Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics." All will play a factor in this presidential election.
Statistics: 99.9 percent of polls say Barack Obama is sitting prettier than a squirrel at a peanut farm heading into the final 30 hours of this election. He's got between a six- and 14-point lead in Pennsylvania. He's ahead 5-7 points in Colorado. He's ahead 4-6 points in Virginia. He's ahead 2-7 points in Ohio. McCain needs ALL of these states to be elected.
Will the statistics hold up? Or will the Bradley Effect kick in and expose these statistics as lies? We'll find out tomorrow night.
Lies: The McCain-Palin ticket continues to get on stage and promote lies. They say Obama will raise taxes, even though every independent study says Obama will cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. They say Obama will take your hard-earned money, even though every person making less than $250,000 per year will pay less under an Obama plan than they have under George W. Bush. They say a McCain-Palin ticket fights for plumbers, even though 99 percent of plumbers -- including one named Joe -- will get $1,000 in tax relief next year.
Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain hope that if they say these untruths enough during the next 30 hours, they will scare enough voters to change the outcome of this election. Will it work?
Damn Lies: The more absurd lies are being spread by Republican enthusiasts, and not necessarily John McCain himself. They say Obama's a radical Muslim (he's a Christian.) They say he "pals around with terrorists" like Rashid Khalidi, even though it turns out that McCain gave that same "terrorist" $448,873 for research in 1998. They announce his middle name, "Hussein," at many of their rallies, in hopes that voters will think there's some connection between Obama and Saddam Hussein, or at least that he's a terrorist Muslim from the Middle East.
Mark Twain said, "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."
These lies have undoubtedly traveled from sea to shining sea during the past year. But will voters buy into them without regard? My guess is no. After tomorrow night, though, guesses won't be necessary. Instead, we'll at least have one fact: Either Barack Obama will be our 44th President, or John McCain will be.
And that'll be almost as many facts as John McCain has spewed during the last several months.