McCain Sheds Honor in Heat of Campaign

Columnist, a longtime fan of the straight-shooting senator, sorely disappointed
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 2:45 PM CDT
"I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain," Richard Cohen admits in blasting the Republican candidate for throwing honesty overboard.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain's dishonesty in this race has turned him into the kind of politician the candidate once professed to hate, writes Richard Cohen—a one-time fan of the Arizona senator—in the Washington Post. McCain’s lies—most blatantly expressed on The View in response to a question about misleading ads—"would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most."

Most disappointing is McCain's loss of integrity, made clear in his VP pick. Sarah Palin, "no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president," Cohen writes. "He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not." If McCain thinks he can fool voters, then gain back their trust, know this: "It won't work."