Another day, another Obama lie

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Barack Obama is running on a new kind of politics: dishonesty and half-truths. That politics appears to consist of inflating his resume, McCain's 100-years statement, "lobbyists don't give me money," and even lying to the press about smoking.

It increasingly appears that these lies are central to his message. Congressional Quarterly's Craig Crawford reports from Pennsylvania:

In a five-hour session of watching one network I counted 14 ads sponsored by Barack Obama, compared to a total of three ads for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And guess what I woke up to on my hotel clock radio? Yep, that’s right, the audio version of Obama’s ad.

That’s all well and good except for the fact that every one of Obama’s ads presents him personally telling what can only be charitably described as a half-truth -- that he takes no money from lobbyists.

What's going on? Obama lies and gets a free pass from the media. Even Crawford gets the joke, "Lucky for Obama, most of the news media seem not to care about such contradictions." As The Economist noted, "Very little has been made of two instances, reported last month by the Washington Post, where Mr Obama exaggerated his role in legislative accomplishments. ... Unlike Mrs Clinton, he has gotten off easy for his fibs."

He gets it from crooked real-estate speculators instead.

"I believe we must adjourn this meeting to some other place." - The last recorded words of Adam Smith.

I think the press (correctly) senses that he's going to be the Democratic nominee and they're being careful not to bloody him up too much. Hillary, on the other hand, has gotten harsher treatment because they're sensing (also correctly) that her continued presence in the race is only harming Obama's chances in the fall.

I know I'm preaching to the choir on this. But, for the uninitiated out there, this game is pretty easy: first accept the premise that the media establishment wants Democrats to win elections. Once you do that, their actions always make more sense.

But CQ's Craig Crawford may not understand that yet. And I'm sure a lot of Clinton supporters are flabbergasted that the media has been harder on her than it's been on her opponent. But it's nothing personal. It just happens to be that a lot of people think Obama's the stronger candidate of the two and it's now complicated by the specter of an open convention, etc. etc.

They're trying to get Hillary out and protect Obama as much as possible.

a 527 takes out full page ads in the big city papers listing all of the Obama half truths ... just list them, don't try and refute them ... force the MSM to talk about them that way ...
the last one could be "The checks in the mail"

Clinton supporters in the MSM may actually help McCain in the big show ...

However, it's much more than that. His interviews look more like campaign events than critical reviews.

"After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." -Fred Dalton Thompson

The best chance to beat up Obama may be the debates ...

No Teleprompter, not as many softball questions, possibly some direct questions from McCain ...

I can't say I have very much. McCain seems to put a high value on this non-existent thing called "respectful politics" -- which is why he gave cover to John Kerry during the Swift Boat controversy.

He could easily have said that he honored Sen. Kerry's service in Vietnam and that he hoped the SBVT's charges weren't true. Instead, he went a step farther and condemned the SBVT, defended Kerry, and gave cover to Kerry's lying about Cambodia, etc.

I have this fear that McCain will gladly get his ass handed to him by the Democrats and, in the interest of keeping things respectable, respond only by asking for a second helping.

 
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