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Carville Says McCain Too Honorable To Know About Attack Ads

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So the McCain campaign runs attack ads against Barack Obama basically saying he wants to diddle your five year old, and what does "Democratic Consultant" James Carville say about it on CNN?

CARVILLE:  And John McCain, deep down inside my heart, you know, as you know, I’ve said before I admire McCain. I don’t believe he knew about it. I hope somebody asked him. But I refuse to believe that John McCain agreed to airing this spot. I know he says I’m John McCain, I paid for it but they have that in the can and they do it. It I don’t think he knew about it. I really don’t.

You’re kidding me, right?  The Republicans have made this campaign about character, once again.  They’ve smeared Obama with the ugliest, most disgusting, distorted ads we’ve seen since Willie Horton, and what does Carville do?  He lets McCain off the hook.

I’m listening to this come out of my teevee in a state of disbelief — he couldn’t possibly have said what I thought he said, did he?  So he says it again:

CARVILLE: I can’t sit here. They’re run a completely false ad against Barack Obama and you say he’s out there talking about this. I mean, my point is, I really don’t think that senator McCain knows about this ad, and in my heart of hearts, I want to believe he’s an absolutely furious about this and somebody’s being called on the carpet because this ad is blatantly completely false.

This is beyond "off message."  Does someone want to ask Carville what side he’s playing on?

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Carville Says McCain Too Honorable To Know About Attack Ads

photo by ca16938

So the McCain campaign runs attack ads against Barack Obama basically saying he wants to diddle your five year old, and what does "Democratic Consultant" James Carville say about it on CNN?

CARVILLE:  And John McCain, deep down inside my heart, you know, as you know, I’ve said before I admire McCain. I don’t believe he knew about it. I hope somebody asked him. But I refuse to believe that John McCain agreed to airing this spot. I know he says I’m John McCain, I paid for it but they have that in the can and they do it. It I don’t think he knew about it. I really don’t.

You’re kidding me, right?  The Republicans have made this campaign about character, once again.  They’ve smeared Obama with the ugliest, most disgusting, distorted ads we’ve seen since Willie Horton, and what does Carville do?  He lets McCain off the hook.

I’m listening to this come out of my teevee in a state of disbelief — he couldn’t possibly have said what I thought he said, did he?  So he says it again:

CARVILLE: I can’t sit here. They’re run a completely false ad against Barack Obama and you say he’s out there talking about this. I mean, my point is, I really don’t think that senator McCain knows about this ad, and in my heart of hearts, I want to believe he’s an absolutely furious about this and somebody’s being called on the carpet because this ad is blatantly completely false.

This is beyond "off message."  Does someone want to ask Carville what side he’s playing on?

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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