The New Narrative: Ready to Lie
Few things change an election narrative like a banking system failure. Sure, wars are great for a good crisis, too, but you can only start so many of them before, ah, before your banking system fails.
Last week, when Palin went up in the polls, lots of people (such as me) were having Gore-Kerry flashbacks, and Lord Wife noted that Obama explicitly kept hammering home two election points: economy and inequity. With the failures of AIG, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman brothers coming over the weekend, she speculates he was "banking" on some upcoming news. Whether or no, both Lord Wife and Obama are looking pretty damned smart this week.
The campaign followed the bad economic news with their own August fund-raising figures, which they'd held back on reporting:
(Reuters) Obama raises $66 million (a record) with 500,000 new donors.Slavering media coverage of Palin/McCain as a phenom began to curdle, and what the punditry just recently described as their 'misstatements,' 'possible inaccuracies,' and 'attacks' are now being openly called 'Lies:'
Rove offers a "hook" for all the lies coverage by commenting on FoxNews?Now conservatives are starting to pummel McPain in print:
(AFP) McCain, Palin defiant in 'lies' storm
A collection of some of the "lies" editorials.
David Brooks, conservative columnist, questions Sarah Palin's readiness.The McCain campaign's responses are as funny as cries for help:
Richard Cohen, rabid stump-chewing Zionist, calls McCain a liar.
Carly Fiorina, McCain economic advisor: "Palin couldn't run a corporation, neither could McCain."
McCain states on CNN, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."To put a cherry on top, what has long been begged for is now being done: they're slugging McCain in the throat. Obama is directly assaulting the Character Brand in spots called "Honor" and "Ready to Lie: An American Hero's Fall from Grace." Two months to go, but these should be effective for now.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, domestic policy advisor, holds up his Blackberry to a reporter and claims, "He did this. You're looking at a miracle John McCain helped create."
Me: "By the way, you may not have heard this yet, but John was once a PRISONER OF WAR."