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Learning from the Lies

Over the past eight years, the Republican party and its leaders have perfected a strategy of political dishonesty and deception.

In 2000, having lost badly to McCain in the New Hampshire primary, George W. Bush, decided to appropriate the McCain message of reform and undertake an aggressive negative smear strategy in which he deployed push polls and a “whisper campaign” to propagate the lie that John McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child. The results were remarkable: Bush won the South Carolina primary and ultimately the White House.  
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