sources, have said about Obama’s plan cutting taxes for 81% – 95% of Americans? It’s obvious the McCain message is a misrepresentation on those grounds. No one likes taxes. By using language like “painful tax increases for working families” (that’s a direct quote from one of his ads), McCain is trying to scare people out of voting for Obama. That is fearmongering, is it not? And is Tucker really sure he wants to accuse Obama of being divisive when the entire Republican National Convention was focused on dividing the country into “us” (the conservatives) and “them” (the liberals)? Obama has used no partisan rhetoric in his speech. And really there was much less partisan rhetoric in the Democratic National Convention than in the RNC as a whole.

From my perspective, this is just one more example of the double standard the McCain campaign and Republican pundits live their lives by. The jist of this double standard is, “If you’re on our side, we’ll forgive anything. But if you’re not on our side, we’ll nail you into the ground over the very issues we overlook in our own candidates.”

There are numerous examples of this. They jumped on Obama for some remarks made by his pastor in 2001 (when Obama wasn’t even present) and dismissed the fact that Obama said he didn’t agree with those views. I believe their argument went something like, “You can’t say that you’re not influenced by your pastor of 20 years.” But when we find out that, just two months ago, Palin sat in her church and listened to a person from the pulpit speak about how the violence in Israel is an example of God’s judgment being reaped on the Jews, we’re told, “Well, just because she worships there doesn’t mean she agrees with everything that is taught there.” So Obama is influenced by his pastor and Palin isn’t? Sounds like a double-standard to me.

Another example: The Republicans dismiss Obama’s experience in state government and say that the fact he’s only been involved with national politics for 2 years means he isn’t experienced enough to lead the country. But Palin’s state government record is admissable (well, at least the parts that make her look good…they don’t like to talk about how she left Wasilla in debt or how she hired a lobbyist in Washington while she was mayor of Wasilla or how she backed the “bridge to nowhere” until Congress killed it and then accepted the $223 million from Congress anyway) in the debate about her qualifications. Another double standard.

For more examples, check out this video from The Daily Show. Admittedly, the Daily Show is about comedy. But when these words are coming straight from the mouths of Karl Rove, Bill O’ Reilly, Dick Morris, Nancy Pfotenhauer, and Sarah Palin, you can’t argue with it too much.

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