Basics of the current dustup -
First the McCain campaign expresses outrage at the remarks of Gen. Wesley Clark on Face The Nation this weekend, wherein Clark opined that McCain's military service as an naval aviator and POW didn't especially qualify McCain for the White House as nothing in his service involved "executive responsibility."
The McCain campaign responded quickly and loudly, claiming that Clark was insulting McCain's military service and calling on Barack Obama to repudiate Clark.
Obama countered by stating the he honored McCain's service and distancing himself from Clark's comments.
The McCain campaign and its echo chamber (Fox News and the right-wing blogosphere) are still trying to pump the story, but it will probably fade by the end of the week.
Anyway, the hypocritical part?
McCain objected so much to the perceived criticism of his military service that he relied upon an old friend and cellmate from his POW days to help him fend off the attack (imagined or otherwise).
Col. Bud Day joined the McCain "Truth Squad."
The same Bud Day who was part of the 2004 Swift Boat campaign of lies and innuendo targeted at the military service of Sen. John Kerry.
Yup, McCain objects so strongly to criticism of a presidential candidate's military service, even open and honest criticism, that he has commissioned the services of people with a history of lying about the military service of presidential candidates.
...But for the McCainiacs' twisting and twisted two-step, this next story would have taken the lead on everyone's "Republicans and their hypocritical follies" report (credit for the heads-up goes out to Countdown With Keith Olbermann on MSNBC)...
A proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution was recently introduced in the Senate, one that would restrict marriage to the union of one man and one woman.
S.J.Res. 43 was introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).
Two of the original cosponsors of the measure (Note: in this context, 'original cosponsor' means that they signed on to the bill from the moment it was introduced) -
Sen. Larry "Disorderly Conduct" Craig (R-ID) and Sen. David "Family Values" Vitter (R-LA).
Note: in *this* context, "disorderly conduct" means "sexually propositioned an undercover police officer in a public restroom" and "family values" means "married but a regular customer of a Washington, D.C. madam because his
All of the Republicans involved in today's post have many times previously, claimed that people were spreading lies about them.
To that I say, "why would anyone bother with the effort, when the truth is so much easier, and a *lot* juicier."
Plus, there's no way that anyone could make up something as outlandish as their reality.
Coverage at The Huffington Post here.