McCain launches negative ad based on lie: The new Karl Rove version of John McCain is now on full display

McCain has a new, nasty attack ad running against Obama. It’s based on pure falsehoods and a fake GOP created controversy — and the sick thing is that McCain is now using wounded U.S. soldiers as political fodder. No surprise really — except for McCain’s media toadies who still think he’s a stand-up guy. McCain has the Bush/Rove crew on board and this is standard procedure for them. McCain has got nothing to offer the American people so McCain is setting out to destroy Obama’s reputation. He can’t win — he can only make Obama lose.

The Obama campaign sent out this response:

“John McCain is an honorable man who is running an increasingly dishonorable campaign. Senator McCain knows full well that Senator Obama strongly supports and honors our troops, which is what makes this attack so disingenuous. Senator Obama was honored to meet with our men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan this week and has visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed numerous times. This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Senator Obama sought to avoid, and it’s not worthy of Senator McCain or the ‘civil’ campaign he claimed he would run,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Just today, the Washington Post, which cuts McCain every break possible, trashed McCain over his latest line of attack against Obama’s patriotism:

This is not the “politics of civility” that Mr. McCain was promising as recently as last month.

“What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day,” Mr. McCain wrote in a letter to Mr. Obama proposing weekly town hall meetings. With these latest comments, Mr. McCain falls short of the standards he set out.

This isn’t the McCain they thought they knew. This is Karl Rove’s John McCain. Wonder what David Broder (and all the Broder wannabes like Cillizza) thinks of this?

And, team Obama needs to hit back hard — really hard. Obama has repeatedly said he won’t let the campaign get distracted. His words “Not this time” have reinforced that message. Now is the time to prove it.

We’ve been saying the GOP was going to get nastier and uglier than anything we’ve ever seen. It’s starting.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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