Read time: 1 minute

McCain: MoveOn “ought To Be Thrown Out Of This Country."

Speaking before a group in Hudson, New Hampshire last night, McCain took criticism of MoveOn's Petraeus ad to a whole new level, saying that they sho

mccain-moveon.jpg Speaking before a group in Hudson, New Hampshire last night, McCain took criticism of MoveOn's Petraeus ad to a whole new level, saying that they should not only be ashamed, but "ought to be thrown out of this country."

icon Download icon Download (slightly out of sync)

“It’s disgraceful, it’s got to be retracted and condemned by the Democrats, and MoveOn.org ought to be thrown out of this country."

Looks like the "straight-talking" McCain realizes how idiotic he sounded, and has already started to backpedal:

The McCain campaign clarified the senator’s comments for CBS News. “Senator McCain, like most Americans, is appalled by the MoveOn.org ad. Last night he expressed his outrage in words that did not convey his intended meaning. What he meant to say was that MoveOn's smear of General Petraeus' character should have no place in the American political debate.”

It's almost comical to see Republicans run around condemning MoveOn for daring to attack a member of the military and calling into question their character or integrity, considering that's the rhetorical weapon they usually wield. As Glenn notes, perhaps that's exactly why they're so upset. Well, either that or they need a handy distraction. Kinda like John Kerry before the midterms. And it shows that when it comes to the war, they have nothing else to talk about.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team