McCain now lying, saying staff never said he invented the BlackBerry

Yeah, and we’d almost have believed you, except that the “joke” was the same “joke” that McCain is himself quoted as saying by Scientific American. Note the “joke” the McCain campaign is now saying an aide told earlier today about McCain helping to create the BlackBerry.

Asked what work John McCain did as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee that helped him understand the financial markets, the candidate’s top economic adviser wielded visual evidence: his BlackBerry.

“He did this,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin told reporters this morning, holding up his BlackBerry. “Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce committee so you’re looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that’s what he did.”

Now note the non-joke in which McCain himself, using the exact same language as the “joke,” says that he helped create the cell phone and wi-fi:

I am the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Committee plays a major role in the development of technology policy, specifically any legislation affecting communications services, the Internet, cable television and other technologies. Under my guiding hand, Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology that enables Americans to surf the web while sitting at a coffee shop, airport lounge, or public park.

So was McCain “joking” too – pretty stupid way to run a presidential campaign, putting our repeated “jokes” lying about your boss’s record, or did the McCain aide in fact tell the truth as the campaign sees it, that John McCain thinks he created the Blackberry? It’s pretty clear that the campaign thinks all of this is true, but now is running scared because this lie was one lie too many.

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