January 17, 2008

BUT, WAIT, WASN'T THAT SUPPOSED TO BE A ROVEBUSH OP?:

McCain Parries a Reprise of 2000 Smear Tactics (ELISABETH BUMILLER, 1/17/08, NY Times)

Volunteers making telephone calls for Senator John McCain in South Carolina last weekend noticed something odd: Four people contacted said in remarkably similar language that they opposed Mr. McCain for president because of his 1980 divorce from his first wife, Carol, who raised the couple’s three children while Mr. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

By Tuesday afternoon, a group calling itself Vietnam Veterans Against McCain had sent out a crude flier accusing the candidate of selling out fellow P.O.W.’s to save himself.

By Tuesday evening, a group called Common Sense Issues, which supports Mike Huckabee, had begun making what it said were a million automated calls to households in South Carolina telling voters, according to one of the calls, that Mr. McCain “has voted to use unborn babies in medical research.” (The campaign of Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said it had no connection to the group and had asked it to stop the calls.)

Mr. McCain quickly fired back, but he has seen this movie before. In the 2000 South Carolina primary, one of the most notorious smear campaigns in recent American politics peddled distortions and lies about him, among them that Mr. McCain’s current wife, Cindy, was a drug addict and that the couple’s daughter Bridget, adopted from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh, was a black child Mr. McCain had fathered out of wedlock.


All that misplaced anger at W....

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2008 4:39 PM
Comments

"among them that Mr. McCain’s current wife, Cindy, was a drug addict"

That at least is true. She stole drugs that a group she led was giving to poor children.

Plus, his treatment of his first wife was not his best moment. She had been in a car accident while he was a prisoner and had "lost" her looks. Some sort of spine compression if I remember right.

McCain dumped her first chance he got to marry the younger and prettier Cindy, whose father was one of the richest men in Arizona.

Posted by: Bob at January 17, 2008 10:41 PM

New wife is rich and beautiful. Maybe he's not as dumb as he looks.

Posted by: erp at January 18, 2008 8:38 AM
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