I’ve said before that we live in an era where reality has very little sway in our political discourse. Here’s John McCain lying repeatedly about his decision to suspend his campaign during last year’s financial crisis.
McCain said Bush called him in off the campaign trail, saying a worldwide economic catastrophe was imminent and that he needed his help. “I don’t know of any American, when the president of the United States calls you and tells you something like that, who wouldn’t respond,” McCain said. “And I came back and tried to sit down and work with Republicans and say, ‘What can we do?’ “
“[Bush] didn’t ask me to suspend my campaign,” said McCain. “I suspended my campaign — as did Senator Obama — to come back to Washington because the President had told me that we were in a world financial collapse. That’s why I did what I did. I always said that consistently.”
John McCain is a cynical, senile old man. He may not remember what happened or what he said yesterday and he may not care.
There are no consequences for lying anyway (unless it’s about sex, of course). Clark Hoyt would tell us that, technically, McCain is right that Obama suspended his campaign since Obama stopped campaigning a few months later, after the election.