In response, the McCain campaign went apeshit.
McClatchy makes the call:
This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain’s votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.
But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators….
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday of McCain’s ad: "It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls."
Penalty: 15 yards for the McCain campaign’s deliberate low blow.
Even more ridiculous? The McCain campaign picked this lunacy up from fringe right-winger Alan Keyes. Sad. It also got floated out in a test run last summer by such intellectual powerhouses as Tucker Carlson and Michelle Malkin, who apparently consider ignorance preferable to child molestation prevention through "bad touch" education so out-of-the-ordinary that even the Cub Scouts teach it.
The fact that this false flag operation has been exposed as a lie — in 2004 and 2007 — didn’t stop the McCain campaign, though, did it? Here’s the kicker, the dishonorable and dishonest McCain ad will run on Fox News and in local markets in PA, MI, OH, MO, MN, and WI. Gee, did I just hear a dog whistle?