McCain's Latest Exercise In Dishonest Fearmongering
by Todd Beeton, Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 11:29:44 AM EDT
A Jewish friend of mine alerted me to a new ad from John McCain, which aired just before Bill Clinton's speech last night in the Baltimore market. The McCain campaign describes the ad buy as "in key states" but my friend suspects it might better be described as "in Jewish markets."
Try to contain your disbelief but the ad takes comments Barack made about Iran completely out of contexst to portray him as soft on Israel.
Newsweek does some fact-checking:
McCain's new ad...quotes Obama saying that Iran is a "tiny" country that "doesn't pose a serious threat." It implies that he fails to see Iran's threat to Israel.
The picture changes dramatically when Obama's full quotes are considered:
Obama actually said of Iran, Cuba and Venezuela: "These countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union" (emphasis ours).
Likewise, he said those countries don't pose a serious threat to the United States "the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us." Obama has also said in speeches that Iran is Israel's greatest threat, and a serious threat to the region, and he has discussed its sponsorship of terrorism.
Does the timing of this line of attack on Barack portend a Lieberman VP selection? It's all the buzz here in the tent. The argument for: it will completely obliterate the "more of the same" narrative against McCain and it will dilute Obama's post-partisan message. For me, the argument against is more compelling: it would completely alienate the far right. We suspect McCain's choice will be leaked tonight in order to undermine the impact of Barack's speech. What do you think?