John W. McCain violated the rules of Saturday night's "values" debate/conference at the Saddleback Church. Despite assurances from the event organizer and prominent Bush backer, Rev. Rick Warren, McCain was not in a "cone of silence" which would prevent him from hearing the questions ahead of time. He was traveling in his motorcade during Barack Obama's appearance which would have allowed him to either watch the event, or receive coaching from his staff who were watching. You see, both candidates were supposed to get the same questions and neither was supposed to know what the other said. Obama went first, and Warren assured everyone that McCain was backstage in a "cone of silence." He was not.
McCain's spokeswoman, Nicole Wallace, pulled the POW card in a pathetic attempt to deflect the charge of cheating, “The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous.” Hmmmm. Nice how the prisoner of war thing made it into the conversation. But, of course, McCain never talks about it or tries to use it for political advantage. Uh huh. She offers no explanation as to why McCain and Warren both lied about McCain's whereabouts. McCain even commented on being in the "cone of silence" when he first came on stage. Fucking liar. My question is why does the former prisoner of war feel compelled to cheat and lie at a values debate?
NBC was the first to report on the fact that McCain was not where he claimed he was, and the New York Times has confirmed it. The McCain campaign, in a fit of pissy, childish, whining, has demanded a meeting with the president of NBC News to "discuss" its coverage of the campaign. Because obviously its not "fair and balanced" to mention McCain lying, cheating, or being anything other than a straight-talkin', mavericky maverick, who was a former POW. How dare NBC.