Mark Shields: Obama couldn’t pass a polygraph

posted at 10:42 am on June 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Shields didn’t mince words on PBS about Barack Obama’s decision to opt out of public financing.  Appearing as the progressive balance with David Brooks on Judy Woodruff’s show, Shields ripped into Obama, calling him unprincipled and suggesting that his latest video message painted him as a “hostage” who couldn’t pass a polygraph:

It was a flip-flop of epic proportions. It was one that he could not rationalize or justify. His video was unconvincing. He looked like someone who was being kept as a hostage somewhere he was so absolutely unconvincing in it. It could not have passed a polygraph test.

I mean, coming up with this bogus argument the Republicans have so much more money — the Republicans don’t have so much more money. He’s raised three times as much as John McCain has.

David Brooks tried his Messiah/Machiavelli theory, but admitted that Obama hit a new low:

I do think it’s the low point of the Obama candidacy, and I think it for this reason. His entire career he has put political reform at the center of it. In the Illinois legislature, in the Senate, political reform has been the essence of who he has been. And so for him to betray this, to sell out this issue, what won’t he sell out?

Brooks tried to play this as Obama making tough decisions that would prove his mettle as Commander in Chief, which makes no sense at all.  A true leader would stick to his principles even when it didn’t personally benefit him, not leap from position to position for political expediency.  Later, Brooks seemed to figure this out:

But McCain wouldn’t have done this. When the chips are down and McCain faced the crucial issue of his career, which was backing the surge, he backed the surge thinking it would cost him the presidency. …

On a core issue of character, I do not believe McCain will bend. He’ll bend on all this other stuff he doesn’t care about, but Obama did bend on a core issue of his conscience.

Bend?  This was a clean break from his oft-cited principles on public financing.  He cited them while he broke with them.   Even Mark Shields knows that the GOP hasn’t outraised him or funded 527s.  He broke with his principles and lied about doing so, while sanctimoniously paying homage to the principles to which his opponent has remained faithful.

When the mask has slipped badly enough for Mark Shields to not only see it but get visibly angry about it, trouble is around the corner.  And Shields lowers the boom in his column today:

Sounds good until you check the facts. McCain has raised a grand total of $650,000 from the lobbying industry (Obama pledges not to accept lobbyists’ or PAC money), according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and just 1 percent of his contributions are from PACs. Talk about a paper tiger.

But everybody remembers the most famous 527 group of all, the 2004 “Swift boats” attack ads questioning John Kerry’s bravery in Vietnam. Here are the numbers: The 527 spending has heavily favored Democrats over Republicans in every election cycle since 2000. In 2004, Democratic-leaning 527 groups spent $316 million to Republican-leaning 527s’ $113 million. So far in 2008, the 527 spending has been $116 million to $69 million in favor of the Democrats.

Obama complicated his current situation by publicly proposing in March 2007 an agreement between the two major party nominees to rely exclusively upon public financing for the general election. John McCain immediately agreed. Last November, Obama stated: “I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election,” and on Feb. 26, Obama told the late Tim Russert, who had asked him if he might “break your word” on his public financing pledge, “I will sit down with John McCain and make sure that we have a system that works for everybody.”

Obama lied about the 527s. He smeared McCain by accusing him of having fueled his campaign on lobbyist donations. He reversed reality by calling Republicans “masters” of the 527 strategy that his allies George Soros and MoveOn dominated in 2004 and 2000. And Obama didn’t even have the courage to negotiate with his political opponent while telling voters that we shouldn’t fear negotiating with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Vero Possumus
, indeed.

Update: PBS, not NPR.


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Is it really lying? When a weathervane tells you that the wind is out of the north, do you assume it lied yesterday when it said the wind was out of the south?

I’m notsure he has any principles to go against.

fluffy on June 21, 2008 at 10:48 AM

WOW….and to think, he (or Hildabeast) is still going to beat Mav.

SwabJockey on June 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM

I think it was PBS, not NPR.

RBMN on June 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM

When I watched this last evening my jaw about hit the floor.
I’m so used to Shields still talking about hanging chads and swiftboating that his rant on Barry really surprised me.

Limerick on June 21, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Not only about this, but he’d flunk about many other things that he has said. Try not knowing what wright thinks after sitting for 20 years in his church; not knowing anything about aires or pfleger. The “empty suit” moves on!
Is there anywhere one can read where his financing is coming from except soros?

Bambi on June 21, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Yeah, this guy is one of the biggest frauds we’ve seen in politics. and what’s with the sycophants trying to spin this BS as brilliant machiavelian politics? are they effing daft????

I’m talking to you Brooks!

Lonetown on June 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM

It could not have passed a polygraph
test.

.
Seems to be quite obvious Senator Obama would not even pass the interview preceeding a polygragh. No need to consider whether he would pass the test.

News2Use on June 21, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Her Majesty still floats high overhead on outstretched wings, drifting with the wind currents ruffling the feathers, featherless head peering down, watching, waiting, keen eyesight,…patience, patience, let things happen..there’s still time.

a capella on June 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Obama hits bottom, digs deeper. His crediblity must be in the minus figures now. What a contrast with George Bush who talked straight on virtually everything. That the lefty Dems picked Obama as their candidate shows you their real character ,one that shouldn’t be trusted to rule our nation.

docdave on June 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

He broke with his principles and lied about doing so,

Does he truly have principles, or just pet liberal causes?

Like so much of his highly educated (read highly indoctrinated) base, he’s a fast learner with a keen mind. He can absorb liberal doctrine like nobody’s business. He’s an utterly perfect mouthpiece in so many respects for a behind-the-scenes puppet master. He is so similar to his ivy league “Stepford wife” pals it’s chilling. There’s not a unique thought to be found.

JiangxiDad on June 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Wake me up when this campaign season is Vero Posthumous.

RushBaby on June 21, 2008 at 11:06 AM

He’s an utterly perfect mouthpiece in so many respects for a behind-the-scenes puppet master.

JiangxiDad on June 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

You betcha!

Connie on June 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Corrected NPR to PBS – sorry!

Ed Morrissey on June 21, 2008 at 11:13 AM

And Obama has said that he’ll vote for the revised FISA bill as well even though he’s against (or says he is) the telcom immunity component.

No more Obama ga-gas for the goo-goos.

SteveMG on June 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM

test

BowHuntingTexas on June 21, 2008 at 11:21 AM

A polygraph would have no affect against The Truth?

ninjapirate on June 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Sorry for the O/T, but what the heck is this? …

Forbidden
You don’t have permission to access /test/headlines/ on this server.
Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) Server at hotair.com Port 80

Have I been banned from the Headlines, or are we experiencing technical difficulties?

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Fast Eddie walked down the aisle and pretended he was a Christian.

Fast Eddie then carjacked a bus full of people. Now he thinks he’s the President, making his own seal along the way.

faraway on June 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Revenge for not upgrading me to 1stC.

Limerick on June 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Sure Obama lies but he does so knowing he will win anyway.

He is lazy and complacent and he can afford to be. It’d be nice if he at least made an effort when he lies – no one likes to be held in abject contempt.

Ares on June 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

At least Bill Clinton could lie. Barack really needs to learn to bite his lower lip.

Lily on June 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

At least he hasn’t lost the black vote.

My question now is who do you trust? What would be considered the center in Washington, read: left but not hard left, are they now in play? Can McCain run ads in Washington on this issue and Baracks non answer on the Hanford site into a liability for him? I hope he is working on an ad merely quoting the editorial boards on this issue. He doesn’t need to say anything new just use what they say, throw in another ad with Barack’s stumbling answer to the Hanford issue and he’s got a handfull of ads he can run in the Northwest on core left issues on which McCain is better than Barack.

Theworldisnotenough on June 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Again 1968 Dems Convention here we come. I feel so sorry for people living in Denver in August, cause they will experience their city being burn down when the Supers go with Hillary after this and his I will sign FISA flip flop.

BroncosRock on June 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Obama will coast on this. It’s how he says it, not what he actually says, that counts.

Is Shields still flogging for Hillary?

patrick neid on June 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

When liberals reporters start saying their candidate is a regular everyday candidate the end is near for their candidate. With his voting YEA on FISA bill to this Barack is toast. He has lost the college professors vote and the college students vote. The only voting block he has left is blacks. WOW

BroncosRock on June 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

There is still Ralf Nader for those college professors and for those college students to vote for.

BroncosRock on June 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

This coming from Mark Shields is incredible. Maybe there is still some integrity left in the world.

I do think it’s the low point of the Obama candidacy, and I think it for this reason. His entire career he has put political reform at the center of it. In the Illinois legislature, in the Senate, political reform has been the essence of who he has been. And so for him to betray this, to sell out this issue, what won’t he sell out?

Nothing. This man is an emtpy canvas onto which the ‘believers’ paint anything. Such, with incredible mob appeal, can be the most dangerous leaders, as they have absolutely no foundation. Be afraid and remain vigilant.

Lies are indignant.

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Chamaeleonidae Marx Obama Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast as you can.
You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.
I can run faster that Hillary,
I can run faster than Edwards,
And I can run faster than you!
I can! I can!

All we need is for McCain to play the fox.

maverick muse on June 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

maverick muse, chameleon yes, a bit, but this guy, and his team, don’t even attempt to hide it.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Don’t Hyde

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 12:02 PM

OT: Bush Gives Dems STDs

aengus on June 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Limey, 1stC?

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Ok, looks like I’ve been unbanned, thank you Staff. Sorry again for the O/T.

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

1st Class….you know…where the drinks are free and leather comfy.

Limerick on June 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

LOL polygraph, needed prior to endorsement and nomination!

Of those still in the Democrat party whom I know, I have to say that they are in the bag and mouth whatever the party says without a thought of their own much less any research on their own. That the message makes no sense except to destroy everything in order to rebuild America in the image of Marx/Mao aligns with the same bravado from “conservatives” who would destroy everything in order to start from scratch to build the “ideal”.

Get real. Get practical. Get going, RNC. The GOP needs to adopt Fred Thompson’s conservative platform that aligns with the Constitution. If the republican candidates want donations from Americans, then the party MUST endorse conservative citizenship. If, however, the RNC wants to prostitute itself, I’m not shelling out for whoredom. Hear us, McCain! Comprende Anglais! I’d like McCain’s polygraph on his immigration reform goal.

maverick muse on June 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM

And we haven’t even seen the backlash over him flipflopping on FISA yet.

Chuck Schick on June 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

aengus on June 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Perfect example for me to use when I respond to the hypocrits whining about the Obama smears. Thanks!

Connie on June 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 12:02 PM

DNC ’08 POTUS
List of Characters

Geppetto, Soros
Pinocchio, Obama
Jiminy Cricket, Jimmy Carter
Figaro and Cleo, Michelle’s children
Blue Fairy, Michelle
Stromboli, Ayers
Lampwick, Rezco
Monstro, Hillary

maverick muse on June 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM

1st Class – Limey

Oh, no wonder I didn’t get it, SWA doesn’t have first class, but if you’re ever on my plane, the drinks a free!

Tony737 on June 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

There is some reassuring news here. Obama would also lie to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had been worried he wouldn’t even do that.

thuja on June 21, 2008 at 12:50 PM

It’s the Chicago way of politics.
You lie, cheat, steal, resurrect the dead, anything to win at all costs.;

Kini on June 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM

There is some reassuring news here. Obama would also lie to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had been worried he wouldn’t even do that.

Even if that is true, it’s not comforting…like he would tell Mahmoud we will take action if he doesn’t stop with building nukes…that’s the kind of lie I could see him telling Mahmoud…and since Mahmoud would know he’s a lier, it wouldn’t have any effect anyway.

AUINSC on June 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

shields is racist

custer on June 21, 2008 at 1:42 PM

He’s a puppet.

joeswampy on June 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

His entire career he has put political reform at the center of it. In the Illinois legislature, in the Senate, political reform has been the essence of who he has been.

Like KINI said, it’s Chicago politics and both Obama’s are shocked that the rest of the country does NOT think like they do.
Shocked that the rest of the country won’t sit by while they lie and distort or buy into the ‘hate America’ crap the obama’s soaked up and spewed with impunity (til now) for 20 years.
.
Hey B. Hussein, the rest of the country is NOT LIKE YOU.

shooter on June 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I wonder if Big Russ would have called O’Bama a “phoney”?

aquaviva on June 21, 2008 at 1:51 PM

In other words, Obama is a liar.

In other news, rain is wet.

baldilocks on June 21, 2008 at 1:56 PM

“low point of obama candidacy” Just one of many. Hopefully people will start noticing that the man is empty—a reflection of whatever seems expedient at the momen.

jeanie on June 21, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Pinocchio is indignant.

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 2:25 PM

BARACK’S BIG RED BOOK OF MARXIST IDEAS: The Necrobamacon.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Flip-flop
We must drop
Liar, liar
Is the fire
Nov. ’08 is not a hop

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 2:29 PM

I coulda been at a barbecue! And what’s with that smell?

stonemeister on June 21, 2008 at 2:32 PM

“Change” means never having to say you’re sorry.

drjohn on June 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Obama couldn’t pass a polygraph

LOL.

Could McCain pass a polygraph test?

Could Bush pass a polygraph test?

I know that there is no way in Hell that either of the Clintons could.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except polititians.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on June 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Flip-flop
We must drop
Liar, liar
Is the fire
Nov. ‘08 is not a hop

Entelechy on June 21, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Hope and change
The political landscape it will rearrange
With McCain at our party’s helm
We might as well be hanging from a big old Elm
Somewhere on top of a mountain range

MB4 on June 21, 2008 at 3:49 PM

For the first time…in my adult life…I’m proud of PBS! Heh.

alacrityfitzhugh on June 21, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Hussein couldn’t pass a geography test.

saved on June 21, 2008 at 4:27 PM

I think it was PBS, not NPR.

RBMN on June 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM

PBS, NPR, what’s the difference? They’re both welfare broadcasting.

steveegg on June 21, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Mark Shields: Obama couldn’t pass a polygraph testosterone test.

Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:17 PM

PBS, NPR, what’s the difference? They’re both welfare broadcasting.

steveegg on June 21, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Some of the broadcasters have the perfect face for radio

Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Mark Shields: Obama couldn’t pass a polygraph testosterone test.
Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Me bad. I meant Hussein not Michelle, my belle.

Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Could McCain pass a polygraph test?

Probably, as long as he’s not trying to sell himself as a conservative.

Could Bush pass a polygraph test?
….
MB4 on June 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Definitely. You could accuse Bush of many things, but he’s not a liar. In spite of an intensive campaign by the left to paint him that way.

The biggest problem with GWB is getting him to defend himself when he’s being lied about.

theregoestheneighborhood on June 21, 2008 at 6:40 PM

MB4 on June 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Are you implying if McCain and/or Bush had problems with a poly that gives a free pass to Hussein? You should apply for a job with MSM.

Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:56 PM

“His entire career he has put political reform at the center of it.”

Uh,…..anyone care to enlighten me on the many political reforms Barry O accomplished in the Illinois legislature?
The US Senate?

GarandFan on June 21, 2008 at 7:16 PM

The only way this is going to work to McCain’s advantage is if McCain is able to generate a narrative of Obama as being an opportunistic phony. If you don’t have the underlying narrative, Obama’s reversal on public financing will just be seen as shrewd politicking and everyone will move on.

The pieces are there to generate that narrative, but McCain’s actually going to have to run with it and is going to have to work really hard to get that message into an unbearably pro-Obama media. I have absolutely no confidence that McCain will actually do that. This guy is definitely Bob Dole v2, and that’s a shame.

Outlander on June 21, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Are you implying if McCain and/or Bush had problems with a poly that gives a free pass to Hussein?

Wade on June 21, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Everything has a morale if only you can find it.

Sigy on June 21, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Well Barack fires off now and then about a third term
of Bush if McCain gets in,——————–pa-lease!

Barack Obama is going to be another(god forbid),lying
manipulating,triangulation,compartmentalized,cheating
clone of Bill Clinton!

The only thing positive if Obama gets in,is that
Michelle will have Barack’s libido under control,
unlke Bill who had to be monitered by three ministers!
Haha.

canopfor on June 21, 2008 at 8:16 PM

You can always tell what a dem candidate is actually doing by what he/she is acusing the other side of doing. Guaranteed!

sMack on June 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM

maverick muse on June 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Well played, indeed! But I don’t see the Blue Fairy Michelle making Barack a real boy anytime soon. I think she prefers him in the puppet role.

doppelganglander on June 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM