by Carl Pope -- Sierra Club Executive Director
Washington, DC -- I have just listened to carefully coached staff members for Senator John McCain lie repeatedly about the Senator's failure to show up and vote on the first Senate economic-stimulus package, which included tax incentives for clean energy. I am in a state of shock not because of the Senator's vote, although that disappointed me, nor over his desire to avoid public accountability for that vote -- that's politics. But to carefully coach your Senate staff (I assume the Chief of Staff, not the Senator, was the author of this shameful performance) in how to mislead callers in such depth is appalling, and surprising, because it was almost certain to be found out. [emphasis added]
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Of course he should be ashamed. But, when has McCain ever actually been ashamed?
When he went into a back room and redefined torture? No.
When he redefined 'straight talk'? No.
When he kissed Jerry Falwell's ring after repeatedly denouncing him? No.
When he called for a continuation, for the next century, of an illegal and abhorrent war? No.
When he pursued and accepted the endorsement of an illegal and abhorrent president? No.
When he not only refused to allow gays to marry but made sure only absolutely traditional marriages be allowed to take place just to be sure those pesky gays don't find a way to weasel through a loophole somehow.
When he embraced Karl Rove's tactics and accepted $2300.00 from him? No.
Please note: every one of these actions has, obviously, been 'found out' -- and McCain, apparently, does not care.
There is no hypocrisy to which it is too low for McCain to stoop if the presidency is the prize.