Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain Crosses The Line

I'm sure I come off as overly biased for Barack Obama and equally overly biased against John McCain (and George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin and Donald Rumsfeld...) but even the most nonpartisan amongst you must be able to see the duplicitousness and sleaziness of this move by the McCain campaign:

What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach "'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."

Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.

But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.

The bill didn't teach sex education to kindergartners but rather taught them how to recognize when an adult was speaking and acting in an inappropriate manner; put simply, this legislation was written to protect children from sexual abuse and McCain accused Obama of forcing sex-ed upon five-year-olds. I don't exude manufactured outrage like the McCain campaign over the lipstick on a pig comment but come on; shit like this makes my blood boil. I realize that this is politics and it gets nasty but if you can't recognize the depths to which McCain has sunk here then quite frankly I don't think that you're smart enough to be allowed to vote. There, I've said it.

Also, I have no great love or admiration for James Carville but this man is either clearly delusional or receiving checks that we don't know about:

As I've said, I used to have a fair amount of respect for John McCain 8 years ago but he has become something else now. He's no longer the party-bucking maverick that he once was; he has clearly morphed into a say or do anything to get elected politician and it's been sad to watch. This, more than any other reason, is why we need Barack Obama to be our next president.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

This video scares me almost as much as the first couple minutes of the McCain interview on TV last night. Mainly when he said ," ...our military is too small and we need to expand the size of it as rapidly as possible..."

Don't you call that a draft?!?