No one with an open mind can doubt by now that John McCain’s campaign involves telling a whole stack of lies. His hope is that voters will shrug, say “Yeah, all politicians lie; why should McCain be different?” and vote for him anyway.
Michael Cohen and Farhad Manjoo marshall the evidence that John McCain is no ordinary liar, that the variety and blatancy of his lies, and especially his willingness to keep repeating them after their falsehood has been exposed, put him in a class by himself.
Cohen thinks that McCain’s lying is a desperation throw, likely to fail; Majoo thinks that media frangmentation means that lying is more feasible now than it has been before, and hopes that Obama will adopt the McCain technique (for example, by spinning McCain’s opposition to earmarks and the fact that aid to Israel is an earmark into the claim that McCain wants to cut aid to Israel).
I’m with Cohen. If we’re as relentless in repeating the truth as McCain and his wingnut crew are in repeating the lies, I think we can win.
Fight with your own weapons. Watch with both eyes.