John McCain has been exposed.
He is now seen as the candidate “less likely to bring change” and members of the media are, one by one calling him out on his lies:
McCain’s lies have ranged from the annoying to the sleazy, and the problem is in both degree and kind. His campaign has been a ceaseless assault on his opponent’s character and policies, featuring a consistent—and witting—disdain for the truth. Even after 38 million Americans heard Obama say in his speech at the Democratic National Convention that he was open to offshore oil-drilling and building new nuclear-power plants, McCain flatly said in his acceptance speech that Obama opposed both. Normal political practice would be for McCain to say, “Obama says he’s ‘open to’ offshore drilling, but he’s always opposed it. How can we believe him?” This persistence in repeating demonstrably false charges is something new in presidential politics.
Worse than the lies have been the smears. McCain ran a television ad claiming that Obama favored “comprehensive” sex education for kindergartners. (Obama favored a bill that would have warned kindergartners about sexual predators and improper touching.) The accusation that Obama was referring to Sarah Palin when he said McCain’s effort to remarket his economic policies was putting “lipstick on a pig” was another clearly misleading attack — an obnoxious attempt to divert attention from Palin’s lack of fitness for the job and the recklessness with which McCain chose her. McCain’s assault on the “élite media” for spreading rumors about Palin’s personal life — actually, the culprits were a few bloggers and the tabloid press — was more of the same. And that gets us close to the real problem here. The McCain camp has decided that its candidate can’t win honorably, on the issues, so it has resorted to transparent and phony diversions.
Now is the time for voters to start saying enough is enough, because “John McCain has raised serious questions about whether he has the character to lead the nation.”
He has defaced his beloved military code of honor. He has run a dirty campaign.
There is no room in America, after the disastrous nearly eight years of the failed Bush administration, for another Republican president who is poised to bring us more of the same. There is no room in America, after years of lies and broken promises and failed policies, for more of the same from John McCain.
The change we seek is the change that will take us out of the muck and mire and lift America once again to her glorious heights as a prosperous nation that offers liberty and justice to all. Think about it. We can flourish again as a nation. We can put the past eight years behind us and make America strong again.
The change we seek is the candidate that offers hope, not more despair. It’s time for everyone to step up to the plate and get involved. We can be the change. We can make it happen. Enough is enough. It’s time to end the lying game.
[Originally published at TaylorMarsh.com]