Who You Gonna Believe: (My Father’s Bizarre Neuroses, Which He Passed Onto) Me, or Your Lyin’ Eyes?

So apparently McCain was challenged yesterday by the Des Moines Register editorial board about all the lying his campaign has done. And he angrily responded:

I have always had 100 percent, absolute truth and that’s been my life of putting my country first. And I’ll match that record against anyone’s. And I’m proud of it. And an assertion that I’ve ever done otherwise, I take strong exception to.

Here’s how Jonathan Karp, the editor of McCain’s five books, describes the origins of McCain’s emphasis on honesty:

“My father was the most honest man I know,” he writes in “Why Courage Matters.” In “Character Is Destiny,” he recalls a moment when his mother, while playing cards with his father, teasingly accused him of cheating: “He shot up from the table, in great distress, and begged her never, ever to doubt or even pretend to doubt his honesty…He simply couldn’t bear the idea of being deceitful or being accused, wrongly, of deceiving anyone.”

Yes…such behavior fairly screams, “This is a human being you can trust about anything.”

I’m sure you’ll also be shocked to hear McCain’s father was an alcoholic.

MORE HONESTY FROM THE MOST HONEST MAN I KNOW: All of McCain’s books are credited as “by John McCain with Mark Salter,” but are actually written by Salter. According to Salter, some of the feelings he attributes to McCain are “my surmise.”