You didn’t get my vote in 2008, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never looked up to you. In fact, I’d always found you to be admirable, honest and foregoing.
Add in your valiant military service, Senator, and I’ve had nothing but the highest respect, if not esteem, for you.
But after all the completely false statements you directly told me tonight, even if you were a brave POW, I’m not calling you anything but a lying SOB from this point on.
Just after 7 p.m. tonight I got a call from an unknown 803 (Columbia) area code. Don’t ask me how or why I wound up on their calling list, but I answered to hear a Mitt Romney volunteer invite me to participate in a conference call with Sen. McCain.
Curious, I pushed the buttons to connect, and less than 90 seconds later did McCain begin addressing me and all the others who’d gotten this same information.
And the first thing out of his mouth was a lie about Boeing’s recent settlement with the labor union at its Washington State facility. That out of court settlement, McCain said, had posed a risk to thousands of jobs in South Carolina, and was further reason to continue the GOP war on labor.
He blamed “nameless, faceless bureaucrats” for putting local Boeing employees at risk to lose their jobs. And in that statement, he’s absolutely full of crap.
Moreover, last week national media were all over Mitt Romney, who he recently endorsed, for telling the same lie, which they proved to be false.
So not only are you a liar, Sen. McCain, but you’re a rather dumb liar, too.
A briefing for those unfamiliar with this case: at the same time Boeing was announcing its new 787 manufacturing facility here in North Charleston in 2009, it made the mistake of violating common labor laws against its unionized staff at another facility in Everett, Wash.
When announcing the new development, the CEO openly told press that Boeing was building a new plant instead of expanding the Everett facility simply to score revenge against its International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. That being a legal violation (Rule 8(a)3 of the National Labor Relations Act – “Discriminating against employees to encourage or discourage acts of support for a labor organization”), the National Labor Relations Board had to step in and represent that IAMAW union.
It was a dumb mistake for Boeing to make. If it had simply said nothing about the union at the same time as its announcement, it would not have broken so much as a fingernail, let alone a law. Call it a slip of twisted tongue. A juvenile error. And rather small overall, too (which is why they were continuously offered slap-on-the-wrist settlements).
But what happened at Boeing in Washington had nothing to do with Boeing in South Carolina. They were two separate entities, and had nothing to do with one another. (And if that CEOdiot had just kept his mouth shut, there wouldn’t have been any legal complaint to begin with.)
No matter what happened to Boeing after its juvenile big-mouth mistake, it would have absolutely no affect on the North Charleston plant. Not one. And certainly not its employees.
But try telling that to John McCain, though, who tonight told us that the NLRB had tried to “block Boeing from expanding into South Carolina.”
And as I said earlier, he was repeating a statement Mitt Romney made last week – one that national media had a field day with, too.
Referring to this same legal case, in the first week of the year Romney’s campaign began a local television ad in which he says: “(T)he National Labor Relations Board, now stacked with union stooges selected by the president, says to a free enterprise like Boeing, ‘you can’t build a factory in South Carolina because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.’”
National media quickly refuted Romney’s ad statement, though.
It was “factually erroneous,” according to a FactCheck legal consultant. Even the conservative-leaning PolitiFact labeled it 100-percent false.
And, please note, these counter-arguments to Romney’s dumb ad came out over a week ago.
So why the hell is John McCain on the phone tonight repeating that lie national media proved wrong?
Does he think we South Carolina voters are out of the loop on news updates? Does he think we live under rocks in the Palmetto State? Or does he just think we’re stupid enough to not know the actual truth?
I wanted to ask him myself. I kept pushing the “*3” over and over again, like we kept getting advised to do by the Romney staff who were moderating the phone conversation, but I never got the chance.
But let me take the opportunity right now to tell McCain what I wish I could have told him over the phone tonight.
Sorry, senator. I’ve always respected you. I’ve always respected your above-aboard military service. But I can’t offer you that respect any longer.
I thought it was bad enough that you recently endorsed the same guy who told people to vote against you in 2008. When you tell me (and who knows how many others) blatant lies, though, that means you don’t respect me, either.
And when you tell us lies on subjects that got lots of correcting media attention recently, that means either you think we’re stupid – or you’re pretty darn stupid yourself.