Monday, September 15, 2008

Richard Cohen's crisis in faith

Richard Cohen, by his own admission, is a founding father of McCain's base, but Cohen has had a crisis in faith.

Cohen knew that McCain's ad accusing Obama of teaching sex ed to 5 year olds was a lie as was the silliness about lipstick on a pig. But McCain wasn't responsible for the acts of his campaign, Cohen told himself, "the formulation 'I approve this message' was just boilerplate."

Then McCain went on The View last week and was confronted with his lies.
"Actually, they are not lies," he said.

Actually, they are.

McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains -- his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that's all -- but just as honorably. No more, though...

McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir -- the person in whose hands he would leave the country -- is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

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