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I know there are nearly 2 months to go. Many banana skins, and even more lies are between Obama and Nov. 4th ....

The news cycle is, as most are agreed, a 24/7 beast. Today's hero can quite easily become tomorrow's villian.

Over the past many months now we have all witnessed the MSM giving a virtual "free pass" to the McCain Campaign, allowing him corrections, where we just know that Obama would have been taken to task.

Then we had the DNC, and we all felt great. And so we should. We were treated to the rare sight of a man of conviction, ready to lead his country. And he is, and he will.

Then came the RNC, complete with Sarah.

And the news cycle shifted. Sure there were murmurings, but they were buried under an avalanche of lipstick. Then the murmurings grew, and grew, and are still growing.

Not content with riding the crest of the Palin Wave, the McCain Campaign thought they could lie with impunity. They had no reason to believe any other than that their lies would be accepted. Maybe the odd minor "correction" would be needed but hey, who was ever going to see it?

Well now ..... Karl Rove, advisor to the Campaign saw it, and called it right there on Republican Central (aka Fox News). Tucker Bounds got another beating from a girl on Republican Central (aka ... you got it).

When Foc News is calling the Campaign "Liars", then they are so far in the soft and smelly they are in danger of running out of oxygem

The New York Time is calling their shit
The Washington Post is calling them
CBS has been running their "Reality Check" for weeks

These are but a few, and they are definitely Mainstream. No longer is the McCain Campaign being given carte-blanche to lie and cheat. Sarah Palin can make a meal out of refusing to cooperate with an investigation (Has the Alaska Senate taken Impeachment off the table?), and McCain can suggest that Obama is criticizing American Workers because he doesn't agree with him (John McCain)and they can do it for the next 50 days.

But the writing is on the wall. The wheels are falling off and the lies and excuses are just beginning to sound desperate and feeble. As evidence for this I offer the fact that even Fox News is noticing; and I am wondering if the Right are preparing the way for throwing him under a Moose and preparing for 2012.

It's not over. It won't be over until the polls close on the 4th November. But at least THIS news cycle offers a clearer view of the winning post.

Barack, Joe, keep at'em, you can see the whites of their eyes.

Originally posted to Every Part of You Belongs to You on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:02 PM PDT.

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  •  If Obama's going to win, he needs a narrative. (1+ / 3-)
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    get the red out
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    zhimbo, luckylizard, FORUS50

    Obama is gonna lose if he doesn't get a narrative with a slogan. Here's two:

    "We can't afford four more years." Obama and Biden have done alright with this one. Hit McCain = Bush OVER AND OVER again.

    "John McCain has lost his honor." John McCain goes on and on about his "honor" but, as we all know, he's a dirty liar. Hit him with it. Turn him not just into Bush III, but Nixon II. Make him completely untrustworthy.

    •  "Grownups are speaking" nt (2+ / 0-)
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      VA Breeze, pickandshovel
    •  We just can't afford more of the same (1+ / 0-)
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      get the red out

      is perfectly sound and makes the point as well as anything I've seen.

      The lack of honor as contrasting with his image does need to be pushed as well though, something like 'McCain Power before Honor' - but that's not catchy enough.

      hope springs eternal

      by ahyums on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:13:35 PM PDT

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    •  They broke it (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, Amber6541

      and we'll fix it.

    •  Stop the damn spam! (5+ / 0-)

      Consign corporatism to the dankest crypt, and assign justice to the highest crag. For A More Perfect Union.

      by Alohilani on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:31:08 PM PDT

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    •  You've posted this identical comment (7+ / 0-)

      at least 12 times in the last couple of hours.

      STOP. IT.

    •  Maybe spend some time listening (5+ / 0-)

      and paying attention before you start giving the Obama campaign advice. They're doing pretty well so far.

      In the meantime, what are you actually doing to help Obama-Biden to get elected? Anything?  

      I trust the Obama-Biden campaign. These folks know what the hell they are doing.

      by Jennifer Clare on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:39:09 PM PDT

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    •  Don't you get it? (1+ / 0-)
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      Dretutz

      The more you call him names, the more you attack McCain's strength (particularly his honor, duty, service to country, patriotism, etc) the more you alienate average people who's daughter or nephew attend one of the military academies and know how trustworthy these kids are. Or who's son or father serves now and wonders who'll attack them when they return. Then calling McCain a 'dirty liar' who served 22 years in uniform (many under severe circumstances) and try to associate him with Nixon? Not a good thing to remind people that McCain went to VietNam under the democrats orders and was a POW until Nixon's second term. So, how is he like Nixon? He pretty much MISSED the entire Nixon era. Not the strongest connection.

      The swiftboat campaign worked for 2 reasons:

      1. because REAL swiftboat vets who served WITH and around Kerry in VN on the boats disagreed with Kerry's narative of his actions and accomplishments in combat. It happens. I remember some things differently than a guy in my unit who wrote a book about our unit in the Gulf war. If one wants to 'swiftboat' McCain, do it. Just find 5 or 6 POWs with McCain in prison  who'll say McCain was dishonorable in prison or he made up his actions (ie, is wounds didn't actually happen, he colluded with the enemy, etc)and poof! Swiftboated! But... you have to get those witnesses first...
      1. Kerry took many of his service medals and awards and threw them back over a fence at the pentagon during a protest. He considered them worthless and badges of shame. Yet, 20 years later, he re-cast himself as a loyal patriot and claimed pride in the awards. The general public (and many who served with Kerry on the boats) saw the glaring disconnect.

      If an actor gets an academy award and throws it back on stage saying he doesn't want the 'trash'... don't expect any more awards...or good will... regarding those awards.

      The long and short is, the more virulent the attacks on McCain's person, the more HE wears them as badges of honor to energize his base and convice leaners how anit-american the Obama side really is.

      The left's main downfall is pride. They consider conservatives stupid and backward (how many citations of how stupid and ignorant Bush is could I cite?). Lincolns opponents (Republicans and Democrats alike) considered him backward, uneducated, and a poor speaker. One should never underestimate his opponent. Lincoln won 2 elections, and so did Reagan being called "stupid" and "doddering" by much smarter candidates and their surrogates. Now Bush has won 2 elections and Obama is inexplicably slowly losing this one to dumb old doddering McCain. Calling McCain names won't help.

      •  McCain can't win (4+ / 0-)
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        Mr X, anabelle, Amber6541, Alohilani

        with just his base.

        Independents, I suggest, are far more likely to vote issues, and scrutinise the lies.

        Esp. if the media narrative gives them permission.

        We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

        by twigg on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:47:14 PM PDT

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        •  re:McCain can't win (0+ / 0-)

          The Giant's can't beat the Patriots. The 1980 US Hockey team can't beat the russians. Dewey defeats Truman. The unsinkable Titanic. Buster Douglas 100:1 underdog to Tyson. All great Headlines.. but before the event. They are all wrong, too.

          McCain/Palin CAN'T beat Obama. That's a great headline. That's what I tell everyone I meet, too. No reason for them to vote, its already been decided. Just sit at home and wait for the change...
          Like I said. The left's downfall is pride and underestimating their opponents.

  •  Lesson:U can't lie your way into the Whitehouse (0+ / 0-)
  •  except for the end of days types (4+ / 0-)
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    Marie, luckylizard, Amber6541, Alohilani

    nobody wants a republican running a depression.

    •  Maybe (4+ / 0-)

      Keep on it.  Letters to editors, post on mainstream blogs.  Amplify.  

      Fear is the mind killer

      by Sun dog on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:08:49 PM PDT

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    •  Only by the "angry left" (7+ / 0-)

      Having lived through the Reagan era, I don't see it.  I agree with Nate Silver - people inclined to like Palin will continue to like her, regardless of the idiocy she spews.

      That's actually why the aerial hunting ad from the weekend is so powerful - it completely recontextualizes the adorable hockey-mom as a ruthless murderer, an irrefutable reality even her fans will have trouble digesting.

      Maverick - a calf that has become separated from its mother. By convention, it can become the property of whichever lobbyist finds it first.

      by Minerva on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:14:10 PM PDT

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      •  I think they will like her too (4+ / 0-)
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        Minerva, VA Breeze, Amber6541, nirbama

        But will they vote for her?

        I'm not so sure that even those who think she is a breath of fresh air want her running the ecomony, and their pensions.

        We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

        by twigg on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:17:12 PM PDT

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      •  In fact, you've reminded me of a poignant... (4+ / 0-)

        ...anecdote.

        Back in the 1980s, 60 Minutes ran a story on the lies of Ronald Reagan - crazy shit that was completely made up, like how he had helped liberate death camps in Europe (quite a feat to accomplish from movie lots in LA).  I think it may have been the one pointing out how the idea for SDI came to him from recalling a children's movie from the 1950s.  There may have been a couple of them.

        The pinnacle of the one story, though was how Reagan fabricated a story for a WWII commemoration (I think of the Normandy invasion), about how a turret gunner got trapped in the bottom well of a plane that was doomed to crash.  The pilot supposedly said to him, don't worry son, we'll ride this one down together - and stayed in the plane, rather than bailing out.  "Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously awarded," said Ron.

        This was of course absurd, and came from the plot of a B-movie.

        I saw this at my Missouri-born Grandma's house and began railing about what an idiot Reagan was.  My grandmother and grandfather tried to shush me - "the liberals just want Reagan to look bad.  He's the best thing that ever happened to this country!"

        My grandmother had been a painter, a fine portraitist.  When she passed away, while we were cleaning out her closets, we discovered a loving portrait she had made of Ronald Reagan from a photograph, dated 1989, surely after that story aired.

        Reagan's lies didn't matter a whit to my Grandma...

        Maverick - a calf that has become separated from its mother. By convention, it can become the property of whichever lobbyist finds it first.

        by Minerva on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:26:14 PM PDT

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  •  Reading to much of Dkos.... (4+ / 0-)

    this race is a toss up based on the polls.

    I personally think Obama needs to show more steel, some anger, but that's just my opinion.

  •  Thanks for your diary, I'm getting all riled up! (2+ / 0-)
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    twigg, Alohilani
  •  Not quite there yet... (6+ / 0-)

    When Billo finally calls McSame and 2nd Place out, I'll have the pigs fueled and ready to fly.

    It's coming though... I can feel it.

  •  Nope - we're still firmly trapped in the meme (4+ / 0-)

    that tax cuts are the only path to economic growth.

    I didn't see a single reporter today call a single Republican robo-blatherer on the complete failure of Reaganomics...

    Calling McCain on lies is but an eyeblink.  Look again and you'll see that the monster that replaced journalism in this country is still staring at you, vacuous and bloodthirsty...

    Maverick - a calf that has become separated from its mother. By convention, it can become the property of whichever lobbyist finds it first.

    by Minerva on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:11:22 PM PDT

  •  Like McCaskill said (12+ / 0-)

    on Sunday and Obama picked up today,

    "To be honorable, you have to be honest."

    They need to say this ad infinitum b/c they can tie it to every issue, every policy, every add smear, every lie and every McCain vote.

    Facts are stubborn things- John Adams

    by Veritas36 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:16:09 PM PDT

  •  The more McCain and Palin are forced to make (4+ / 0-)
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    Vicky, CurlyQ, Amber6541, Alohilani

    televised  economic statements reacting to breaking market news, the more they will flounder.

    Their combined knowledge of economics belongs on the tv show.."Who's smarter than a fifth grader?"

    "So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."- Willie Wonka

    by crystal eyes on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:20:19 PM PDT

  •  To plagarize Churchill... (2+ / 0-)
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    yoduuuh do or do not, Alohilani

    Today's events brought about "the end of the beginning."

    "...and I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords." --Kent Brockman

    by dhshoops on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:21:01 PM PDT

  •  If Rove's calling out the lies..... (4+ / 0-)
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    mozlover, twigg, Amber6541, Alohilani

    ...that means only one thing!

    We must be cautious...

    It profits a PUMA nothing to give their soul for the whole world... but for McCain? --Sir Thomas More (if he were here now)

    by LordMike on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 08:24:33 PM PDT

  •  It's the end of McCain's reputation (8+ / 0-)

    Richard Cohen just wrote this in the Washington Post (it will appear in tomorrow morning's edition):

    And so McCain lied about his lying and maybe thinks that if he wins the election, he can -- as he did in South Carolina -- renounce who he was and what he did and resume his old persona. It won't work. Karl Marx got one thing right -- what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.

    U.S. News & World Report, hardly a leftist outfit, has a column in its edition this week entitled "McCain's Journey from Maverick to Liar."

    We haven't seen this kind of open disdain for a major national political figure since Nixon.  One can argue about the significance of these kinds of scathing media attacks on mccain, but consider the following: the republican party is not coming to mccain's defense.  Where are the stinging rebukes to those like Cohen, Steven Chapman of the Chicago Tribune, Paul Krugman, and others who are openly assailing mccain's character?  Where is the firestorm of rightwing rage?

    There may be something happening here.  One thing is for sure, however.  The rule against attacks on mccain's character have been rescinded.  It's open season on mccain.

    •  Maybe they want the Dems to win (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, Alohilani

      so when the ship is not righted immediately (or within the 1st year or 2) they can blame the Democrats, hoping people forgot that the Republicans caused all the problems in the first place.

      We never know the worth of water `til the well is dry. Thomas Fuller 1732

      by Amber6541 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 09:09:35 PM PDT

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    •  There's a war for the soul (2+ / 0-)
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      twigg, Alohilani

      of the Republican Party. And none of the armies like John McCain.

      The Norquistians hate him for voting against the Bush tax cuts. Yeah, he's singing their song now, but they haven't forgotten, and they haven't forgiven.

      The Dobsonites hate him for what he said about Falwell and Robertson. Yeah, he's singing their song now, but they haven't forgotten, and they haven't forgiven.

      The Libertarian types hate him for McCain / Feingold. Actually, all of the power blocs in the GOP hate him for that one, but the Libertarians' hatred is actually based on principle. The other bunches just know that it hurt their interests.

      Everybody hates him for the "Gang of 14" compromise on judicial appointments.

      Everybody hates him for the immigration bill.

      If he wins, none of these groups will be able to claim credit for it. If he loses, they'll all be fighting to claim that the Republicans would have won, if only they'd nominated their kind of Conservative.

      The only place I encounter large numbers of Conservatives is on the gun boards that I frequent. I've heard all of these criticisms of McCain, and many more. It's impossible to understand, given his voting record, but Conservatives really dislike John McCain.

      They think he's a liberal.

      Really.

      And a lot of them are convinced that, if he wins, it will mean the death of the Republicans as a Conservative party.

      --Shannon

      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
      "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

      by Leftie Gunner on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 09:38:25 PM PDT

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    •  Palin embarrassed them on ABC thats what happened (2+ / 0-)
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      and since McCain picked her, he's an embarrassment as well. Let's remember they never really liked him, ok?

      And how would like to try defending her for 50 days? Everyday its something. McCain is losing his "honorable" status (which fro the GOP = patriotism)...I mean its just a big steaming pile of mess.

      They realize that as exciting as she was to oick, she's a dead end candidate with a new scandal every day. she's dumb as a doornail and they cannot sustain the fantasy pf Palin for 50 days in today's electoral climate. And when people realize how absolutely stupid, corrupt and vindictive she is, all eyes will turn to McCain and the republican party. America will as what we've been asking since the pick?

      Country Forst? REALLY? NO, [olitics as usual and anything to get elected. And the seeds of distrust and disdain for teh party will have been firmly and deeply planted.

      She will ultimately destroy the party b/c of all the lies and smears and willful deception that would be necessary to get into the white house. Thing is, if it doesn't work the party would be worse off than how Bush is leaving it.

      She's pure trouble for the party and for the election.

      And as lock step as republicans can be, they, like the democrats, put the long term good of the party party first. McCain is willing to sacrifice his own reputation but the party will not allow him to destroy whatever semblance of legitimacy they think they still have after Bush.

      But...i could be wrong.

  •  I hear you (3+ / 0-)
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    It is head scratching that their are NO Republicans coming to his defense ON ANYTHING the last few days.

    Is there a coup planned where he gets ill and "needs to spend time with his family" and Romney becomes the nominee?  

    John McCain "Get Off My Lawns!!"

    by FORUS50 on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 09:09:30 PM PDT

  •  Every Day is the Beginning of the End (0+ / 0-)

    At least that's something to look forward to.

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 09:27:56 PM PDT

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