Yesterday, the McCain campaign had a no good, very bad, foot in mouth disease kind of day.

…McCain senior policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin got the day started by saying the Arizona senator helped create the BlackBerry, a claim the Obama camp labeled “preposterous.”… 

“If John McCain hadn’t said that ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ on the day of one of our nation’s worst financial crises, the claim that he invented the BlackBerry would have been the most preposterous thing said all week,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

What else has John McCain invented? Take a peek.

And it gets worse.  It looks like McCain and his pal Joey have friends who invented a falsehood-laden push poll to turn Jewish voters against Obama.  

Will Lieberman stand up and solemnly wag his finger of shame and disappointment or will he stand silently by?  I’m gonna go with the latter.   McCain knows a lot about false push polling spreading deliberately worded lies. McCain back in 2000:

The deeply personal, usually anonymous allegations that make up a smear campaign are aimed at a candidate’s most precious asset: his reputation. The reason this blackest of the dark arts is likely to continue is simple: It often works.

Hypocrisy, much?  The McCain Jewish push poll may well sink below the already appallingly low standard of the utterly false and shameful sexual predator protection smear.  

ABC reports that the people behind the push poll have close ties to the McCain campaign.  Anyone else catching a whiff of eau de Turdblossom and Rove’s 527 coordination?

How low will McCain slink?  I don’t think we know yet

The press and fact check groups have had a field day with the easily debunked McCain lies (YouTube). And, apparently, McCain is taking out his ire at getting caught on the traveling press corps. Maturity rulz.

Jeebus, the folks at The Onion have got their work finding some satire that hasn’t already become reality this year, haven’t they? 

UPDATE:  Does the name David Flaum ring a neocon bell for any of the Scooter Libby fans in the audience?  (H/T to allan.) 

(YouTube — Super secret footage of the driver of the Straight Talk Express. Totally.)

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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