Does McCain have any honor left?

Mr. President,
“We know these ads are lies,” said co-host Joy Behar. “But you say ‘I approve these messages.’ Do you really approve them?”

That is where the women of the “View” on ABC took the conversation on McCain’s
fifth appearance on the program.

Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg chimed in as well, refusing to let the senator much time to repeat his worn out political mantra.

He underestimated the women. Even the show’s lone conservative voice Elisabeth Hasselbeck didn’t leave him off the hook as she peppered him with questions about his intention to overturn Roe versus Wade.

Perhaps he prefers women as beauty pageant contestants like Mrs. McCain and Sarah Palin or that stripper he once dated.

Your buddy McCain’s campaign strategy was put to the test on that Friday morning and it failed miserably.

He looked ridiculous as he tried in vain to keep to his scripted talking points.

The show’s hosts peppered him so much that Barbara Walters took the time to get a reading from the audience and asked them if they were too rough on the Senator, to which the crowd at the studio taping shouted “No.”

But it was Joy Behar who cut to the quick when she said.” “We know these ads are lies, but you say ‘I approve these messages.’ Do you really approve them?”

That moment may be remembered much like Joe McCarthy’s moment before the ABC cameras back in 1954.

Wisconsin’s GOP senator Joe McCarthy had a fairly unremarkable career in the Senate during the forties until he claimed that he knew of communists working in Washington, Hollywood, universities and in the rest of mainstream America during the height of tensions with the Soviet Union.

McCarthy consistently used charges of communism, communist sympathies, or disloyalty to attack his adversaries.

If you substitute the words terrorist for communist in that last sentence, you have a ready-made script for Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

McCarthy was riding high until June 9 1954 when he and his committee held the
Army-McCarthy hearings before the new media wonder of live television on the ABC network.

Scores of witnesses were frightened into making false assertions about their peers as they appeared before McCarthy’s House Committee of Un-American Activities. No one dared to question McCarthy for fear of appearing unpatriotic or un-American.

During the televised meeting Special Counsel for the Army Joseph N. Welch had a serious disagreement with McCarthy over
Fred Fisher, a young attorney who had once belonged to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a group which McCarthy called "the legal mouthpiece of the Communist Party."

Welsh was pissed. The discussion about Fred Fisher before the committee, was a violation of a pre-hearing agreement because the designation was being litigated.

Welch vehemently responded:
"Until this moment, Senator, I think I never gauged your cruelty or recklessness...."
"Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator.... You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

Joseph Welch's famous words heralded the end of Senator Joseph McCarthy's political career.

Fifty four years after that day on a different ABC stage Joy Barr calls McCain out on lies which he is espousing and supporting.

How weird is that. McCarthy and McCain both got outed on ABC television.

McCarthy went down in history as a caricature and became an ‘ism.’ McCarthism became a term describing the intense
anti-communist suspicion.

Is John McCain going to suffer the same fate? Will he also become an “ism” which defines someone hopelessly beyond his game, beyond his moment of glory?

The outrageous lies he approved for his commercials are the worst gutter politics since Rove spread a rumor he had a black baby out of wedlock.

Having been victim to that kind of mudslinging I can only say, “Have you no honor left Senator McCain?”

Tell him I said that when you see him junior.

Date: September 14, 2008 12:58:54 AM CDT
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