July 10, 2004
In March of 2001, We Wrote This Editorial Defending John McCain Against the Unconscionable Bush/Karl Rove Slander Machine. But, Now We Know, McCain is Just Another GOP Hypocrite, Embracing the Man Who Defamed Him, His Vietnam Record and His Family.
Bush Character Assassination Squad Has McCain in Its Crosshairs, Again
Originally Posted in March of 2001
You don't have to be a John McCain fan to sympathize with the guy as he once again gets mugged by the Bush character assassination squad. Last year, they slandered his character in the South Carolina primary in order to put a stake in the heart of his surging bid for the GOP presidential nomination, and now they are using surrogates to malign him once again.
McCain isn't a progressive by any stretch of the imagination on most issues. His political positions generally range from right to hard right.
But on his trademark issue, that of campaign finance reform, it would be hard to find fault with him. Sure, Buzzflash will argue, his bill could be stronger. But no one else could have carried the concept this far along with such determination and pluck. And he's broken away from right wing Republican dogma on reforming managed care and on at least some modest gun control efforts.
Because McCain doesn't walk lockstep with Trent Lott and Bush (and because he poses a long-shot threat of challenging Bush in the 2004 primaries or running as an independent), the Karl "Darth Vader" Rove propaganda machine is trying to cut McCain off at the knees.
And how are they attacking McCain? Why by claiming that he wasn't really a war hero after all.
Just read this commentary from a Rove journalist mouthpiece:
For the Bush court jesters to attack McCain's war record is akin to Rush Limbaugh calling Michael Jordan fat and clumsy. After all, Bush evaded service in Vietnam and was basically missing during his last year of National Guard Service.
Furthermore, awhile back we printed [furnished by http://www.rackjite.com/chawks.htm (now availalbe here)] the following list of GOP stalwarts who avoided service in Vietnam:
Add to this list Attorney General Ashcroft, who got out of Vietnam by claiming that he was vitally needed to teach law. Then there's Michigan GOP Governor John Engler, who was too fat for service in Vietnam, according to a BuzzFlash reader. Actually, the list is too long to print without distracting from today's commentary.
The hypocrisy of maligning McCain's indisputable war record isn't new for the Busheviks. Karl Rove, with Dubya's blessing, has been attacking McCain's character for a long time. It may seem brazenly hypocritical, but that is the defining trademark of the Bush administration.
Read this excerpt from an article in the Dallas Morning News (December 2, 1999), entitled "Rivals again fault Bush over rumors":
This dusted-off article evidences the same deplorable pattern we've seen over and over again. Apparently, with the full knowledge of Bush, Karl Rove plays gutter politics to the extreme. Meanwhile, Rove has Karen Hughes and Ari Fleischer position Bush as running a positive campaign and presidency.
When will the press and the Democrats say what needs to be said? Bush was a Vietnam evader who was basically missing in non-action for his last year of National Guard service: McCain is a war hero who is being slandered by the low life-likes of Karl Rove.
And where are the right wing hordes who fulminated at the mouth in a psychotic frenzy over Clinton's decision not to serve in Vietnam? Why aren't they standing up to defend McCain's honor?
Who will stand up -- in the world of journalism or politics -- to denounce the Bush sleazebag propaganda machine?
Who will say what needs to be said: "Have you no mercy, have you no shame?"
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL