Yesterday, he claimed to a hard-nosed TV reporter from Maine who wanted to know what experience Sarah Palin has in the field of national security that "she knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America."
Today on "The View" he claimed that as governor she never asked nor accepted earmarked money for the state of Alaska, when in fact she asked and accepted nearly $200 million dollars worth. When pressed on this obviously false point, McCain said: "Not as Governor she didn’t."
Then he added, as if to make sure we got it, that his campaign commercials are "not lies." Which will remind some of us of a certain age of Nixon’s "I am not a crook."
What does it say that a Presidential candidate has to make such a statement?
McCain seems to be morphing into a blend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan right in front of our eyes: the dottiness of Reagan, crossed with a Nixonian willingness to say anything, regardless of the truth. It’s freaking me out. McCain used to be interesting: now he’s acting like a tool. What happened?