....of Keith Richards telling you that you are doing too many drugs. When Keith Richards thinks you're doing too many drugs, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.
Some of McCain's ads (and the tales that have been planted on the Internet) are beyond typical campaign word-twisting, even beyond the Swift Boat attacks of four years ago. I saw one that claimed that Obama was mocking McCain's physical limitations brought about by his Vietnam imprisonment. How utterly absurd. The Obama ad in question commented that McCain doesn't know much about modern-day computers. Somehow the McCain team managed to twist that into "he's mocking the fact that McCain is physically unable to use a keyboard." Puhleeeze.
McCain is a better man than this, which is what is most surprising to me about it. That attack, the lipstick/pig nonsense and the rest of it tell me that McCain has nothing more substantive to get voters with so he has to resort to this kind of thing to try to discredit his opponent.
It is nothing new to see the rabid SE member leap to defend the most outrageous political rumor as completely real, or a slanderous lie... if one of us (me for example) points out that things have gobe too far, we are likely to be ridiculed as nonobjective. How about if an more neutral authority said things have gone too far? How about if one of the most influential spin doctors of modern times is publicly stating that the mud slinging has gone too far.
Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said Sunday that Sen. John McCain had gone "one step too far" in some of his recent ads attacking Sen. Barack Obama. Rove has leveled similar criticism against Obama.
"McCain has gone in some of his ads -- similarly gone one step too far," he told Fox News, "and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the '100 percent truth' test."
I have been amazed by some of the asinine threads that have been passed off as "serious" political discussions as of late. To call some of the thread subjects pathetic fiction is an insult to all the bad fiction ever written, yet some folk here have decided to defend ridiculous accusations against one candidate or another as if the fate of the nation balanced on the concession of a fabrication as being real. Yes, the fringe bloggers out there have posted slanderous lies, however, there are some members here who come throwing these lies in the forum' face as if the members here had #1 fabricated the lies ourselves, and #2 were responsible for issuing an apology for these fringe fanatics.
I would hope that if Mr Rove is publicly stating that both sides have gone too far, that some forum members here could also reconsider some of the asinine subjects they have chosen to insist are relevant enough to thrust upon us. The point being that is if some extreme right wing or left wing blogger decides to throw a lie into the public forum, we do not need to repeat it here on SE and in doing so, give credibility to the lies. Some times - no, most times - a lie just needs to be ignored, an exaggeration should be recognized as such, and an obvious attempt at trolling should be ignored.
I appreciate the fact that the forum mods have relaxed the ban on politics to the point where we can discuss the subject. I am just disappointed that no one is willing to swallow their hubris, and allow a serious discussion of real issues.