Part of McCain’s respectful campaign has been the spreading of the complete lie about Obama dissing the troops at Landstuhl, which is in itself offensive, but added to the fact that it is McCain who routinely has voted against the best interests of the troops and the fact that it is a complete lie and it is almost too much to take. Fortunately, even the media won’t carry the water for McCain on this one. First, FactCheck:
A McCain TV spot falsely insinuates that Obama canceled his visit because “the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras.”
A new McCain ad says Obama “made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras.”
McCain’s facts are literally true, but his insinuation – that the visit was canceled because of the press ban or the desire for gym time – is false. In fact, Obama visited wounded troops earlier – without cameras or press – both in the U.S. and Iraq. And his gym workouts are a daily routine.
Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed also give this line of attack the middle finger:
It isn’t just these two, as a former director of medical operations blasts McCain:
“John McCain’s new ad is dishonest and shameful, and I say that as the former Chief of Medical Operations. Senators Hagel and Reed confirmed to Bob Schieffer yesterday that Senator Obama visited the Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad as a part of their CODEL, with no media present.
“In Germany, Senator Obama made the right decision to respect wounded troops, and the doctors and nurses doing crucial and time-sensitive work, by not making a visit that was characterized as a campaign event by the Pentagon. Senator Obama should be thanked for putting our military above politics. And, I would hope that John McCain would think in those same terms, the next time he is put in a similar situation.
“Senator Obama has voted for the troops when John McCain has not, most recently on the new GI Bill. I am happy that Senator Obama puts the welfare of our troops above politics.”
Even Andrea Greenspan, who was last seen making a “Leave John McCain alone” video for youtube, is calling this a lie:
In short, it is a lie, but as far as the Rovian hacks at the McCain campaign are concerned, this is still a win. Any smear is good, as long as it can dominate a news cycle and make its way into the blogs, the chain emails, and the public discourse. This is little more than the modern version of the old LBJ legend:
In his heyday, nobody was better at gettin’ down politically than Lone Star Lyndon. In 1948, after 11 years in the House of Representatives where he proved to be a formidable, power-hungry campaigner, LBJ hit fellow Democrat and popular former Texas governor Coke Stevenson with everything he had as they squared off for a run at the Senate.
Legend has it Johnson told one of his aides — “Go out there and tell ’em Coke was caught having sex with a farm animal.”
“But, Lyndon,” the aide protested, “you know that’s not true!”
“Of course it’s not true!” Johnson responded impatiently. “That’s not the point. Tell it anyway — and make him deny it…”
Ladies and gentleman, the modern GOP and John McCain’s respectful campaign.