John McCain just can't get his straight talk to come out straight. He keeps pandering and lying and generally abusing the goodwill he engendered decades ago when he at least behaved as though straight talk were something more than a slogan. Nowadays John spends a good deal of his time outright lying to people. For instance he proposed the surge, and now is backing away from it so fast you wonder if he might break the sound barrier in so doing. The media has built him up as this paragon of independent virtue, and he's daily tempting fate by lying every chance he gets.
The new Capitol Hill newspaper, The Politico, launches tomorrow. In its lead story — an exclusive interview with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — the senator lashes out against Vice President Dick Cheney. Roger Simon writes:
With his presidential hopes tied to an administration whose Iraq policy he supports but cannot control, John McCain for the first time blamed Vice President Cheney for what McCain calls the “witch’s brew” of a “terribly mishandled” war in which U.S. forces are on the verge of defeat.
Although McCain had once lavished praise on the vice president, he said in an interview in his Senate office: “The president listened too much to the Vice President … Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense.”
At a July 15, 2004 appearance in Michigan, McCain called Cheney “one of the most capable, experienced, intelligent and steady vice presidents this country has ever had.”
Also in the interview, McCain continued his back-pedaling from the escalation strategy that he first proposed. After offering a full-throated endorsement of the Bush plan just days ago, McCain opened the door to the redeployment of U.S. forces back to the borders of Iraq should the president’s plan fail. He added, “I don’t know if this is enough troops or not. I can’t guarantee success by doing this.”
A question, which of the following similes is most apt:
John McCain's talk is as straight as:
A) Billy's (from Family Circus) route to a friend's house
B) Clay Aiken's sexuality
C) a spirograph drawing
D) Marilyn Monroe's silhouette
Feel free to pick the best simile, or make up your own.