What won't John McCain do to be president?

By jaredmoshe | Jared Moshé's Blog September 2, 2008 at 5:29AM

What won't John McCain do to be president?

In case you missed it with the holiday, ABC news reported yesterday "John McCain Hires GOP operative who helped smear him in South Carolina in 2000." For those who don't remember, here's a rundown of that Bush Campaign smear tactic from the Boston Globe:

In South Carolina, Bush Republicans were facing an opponent who was popular for his straight talk and Vietnam war record. They knew that if McCain won in South Carolina, he would likely win the nomination. With few substantive differences between Bush and McCain, the campaign was bound to turn personal. The situation was ripe for a smear.

It didn't take much research to turn up a seemingly innocuous fact about the McCains: John and his wife, Cindy, have an adopted daughter named Bridget. Cindy found Bridget at Mother Theresa's orphanage in Bangladesh, brought her to the United States for medical treatment, and the family ultimately adopted her. Bridget has dark skin.

Anonymous opponents used "push polling" to suggest that McCain's Bangladeshi born daughter was his own, illegitimate black child. In push polling, a voter gets a call, ostensibly from a polling company, asking which candidate the voter supports. In this case, if the "pollster" determined that the person was a McCain supporter, he made statements designed to create doubt about the senator.

How much does the McCain campaign love it's racism? Apparently more than it's honor. And with smearmaster Tucker Eskew "to prepare Sarah Palin for her role as McCain's running mate," it's clear that John McCain has identity politics on his mind. Straight talk my ass.

This article is related to: Political Dispatches