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Hothead John McCain: Dishonorable Liar, Liar Pants On Fire

Jeepers. The Obama campaign launched an ad questioning John McCain’s long record of undercutting education in conjunction with a series of speeches that Obama has been doing on his education proposals. You can see the ad at right.

In response, the McCain campaign went apeshit.

McClatchy makes the call:

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….

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday of McCain’s ad: "It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls."

Penalty: 15 yards for the McCain campaign’s deliberate low blow.

Even more ridiculous? The McCain campaign picked this lunacy up from fringe right-winger Alan Keyes. Sad. It also got floated out in a test run last summer by such intellectual powerhouses as Tucker Carlson and Michelle Malkin, who apparently consider ignorance preferable to child molestation prevention through "bad touch" education so out-of-the-ordinary that even the Cub Scouts teach it. 

The fact that this false flag operation has been exposed as a lie — in 2004 and 2007 — didn’t stop the McCain campaign, though, did it?  Here’s the kicker, the dishonorable and dishonest McCain ad will run on Fox News and in local markets in PA, MI, OH, MO, MN, and WI.  Gee, did I just hear a dog whistle?

What the dishonest McCain ad doesn’t address?  McCain’s own education record.  Natch.  McCain — just like Bush.  All ego, no honor.   Haven’t we all had enough of that?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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