08 October 2008

after the debate, my reaction...

The Lie Clock


A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.

He asked, 'What are all those clocks?'

St. Peter answered, 'Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.

Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.'

'Oh,' said the man, 'whose clock is that?'

'That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.'

'Incredible,' said the man'. And whose clock is that one?'

St. Peter responded, 'That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life..'

'Where's Senator McCain's clock?' asked the man.

'McCain's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan.

I didn't watch the entire debate, I had a HEDAC Board Meeting last night. I saw the talk on CNN for a little bit before we left the meeting and it didn't seem that the analysts, both those with political affiliation (partisan) and those who were media representatives (nonpartisan), didn't seem to be saying in their first response after the debate that John McCain did as well as he needed and wanted to do.

After I got home, I turned on CNN & MSNBC because they were replaying the debate. So, I switched back and forth watching parts of it.

My initial reaction was dislike for the smarmy "My Friend(s)" phrase McCain kept using. It was transparently pandering and unconvincing.

The rest of the parts I watched had McCain bringing up things that have consistently been proven false concerning Senator Obama by sites like FactCheck.org and the New York Times along with others. Yet, he continues to use them.

As an example, the reference to Senator Obama's connection to Freddie and Fannie. One of McCain's major aides was receiving $30,000 a month from one of the companies until it was discovered. There are others on his staff who also have/had connections to the companies - making lots of money. Obama didn't deny that he had some connection Fannie and Freddie. He reported that he brought up regulation a couple of years before McCain said it was his idea.

AmericaBlog had an article this morning citing the Obama Campaign displaying the 17 Lies they heard Senator McCain spout last night. The comments after the post have readers citing others. Check it out.

This morning, I heard the "That One" phrase. It just trickled off McCain's lips with no hesitation but with malice behind it. I can see the reason the pundits and media are grabbing on to it. It was rude to speak of someone not more than seven feet from you that you are in a debate with as if he weren't there. I also would propose that it had a slight racial undertone to it. An undertone that runs throughout the Mcpains. They are being as careful as they can be, but they are creating new racial epithets in their speechifying.

So much for being a "straight shooter" as he considers himself.

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