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Election 2008

Flouting Traffic Laws: The Gateway to Lying to Police

11:36 AM PDT on October 27, 2008

atodd.jpgEveryone following the blow-by-blow of the presidential race is now familiar with Ashley Todd,
the undergrad campaign volunteer who falsely claimed that a black man
carved the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper
sticker. Before Todd's story was proven to be a total fabrication, her
Twitter feed surfaced on the Smoking Gun, revealing a preoccupation with traffic, reckless driving, and weaseling out of traffic tickets:

atodd_twitter.jpg

joe_mcc.jpgSeveral tweets about traffic ensue. Meanwhile, the candidate's younger brother, Joe McCain (right), got himself into trouble by calling 911 to complain about a traffic jam in northern Virginia.

It's
tempting to think that this behavior is the natural outgrowth of a
campaign that responded to rising energy prices by making "Drill, Baby,
Drill" its mantra, but the truth is that plenty of drivers -- belonging to both parties -- feel so entitled.

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