Sunday, June 22, 2008

Demand A Higher Level of Discourse

So, the website for Emily's List (the group that aims to support candidates that are Democrats, pro-abortion, and women), has this bold headline calling for you to "Demand a higher level of discourse!" which, in the deepest of ironies, is situated next to a banner ad for their smear-McCain page, on which, rather than promoting "a higher level of discourse", the people over at Emily's List are happy to repeat the false assertion that McCain wants to extend combat in Iraq for 100 years:

Well, in an effort to promote discourse (to a "higher level!"), let me just go ahead and add to the collection of blog entries putting McCain's comments in context.

Here's his actual quote:

Maybe a hundred. ... We’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as Americans, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It’s fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world.

What does Emily's List have against 100 years of Americans "not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed" exactly?

Of course, Emily's List is simply putting the out of context quote on their website, and that isn't nearly as bad as the DNC's ad misquoting McCain and Howard Dean's refusal to admit the ad took McCain out of context, as he did on Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday. Or's "Candles" ad. Or's new "Not Alex" ad.

Or, perhaps most bothersome of all, Obama's echoing of the same un-true smear.

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