Reform. Prosperity. Peace. Bullshit.

John McCain ends his new commercial with the following words: Reform. Prosperity. Peace.


The images are a transparent play for the vote of environmentalists, and one has to give the guy (or at least his publicity team) credit for hitting the right buzzwords. But this is one of those cases in which the reality doesn’t match up with the language. While McCain did split with the White House over the reduction of carbon emissions, he’s been rightly criticized for missing important votes on alternative energies -- ironically, some of the very technologies (wind and solar, specifically) that are spotlighted in this new ad.

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