Someone in the McCain campaign held up a BlackBerry at a news conference and said, "he did this." The McCain spokesman went on to say that "Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create."

So let me get this straight, a guy that does not use email and has been quoted saying that he "watches" the Drudge Report on the Internet when a staffer holds up a computer in front of him, wants to take credit for inventing the "miracle" of the BlackBerry!  That is just too much.  I completely fell out of my chair laughing at this one.  McCain apparently does not want to be outdone by Al Gore "inventing the Internet."

The BlackBerry and other smartphones were really made possible by increased wireless bandwidth (bigger pipes) and the engineering of new wireless transmission protocols, like GPRS and W-CDMA.  Add to that the miniaturization of phones because of Moore’s Law and you have the necessary components to make a smart phone.  I guarantee you that McCain had nothing to do with Moore’s Law or the development of any wireless transmission protocols.

At best, the only government organization that can take some credit for the creation of the BlackBerry and other smartphones would be the FCC for auctioning the wireless spectrum in the U.S. to the telecom companies.  The Commerce Committee had absolutely nothing to do with the BlackBerry.  Even if the committee impacted the telecom industry in the U.S., as the McCain spokesman says, the company that makes the BlackBerry is based in Canada and sells its devices worldwide!

I have $20 that says that McCain and his lamers have no idea that the BlackBerry was not created in the United States.  How can anyone with a working brain, Republican or Democrat, have any respect for McCain or even take anything he or his campaign says seriously?  I guess that the "fundamentals of his campaign are strong."  You know, the whole making stuff up part.

Some argue that the McCain spokesperson said the BlackBerry comment on purpose to distract from the comments made by McCain just yesterday that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong."  I do not think that anyone would act this dumb on purpose.  That would mean that the McCain campaign plan is to say a new outrageous lie every day and hope that nobody has the time to fact check them all before election day.  Sad.

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