Sunday, October 05, 2008

I'll Call Your Ayers And Raise You One Singlaub

"And I think Governor Palin here is making a strategic mistake. This guilt by association path is going to be trouble ultimately for the McCain campaign. You know, you can go back, I have written a book about McCain, I had a dozen researchers go through him, I didn’t even put this in the book. But John McCain sat on the board of a very right-wing organization, it was the U.S. Council for World Freedom, it was chaired by a guy named John Singlaub, who wound up involved in the Iran contra scandal. It was an ultra conservative, right-wing group. The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981 when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League – the parent organization – which ADL said “has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and anti-Semites.”

Now, that's not John McCain, I don't think he is that. But you know, the problem is that a lot of people know John McCain’s record better than Governor Palin. And he does not want to play guilt by association or this thing could blow up in his face."

-Paul Begala on "This Week"

So you think that former Democrat Lieberman, soon to be a senator without a caucus, would be a little pissed to find out McCain's been partnering up with the anti-Semites and working with folks who would sell weapons to Iran know, as you say, wants to wipe Israel off the map? Somehow, I don't think old Joe is too pleased about this.

Maybe the saddest part of this whole charade is seeing someone previously held up on such a pedestal as being clean, ethical, and with a conscience, as McCain has been, be revealed as nothing more than the same type of political hack that would lie down in the shallow trenches with the likes of Keating, Abramoff, and Rove. Truth is, McCain's only constituency has ever been McCain, in a vain attempt to not just live up to his dad and grandpa, but somehow go just one step beyond -- no matter what he has to do, or what lies he has to tell, or what principles he has to compromise, to get there.

Of course, who needs to point out McCain's own would-be terrorist associations, when the best argument against McCain's negative campaigning comes from...well...from McCain himself. I got yer straight talk right here.

Meanwhile, while his campaign would desperately prefer to to "turn the page" on the economy, the stock markets beg to differ. Methinks the economy wins that battle for the minds of voters this year.

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