July 10, 2004
GOP Hypocrite of the Week: John McCain
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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Welcome back to the BuzzFlash.com GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
John McCain asserts, in a 2004 Bush-Cheney Campaign ad, that Bush "has led with great moral clarity and firm resolve." The Chicago Tribune called it "an impassioned testimonial from John McCain."
That "moral clarity" stuff is pretty hard to swallow after Bush unleashed Karl Rove to slander -- in the most base and racist way -- McCain and his family during the 2000 South Carolina Republican primary. Karl and his gutter crawlers tossed everything at the New Hampshire GOP Primary victor, including phone calls to voters implying McCain was the father of an illegitimate black child and a whispering campaign that he was not really a Vietnam war hero after all. And these revolting smears were just for starters.
So McCain knows that he's dealing with a man who leads a team that crawls through the sewer on a daily basis, a team of slanderers and liars.
Maybe that's why McCain made this charge on the Bill Moyers show "Now":
There's much more that McCain knows about the despicable tactics of an administration without any ethical or moral compass, a White House that lies so brazenly it has become banal.
But McCain took the route of the hypocrite and decided to become a Bush Cartel team player and claim, with a straight face, that Bush is a man of "moral clarity." That's like calling a toxic sludge dump a pristine lake.
Of course, speculation is bubbling that Cheney might bow out of the ticket at the last minute for health reasons and be replaced with, well, John McCain as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. We wouldn't dare to speculate that this might have anything to do with McCain's supporting a man that defamed the Vietnam War hero and his family in the most vile of ways during the 2000 election.
But even if the Cheney resignation scenario unfolded, John McCain wouldn't really be the Vice-President, just as Bush isn't really the President. The battery-operated Dick Cheney would still be sitting in the Oval Office pantry whispering instructions to George W. on how to further bring this nation into a state of corporate crony ruin.
That would be divine justice for our hypocrite of the week, John McCain. He would be nothing more than a figurehead Vice-President, as Cheney continued in his role as Chairman of the Board of America, Inc.
Poor John. We always were polar opposites with him on social programs and war policy, but like many others, we thought that the man had some integrity.
Now, we know he's just another Republican hack -- and our 39th GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Until next week, remember the BuzzFlash slogan: So many Republican Hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL