The Political Pendulum

Ruth Marcus at The Washington Post nails it about “the symmetry of sin”….

Posted on: September 17, 2008

The WaPo:

“McCain’s transgressions, though, are of a different magnitude. His whoppers are bigger; there are more of them. He — the easy out would be to say “his campaign” — has been misleading, and at times has outright lied, about his opponent. He has misrepresented — that’s the charitable verb — his vice presidential nominee’s record. Called on these fouls, he has denied and repeated them.

The most outrageous of McCain’s distortions involve Obama on taxes. He asserts that Obama’s new taxes could “break your family budget,” and that an Obama presidency would inflict “painful tax increases on working American families.” Hardly. Obama would lower taxes for most households, and lower them more than McCain would. The only “painful tax increases on working American families” would be on working families making more than $250,000.

Likewise, the McCain campaign has its story about Sarah Palin, and it’s sticking with it — facts be damned. She said “thanks but no thanks” to that “Bridge to Nowhere,” except that she didn’t: She backed the bridge until it was unpopular, then scooped up the money and used it for other projects. More than a year after McCain began railing against the bridge, Palin, then a gubernatorial candidate, said the state should build it “now — while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”

Palin sold the gubernatorial jet, on eBay and for a profit — except that she didn’t. She didn’t take earmarks as governor — except for the $256 million she sought last year, and the $197 million wish list for 2008.”

Mrs. Marcus is spot on about this.  Trying to align symmetrical equivalence to the transgressions of Obama’s campaign compared to McCain’s is, at best, intellectual dishonesty.  It’s about time somebody has weighed, measured, and found wanting, in McCain’s propaganda tour. 

The lies have to end.  The press needs to do it’s job.  Lives are ruined and destroyed (see Iraq) when the media fails us.

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