Brutal: New ad hammers Obama over Ayers; Update: McCain ad on Rezko coming tonight, attacks on Wright now “fair game”; Update: “Despicable,” says Obama camp

posted at 4:47 pm on August 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

Was this one set to roll today all along or was it in the chamber and ready to fire in case Obama tried a guilt-by-association ploy of his own first? Either way, acidic stuff. Ben Smith has background on the group that produced it and helpfully starts the lefty talking point rolling on why this is an egregious smear, as all conservative criticism of Obama must and can only be, notwithstanding the facts that (a) Ayers is indeed an unrepentant terrorist and (b) he and the Democratic nominee for president are “friends.”

The group, the American Issues Project, is a 501(c)4 — which means it isn’t required to disclose its donors. According to a press release set to go out shortly, it’s the product of a coalition of conservative groups, including Iowans for Tax Relief. Its president is Ed Martin, a Missouri conservative. Another official, Ed Failor, Jr., is a former McCain aide in Iowa who left after the campaign’s shakeup last summer.

The substance of the ad matches a recent upswing in the McCain campaign’s references to Ayers. The use of 9/11 imagery links Ayers, and Obama, to the American conflict [with] Islamic terror, which is the subject of many viral emails attacking Obama.

The group’s spokesman, Christian Pinkston, called the suggestion that the group is making any link with Islam “unfair.”

“The idea here was to talk about the fact that his friends hate America, and that’s who he’s aligning himself with,” he said.

Riddle me this: If the point is to Islamicize Obama for the ignorant wingnut masses, why include any photos of Ayers? He doesn’t fit the profile of an Islamic terrorist; he fits the profile of what he actually is, a domestic terrorist. They could have easily dirtied this up by not showing his picture or mentioning his name to seed doubt about who Obama’s mystery pal might be. As it is, the narrator specifically refers to the Weather Underground as an “American terrorist group.” Beyond that, though, the left usually loves to point out that domestic terrorists like abortion clinic bombers are every bit as evil as the jihadist movement that so worries hysterical fearmongers like you and me. Which is true: There aren’t as many of them and they don’t have as many apologists, but a truck bomb is a truck bomb is a truck bomb. Morally, they’re equivalent. Just don’t point out that equivalence when you’re criticizing Barack Obama; that turns it into a smear.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to link Ace’s post yesterday about how some smears are more equal than others, so read that after you watch.

Update: Remember, the fightin’ nutroots demanded that their champion fight fight fight back against McCain’s attacks. Now he’s done it and so here’s what he gets, a new TV ad on Rezko that should drop within the hour. New lefty spin forthcoming: Why does McCain insist on fighting when we’re trying to run a polite campaign?

A campaign official said that the decision to Go Rezko was Obama’s. “He’s opened the door to this,” the official said…

Though McCain is widely perceived to to drawn first blood by attacking Obama’s character, the official said that the difference between Obama’s mocking McCain for his wealth and his shaky answer on the number of homes he owns was that McCain’s charge “reflects an existential reality,” where Obama’s charges “attack Cindy. She owns the homes. I thought he said the wives were off-limits.”…

Earlier in the news cycle, McCain’s press team invoked Obama’s friendship with a former member of the Weatherman, William Ayres, and an official said that even Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “is now fair game.” The official declined to say whether the campaign was contemplating running an advertisement linking Obama to Wright.

Update: I wonder if Obama will roll out his VP announcement sooner than expected to push all the new attacks into the back pages.

Update: Obama’s spokesman goes through the motions:

The fact that John McCain dispatched his paid consultant to launch this despicable ad from a so-called ‘independent’ committee shows how desperate he is to change the subject from his shocking disconnect with the economic struggles of the American people. He knows that Barack Obama has denounced the detestable crimes that Bill Ayers committed forty years ago.

Instead of invoking Paris, Britney and obscure sixties radicals, Senator McCain should take the day off at one of his seven homes to consider whether his support for outsourcing, tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas and continued spending of ten billion a month in Iraq is really putting ‘country first.’ To us, it sounds like just more of the same.

The group denies it’s a front. Just so we’re all on the same page: Linking McCain to Jack Abramoff via Ralph Reed, whose connections to Abramoff were actually exposed by the Senate committee McCain chairs, is perfectly fair game but linking Obama to a bona fide terrorist whom he’s denounced but otherwise happily associated with is “despicable.”

Update: I’ve made these same points in other posts about Ayers but it’s worth repeating them now. From Ace:

Does Obama support domestic terrorism? Oh, I doubt that. But let’s also get it on the record, too, that his friendship with Bill Ayers surely must indicate he’s not exactly repulsed by it, either.

That’s an awful lot to get past.

How many unrepentant rapists have you personally befriended in your adult life, Michael? How many convicted but proud murderers? How many such repellent creatures have you found so charming that you could easily put aside qualms about their past crimes to become fast friends with them?

All of this punctuated, of course, but a reminder of how decidedly un-despicable the left would an ad along these lines targeting a conservative who was palsy walsy with an abortion bomber.


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In Ohio and Michigan, the “planting the seeds of doubt” concept is very valid.

ChrisM on August 21, 2008 at 6:08 PM

THIRD LOOK AT MCCAIN!

HarryBalzac on August 21, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Ayers: “What’s that loud sound coming down the road?”

Obama: “Don’t worry, its just the BUS. Here, stand a little closer to the curb.”

PappaMac on August 21, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I’m trying to start a new comment meme (3rd comment)… I need help.

DaveS on August 21, 2008 at 5:45 PM

haha, “TypicalRetardedLefty”? Likes it!

JetBoy on August 21, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Eh, no big deal to the lefties, they have hard-ons, even the lesbians, for Willy “Rich Boy” Ayers.

benrand on August 21, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Barack has thrown so many people under the bus it’s now fitted with Monster Truck wheels for more clearance.

sulla on August 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM

They should have included that pic of him standing on the flag.

Brat on August 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Patience. It is only August.

This is so much fun.

pedestrian on August 21, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Weatherman party.

The Ugly American on August 21, 2008 at 6:20 PM

The “despicable” comment needs to be turned back on Obama now in a follow-up ad where they show Ayers stepping on the flag. Title the second one “Despicable.”

econavenger on August 21, 2008 at 6:22 PM

They should have included that pic of him standing on the flag.
Brat on August 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Patience. It is only August.
This is so much fun.
pedestrian on August 21, 2008 at 6:19 PM

That would be good.

And this could get revised and reduced to 30 seconds for air on broadcast. But because the youtube ads also get media coverage, that might not be completely necessary.

Also, it’s interesting to note that that photo and accompanying article on Ayers came out before September 2001. And if it were to be planned for later, this anti-American vision of Ayers with the flag and his honest interview … might have been shelved had it been after.

wise_man on August 21, 2008 at 6:22 PM

“Despicable.”

– Daffy Duck

Karl on August 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Does McCain have any “friends” as violently unrepentant as Ayers?

I mean he’s not even friends with the greatest terrorist baby-killer of all time, George Bush.

Riposte on August 21, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Maybe they should have waited until after the Dem convention, just to make sure the super-delegates don’t bail on Obama and nominate Hillary, who would be a tougher opponent for McCain.

Still, McCain and the RNC shouldn’t wait too long after the conventions to attack Obama about Rezko, Wright, Ayers, and any other Chi-town shysters who launched his political career. It takes awhile for these things to sink in, and there’s only a little over two months left.

Over at Politico, a lot of the (lefty) commenters are pooh-poohing this because Obama was only a child when Ayers committed his crimes. But a so-called Constitutional Law professor trying to launch a political career should be more careful in choosing his mentors…unless he actually believed in what his mentors (Ayers, Rezko, Wright) were preaching. Which would make him very dangerous if he tried to inflict these radical views on the whole country!

If Obama had a long record of public service in Congress or as a Governor and had held “mainstream” views while in office, voters might be willing to forgive a “youthful indiscretion” with Ayers. But Obama was a confused, half-abandoned boy who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who spent most of his adult life in Chicago. He suddenly bursts out of nowhere and wants to be President, spouting vague platitudes about hope and change. It is Chicago which made Barack Obama who he is, and voters need to know where he came from, because how else will they know him?

Steve Z on August 21, 2008 at 6:32 PM

How is this ad supposed to help Michelle’s kids?

fossten on August 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Earlier ALLAHPUNDIT asked:

Update: A commenter wonders where the McCain campaign ad is for this. Good question. For all the liberal pants-wetting over how negative McCain’s supposedly been, his attack ads (with the notable exception of the Landstuhl one) have been notably mild. No Rezko, no Ayers, no Wright — just Britney and Paris. I guess they’re saving the heavy armaments for after the convention

And now this AWESOME ad comes ROOOOOOOOOOLLing out.

Someone at Team McCain is listening……

omnipotent on August 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Coincidence?

Socialist Mentors,

Marxists Mentor,

20yrs at a Radical Racist Church, with a Radical/anti-american, racist pastor,

Wife’s never been proud of America,

Unrepentant bomber/terrorist friends,

Crooked real estate deal with felon,

Radical abortionist ties,

How long can the Left keep their heads in the sand?

marklmail on August 21, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Maybe they should have waited until after the Dem convention, just to make sure the super-delegates don’t bail on Obama and nominate Hillary, who would be a tougher opponent for McCain.

Steve Z on August 21, 2008 at 6:32 PM

No, the party has spent most of its money already. This would be perfect – leave the campaign in shambles having to start up with Hillary and explain to the nation that, well, this DEMOCRAT is just too scandalous and we have to pick the SECOND CHOICE.

McCain’s victory could be a 50-state landslide.

fossten on August 21, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Someone at Team McCain with some dough and smarts is listening……

omnipotent on August 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

FTFMe

omnipotent on August 21, 2008 at 6:36 PM

And now this AWESOME ad comes ROOOOOOOOOOLLing out.
Someone at Team McCain is listening……
omnipotent on August 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Possible. And they also might have anticipated the same and were ready to roll out. Like minds thinking alike and all. Doesn’t matter, in either case, it’s interesting to watch it happen.

wise_man on August 21, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Maybe they should have waited until after the Dem convention, just to make sure the super-delegates don’t bail on Obama and nominate Hillary, who would be a tougher opponent for McCain.

Steve Z

If she had won the primaries, that would be true. But if she manages to usurp Obama, a good part of the black vote might not show up on election day. That could swing some states for McCain.

Wethal on August 21, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Anyone who thought John McCain was going to run a nicey-nicey campaign just doesn’t know the man or his people. He ran an ad in 2000 comparing George Bush to Bill Clinton, for gosh sake.

I also happen to think that McCain is personally offended by Obama even presuming to be qualified to be President. He is relishing this takedown.

rockmom on August 21, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I’m afraid they’re blowing their load too early. Why start this “conversation” now when the conventions are about to bury it?

DaveS on August 21, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Now’s the right time to start. This ad will win the McCain campaign and associated groups the coveted “worst person in the world” award for the next few days, until the Democratic convention. I should note that that is a good thing, because it will increase the publicity. The inclusion of the 9/11 reference makes it irresistible to the Left, just like the inclusion of Paris and Britney (racist!) did in the “celebrity” ad, and there will be much sound and fury over it.

Big S on August 21, 2008 at 6:42 PM

WOW did someone hit the red panic button?

tarpon on August 21, 2008 at 6:51 PM

I’m afraid they’re blowing their load too early. Why start this “conversation” now when the conventions are about to bury it?

DaveS on August 21, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Also, could really disrupt the DNC Convention and put large doubts in the minds of superdelegates.

The only thing more beatable than Obama right now is a Hillary candidate coming out of the convention. Would look to the rest of the country like the Dems don’t know what they’re doing.

fossten on August 21, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Thanks for the help. I gotta find out more, if it’s true.

But yeah, mention Rezko, and it’s switch the subject with the libs.

JetBoy on August 21, 2008 at 5:35 PM

You might mention “So what?” He raised money for Bush, he went to Bush’s party. Did he help Bush buy a house? Did Bush funnel federal gummint money to his fraudulent projects?

misterpeasea on August 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

The “despicable” comment needs to be turned back on Obama now in a follow-up ad where they show Ayers stepping on the flag. Title the second one “Despicable.”

econavenger on August 21, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Great idea! It was so sweet of Obama to release that ad trying to slam McCain for allowing Ralph Reed to hold fundraisers for him. And for running the ad about McCain’s houses.

Barry, let me share an old, all-American saying with you: people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Oh, and when you’re in a hole, stop digging is a good one too.

funky chicken on August 21, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Ayers for VP!

That ad is definitely a hammer. This group needs to do more PSA’s. I wonder what they could do to for Aunt Nancy?

BobMbx on August 21, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Well, Obama better start swimming cause he’s sinking like a stone;
he’s finding the polls they are a-changin’.

Yes, ‘n’ how many times can Obama turn his head,
Pretending he just didn’t know?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,

but I’ll tell you,

you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.

:-)

INC on August 21, 2008 at 7:04 PM

All I can say is ‘I LOVE IT’

foxone on August 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM

It seems like these ads are ready to roll out in an instant.

If this is the case, it means that the McCain camp KNOWS what is coming and is one step ahead of The One.

Nice work.

HarryBalzac on August 21, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Obama invited the timing with his Ralph Reed ad and his “how many houses does McCain have” ad.

But now they have to talk about Ayers and Rezko at the democrat convention. LOL whoops! How unsporting of McCain to not just roll over for their crap like Bush did for so many years.

funky chicken on August 21, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Baracky is going to waste an awful lot of time and energy just trying to answer the McCain ads and in the end, he will look like an idiot flailing his way to the election.

Being on top of the universe like he has been for so long simply means he has a longer distance to fall and a bigger thud when he hits bottom.

Bishop on August 21, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Despicable.”
– Daffy Duck

Karl on August 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Z2MP8vMWU&feature=related

ihasurnominashun on August 21, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Give the lamb a break. He is not comfortable engaging in nasty politics. We conservatives are so mean, and I love it. I hope this is continued. Obama is a radical, or a fraud. Either way he has to be exposed before November. Glass houses indeed funky chicken.

chief on August 21, 2008 at 7:47 PM

If she had won the primaries, that would be true. But if she manages to usurp Obama, a good part of the black vote might not show up on election day. That could swing some states for McCain.

Wethal on August 21, 2008 at 6:39 PM

I doubt it. For some unexplainable reason the majority of black voters enjoy being used by the democrats. They would pull the lever for anyone the democrats nominate even if it’s taken away from Ubama.

SouthernGent on August 21, 2008 at 7:49 PM

It’s not like the dirt on McCain has even begun.

I imagine Cindy McCain’s little drug and theft problem or maybe her dad’s conviction for war crimes might make it into an ad soon.

Of course, McCain could always donate his families hundreds of millions in dirty money to charity it he’s uncomfortable taking money from a convicted felon…

alphie on August 21, 2008 at 7:50 PM

They should have included that pic of him standing on the flag.

Brat on August 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Seriously! That photo needs no words.

carbon_footprint on August 21, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Hey everybody, look at me! I am ignoring the troll. Such a big boy!

carbon_footprint on August 21, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Yes, but how many houses does Ayers own? Or perhaps I should say how many has he blown up?

And I thought of that Daffy Duck thing too….only it should be dithhpicable.

Terrye on August 21, 2008 at 8:00 PM

alphie:

Cindy McCain had a problem with prescription drugs, and she is not the one running. Obama on the other hand did do some drugs. But hey, if you think that going after Cindy is okay, I guess that means we will not be hearing anymore crap from Obama about leaving his wife alone.

Terrye on August 21, 2008 at 8:06 PM

alphie on August 21, 2008 at 7:50 PM

what makes you worse than a liar is that you are an utterly predictable liar: You say the same juvenile dishonest crap every time you waddle your fat ass onto a thread.

Get a new routine, b+tch

Janos Hunyadi on August 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

It’s not like the dirt on McCain has even begun.

I imagine Cindy McCain’s little drug and theft problem or maybe her dad’s conviction for war crimes might make it into an ad soon.

Of course, McCain could always donate his families hundreds of millions in dirty money to charity it he’s uncomfortable taking money from a convicted felon…

alphie on August 21, 2008 at 7:50 PM

“WAR CRIMES”!!!!!!!!

Back that statement up, Alphie.

How about you use a link this time, as a refreshing change of pace.

Chuck Schick on August 21, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Terrye, Cindy McCain is John’s closest adviser.

And her stealing from charities is much worth than her getting high as a kite to forget how embarrassed she was being married to…John F. McCain(quote from her trial…which is in the public record).

alphie on August 21, 2008 at 8:30 PM

obbie’s past is finally coming home to roost.
uppercut!

jimmer on August 21, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Hmm – 8:30 on the nose, I noticed the smell here….

Think_b4_speaking on August 21, 2008 at 8:36 PM

The flak is most severe when you’re over the target. Don’t let up!

Grafted on August 21, 2008 at 8:38 PM

alphie:

You are such a liar. And no, Cindy is not McCain’s advisor, she is his wife.

Terrye on August 21, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Alphie-

War crimes.

Prove it.

Chuck Schick on August 21, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Despicable = Effective

drjohn on August 21, 2008 at 8:58 PM

It’s not like the dirt on McCain has even begun.

I imagine Cindy McCain’s little drug and theft problem or maybe her dad’s conviction for war crimes might make it into an ad soon.

Of course, McCain could always donate his families hundreds of millions in dirty money to charity it he’s uncomfortable taking money from a convicted felon…

alphie on August 21, 2008 at 7:50 PM

You mean like Tony Rezko?

Or are you suggesting that McCain campaign take the cue from you and attack spouses- like Michelle Obama?

We can do that too.

drjohn on August 21, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Alphie-

War crimes.

Prove it.

Chuck Schick on August 21, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Since [troll's name goes here] refuses to provide information on Jim Hensley’s ‘war crimes’, I will provide what Wikipedia has:

On his military service:

Jim Hensley then served three years as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.[5][6] He was a bombardier on B-17 Flying Fortresses.[7][8] On his thirteenth mission,[5] his plane was shot down over the English Channel;[7] in all his planes were shot down two or three times.[3][8] He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.[3]


No war crimes here!!!!

On his criminal charges:

Following his discharge in 1945, Hensley and his brother went back to work for Marley in his United Sales Company in Phoenix and United Distributors in Tucson.[4][5] In 1948, both brothers were prosecuted by the federal government and convicted of falsifying liquor records to conceal illegal distribution of whiskey against post-war rationing regulations.[11][7] Jim Hensley received a six-month suspended sentence while his brother received a year in federal prison.[11] In 1953, Jim Hensley and Marley were charged by federal prosecutors with falsifying liquor records.[11] Defended by future Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, they were acquitted.[11][7]

Hm, ACQUITTED!

carbon_footprint on August 21, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Barack has thrown so many people under the bus it’s now fitted with Monster Truck wheels for more clearance.

sulla on August 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM

They’re gonna need this

drjohn on August 21, 2008 at 9:03 PM

I see the same pattern here as with the Kerry “swift boat” ads: The candidate, his campaign staff, and his fawning followers viciously attack the messenger, or even McCain, but never ever deny the facts as presented in the ad. I don’t recall a denial of the Kerry swift boat ad facts, nor do I see a denial of the facts presented in this ad.

If the information presented in this ad is a blatant falsehood, then do they not deny it? (Ah, but we know why there is no denial…)

The audacity of the truth (about Obama)!

electric-rascal on August 21, 2008 at 9:11 PM

then do they not deny it?
- should read
then why do they not deny it?

electric-rascal on August 21, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Iowans showing why I’m proud to be one! Now don’t blow this thing McMaverick by picking Lieberman there are plenty of good Republicans to futher the cause… Palin!

dhunter on August 21, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I don’t think it Islamicizes him at all. It would be weird to talk about bombings in the past without linking them to the present bombings. I think it shows a thread that unites them all–hatred of America, and a willingness to hurt a lot of innocent people.

Not over the top at all. In fact, very good. And I’m a former Democrat!

PattyJ on August 21, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Looks like the prince of Dark brought a knife to the gunfight again.
They don’t realize that McCain has been shot at and hit by a lot tougher than a 1/2 black, jug earred, American hating, American terrorist sypathizing, empty suit from the cesspool of the midwest-Chitown.

The Dalley machine couldn’t handle W. and they can’t handle McCain either!

dhunter on August 21, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Instead of invoking Paris, Britney and obscure sixties radicals…

Wake me up! Ayers is an obscure sixties radical? I thought he was a distinguished mainstream professor who’s a respected member of the intelligentisia with solid academic credentials and a passion for social justice.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

exposed by the Senate committee McCain chairs

Allah,

McCain no longer chairs this committes. The dems now chair it. Since 40% of the population still think the rep control congress the reps must let all know that the reps no longer controll congress and thus no longer chair any committes. McCain would be the ranking minority member now not the chairman.

unseen on August 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Live by the sword, Obama, you die by it.

MNDavenotPC on August 21, 2008 at 10:13 PM

…. this place is turning into the Alphie show.

wise_man on August 21, 2008 at 10:18 PM

If no-one else makes an “Obamanetics: The Cult of Messiahantology” ad I may have to go ahead and make one myself.

viking01 on August 21, 2008 at 10:24 PM

One thing I, in all my travels here — Americans want a respectful campaign. They do, they want it. Now, people say, well, negative ads move numbers. They may. But do we have to go to the lowest common denominator? I don’t think so.

John McCain lies to the American people, July 2008.

Grow Fins on August 21, 2008 at 10:25 PM

BTW It’s National Laughing-Pointing Day.

That’s why alphie is getting the extra attention.

viking01 on August 21, 2008 at 10:27 PM

“the lowest common denominator” = democrats.

Maybe you’d like to tell the first man in this video (on the left side of the screen) not to launch attack ads – which have to be responded to – and purposefully lie about the man on the right to his supporters to get elected. Wasn’t is also Obama who claimed he would have a campaign of ‘change?’ Not the ‘same.’

wise_man on August 21, 2008 at 10:40 PM

I like the ad. Obama’s friendship with Ayers is fair game. Obama just can’t take being up against a real man in McCain.

Phil Byler on August 21, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Wake me up! Ayers is an obscure sixties radical? I thought he was a distinguished mainstream professor who’s a respected member of the intelligentisia with solid academic credentials and a passion for social justice.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

As usual, I just needed to look around for BD to make my comment before me, and say it better than I can.

Perfect.

Jaibones on August 21, 2008 at 11:27 PM

I LIKE it. THIS is the kind of thing that’s going to derail the BH&O railroad.

Mojave Mark on August 21, 2008 at 11:28 PM

Not to defend the abortion bombers, but most, if not all of them targeted the clinics at night when there should have been nobody around.

The jihadists time their bombings for maximum casualties.

MarkTheGreat on August 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM

There is so much ammo on Barack that they need to start using it. Please let them start hammering Rev. (I feel dirty calling him that) Wright.
Tak about you double standards. If there was a white pol who had a clan member as a mentor, he wouldnot still be in the race or even in the Senate. They would have crucified him the first week. How Barack gets away with this stuff is beyond me.

Geronimo on August 22, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Come on, Fox. That ad is fair. Run that MF’er!

Sean68 on August 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Jaibones on August 21, 2008 at 11:27 PM

I’m actually quite surprised that no one picked up on this characterization of Ayers as an obscure sixties radical. It’s probably a good idea to parse the rest of response from Barry’s B.S. machine:

He knows that Barack Obama has denounced the detestable crimes that Bill Ayers committed forty years ago.

For the record, this is the sum total of Barry’s denunciation:

Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous.

Note the emphasis on the Weathermen group, and not on Ayers specifically. By citing the Weathermen Group he attempts to dilute the specific working relationship he has with the unrepentant Ayers.

For those who may be unfamiliar with it, here is the link to the “fact Check” at Barry’s own website, which quotes those who heap praise on Ayers.

Buy Danish on August 22, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Typical lefty politics, take a weak swing, and when the opposition hits you back, run crying that someone hit you *for no reason!*

Obama is really cutting his own legs out from under him. Even the compliant press corps can’t cover for him now.

Merovign on August 22, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Beautiful. The Ayers ad just crushes Obama. If they could run that in every TV market, it would blow Obama out of the water.

Next step: talk about the Ayers and the Annenberg challenge, and how Obama won’t allow the release of papers from that supposedly public project.

indythinker on August 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

John McCain lies to the American people, July 2008.

Grow Fins on August 21, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Bringing up Ayers and Rezko aren’t the lowest common denominator by a long shot. Those are legitimate questions as to what Obama stands for and who he finds appropriate to associate with, as he’s so secretive about it and his voting records.

No lie there.

Chuck Schick on August 22, 2008 at 12:10 PM

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