McCain ad: “Chicago Machine”

posted at 7:30 am on September 22, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

How did Barack Obama get a reputation as a reformer — as a Chicago politician? The latest ad from Team McCain reminds voters of his close associates in Chicago and Springfield, attempting to ding the reformer image:

ANNCR: Barack Obama. Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.

BARACK OBAMA: In terms of my toughness, look first of all, I come from Chicago.

ANNCR: His economic adviser, William Daley. Lobbyist. Mayor’s brother. His money man, Tony Rezko. Client. Patron. Convicted Felon. His “political godfather.” Emil Jones. Under ethical cloud.

His governor, Rod Blagojevich. A legacy of federal and state investigations.

With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead.

The ad picks four people from Illinois, but they make their weakest case last. Obama’s connections to Blagojevich and his ethical problems are indirect, through Rezko, and Rezko’s the bigger story for Obama anyway. Team McCain also picks the wrong Daley. Richard Daley, whose administration is so famously corrupt that US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has spent almost a career convicting members of it, got Obama’s endorsement in 2007.

How could anyone making a claim as a reformer endorse Richard Daley?  That in and of itself should disabuse people of the myth of Barack Obama, Reformer.  Daley, Jones, the Strogers, and more Obama allies and associates run the powerful “Chicago Machine” of patronage and corruption, and Obama never lifted a finger to reform it.  In fact, at almost every opportunity, Obama has endorsed and protected it.  David Axelrod, his chief politicial strategist, helped keep it in power.

Hopefully, this is just the first entry for a series of ads explaining the Machine to American voters, and the friend they have in Obama.


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heh heh heh…

csdeven on September 22, 2008 at 7:35 AM

They could run this ad from now until election day, picking four new names each day out of the Obama Rogue’s Gallery, and still have some left over.

gridlock2 on September 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM

Doesn’t hit hard enough…but what can you do in 30 seconds? More to come, I’m sure.

dmarie on September 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM

I feel so prescient in my response to a post yesterday! Trifecta of Corruption! Yep, that’s Obama!

Queen0fCups on September 22, 2008 at 7:39 AM

Hopefully, this is just the first entry for a series of ads explaining the Machine to American voters, and the friend they have in Obama.

They need to go through his associations one by one, each with a different ad. Then have an ad with actors playing all these people waiting outside the oval office for a meeting with President Obama.

D0WNT0WN on September 22, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Gee…if only the voters had someone to look to who actually took on the corruption within his or her party, instead of embracing it for the furtherance of his political career.

Bruce in NH on September 22, 2008 at 7:41 AM

dmarie on September 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM

I agree. Richard ‘s legacy will be an issue pretty soon. And the great part is that Osliime-a will soon be spending all his time defending his associations.

Bwahahahahahaa!!!

csdeven on September 22, 2008 at 7:42 AM

awww – you know it terrible tht the MSM missed all this in their vetting of the chosen one

EricPWJohnson on September 22, 2008 at 7:42 AM

I saw two black guys in that ad…RACIST!

Is this an opening ad for Rev. Wright? Opening the discussion on associations and judgement?

ctmom on September 22, 2008 at 7:45 AM

EricPWJohnson on September 22, 2008 at 7:42 AM

That’s a great point. Will many less than involved voters, wake up one morning and ask how in the hell did Oslime-a beat Hillary for the nomination?

csdeven on September 22, 2008 at 7:47 AM

once again we see before our eyes jusy how much more experienced our VP is, compared to their #1!

anyway, they should really spend more time hitting him over the economy as the bailout is still the top story.

at the same time i’d really like to see them keep running ads with Biden saying Barry isnt qualified. that is a gold little nugget and should be hammered home aall day every day. your own vp pick saying you aren’t ready – what could be better?

RightWinged on September 22, 2008 at 7:49 AM

They’ve been whining about “guilt by association” since the campaign began. Now, this is guilt by association.

As for Squeaky da Mare – Richie Daley – even though he orchestrates all the corruption in Chicago, he somehow ends up looking like the least dangerous among the gangsters that run the state, county, and city.

How did they leave out Toddler Stroger? I think we have a time constraint problem here.

Jaibones on September 22, 2008 at 7:50 AM

“Not ready to lead” is the slogan, but doesn’t follow from this indictment. “Is this a portrait of an Obama adminsitration?” would be more apropos.

I’m still waiting for a nice, fat 60-second spot featuring The Not-so Reverend Jeremiad Wright and his greatest bits: “God damn America,” etc. Announcer: “Barack Hussein Obama spent twenty years listening to this hate-filled, racist propaganda, and never said a word. Is this who you want for your President?”

Better yet, a 30-minute ‘infomercial’ on Obambi’s associates, friends, ‘spiritual advisor’, etc., every week until the election.

MrLynn on September 22, 2008 at 7:51 AM

There is so much more.

When I think of Obama I think of South Side Chicago politics.

I think of Pfleger and Wright.

I also think of Obama giving 14 million to Rezko in earmarks. Giving Pfleger earmarks.

I think of Obama giving earmarks to Michelle Obama’s hospital. I think of how Michelle had her salary doubled at the hospital after Obama became senator. I think of the cronyism at the hospital with David Axelrod brought in to help people leave the ER room.

I think of how Obama got a sweetheart deal on his mortgage rate from a bank vp president who is also on the hospital board with Michelle.

I think of how Obama kept his opponent off the ballot based on signatures.

I think of how Rezko was under federal investigation for influence peddling by patrick fitzgerald and Obama still had him build a fence and do him a huge favor by selling 1/6th of the lot.

Then Obama told the Washington Post and Good Morning America no one could have had any inkling that Rezko was in trouble. That is a lie. Obama knew he was under federal investigation for influence peddling by patrick fitzgerald.

Obama has gotten away with that lie and never challanged by the MSM.

ryandan on September 22, 2008 at 7:51 AM

I saw two black guys in that ad…RACIST!

ctmom on September 22, 2008 at 7:45 AM

There was only one – Emily Jones. He … wait, I get it. You’re counting Obama as a black guy this time, right?

Jaibones on September 22, 2008 at 7:52 AM

I know someone who can’t stand Mayor Daley or Blagojevich yet supports Obama. I wonder if this ad would have an affect.

aikidoka on September 22, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Jailbones – you nailed it. If McCain were able to devote the necessary time for each of His Most High Obamaship’s shady associates, you’d have a mini-series (rim shot).

Hopefully, this is the first of many such ads, and I hope as well that they have an ad featuring Shortshanks. (Shortshanks is Chicago Tribune colmunist’s John Kass affectionate nickname for da Mare. Kass has devoted many columns to political corruption in Illinois, and they are definately worth reading online).

brushman on September 22, 2008 at 7:59 AM

Run this ad the entire campaign and bring out more along those lines to flesh out to people who the real Obama is.
(If Hillary would have run these type ads early, Obama would have been long gone.)

Let Obama complain about it (bet he won’t) so as to bring more attention to his connections.

albill on September 22, 2008 at 8:01 AM

should use “friends in low places” as a background theme in the south.

sven10077 on September 22, 2008 at 8:02 AM

About time.

When I look at Barack Obama’s track record in Chicago, I am unfortunately irresistibly reminded of a movie. That movie being Black Caesar (1973) starring Fred Williamson.

One of the best of the “black action” films of the early Seventies, BC tells the story of one Tommy Gibbs, who starts out in 1953 in Harlem as a typical local kid- constantly being hassled by the police, specifically one very corrupt (and IMHO downright evil) beat cop. After being sent to “juvie” for something he didn’t do, he tells his best friend to go to college instead of following his example, saying that “when I get out, we’re gonna change things”.

Fifteen years later (1968) the two are reunited. Best Friend is now a college-educated MBA. Tommy is now a swell-dressed “procurer” type with a Mauser Broomhandle. Tommy starts “changing” things by hitting a mob type who was on the outs with his bosses. Called before the head of the local Family, he explains that he wants to “change things”. His definition of change? Start charitable organizations, organize local community groups, confront the prejudice against blacks in the local government and police. “Kudos to him”, the audience thinks. “He’s rising above his resentment and taking action”.

Oops, not so fast. As it turns out, all he wants is to direct these “reform efforts” into channels that deliver money to the existing power structure (the mob)- with himself as the conduit and taking the middleman’s cut. He doesn’t want real “reform”- he just wants to cut himself in on the present system. In short, he’s just a hustler with a new angle.

The rest of the movie, while exciting, is largely irrelevant. Because the meat of it is here. When Gibbs is finally taken down, it’s by, not the true forces of reform, but by his own collaborators, because he’s taking too big a piece of their pie. (The dog-eat-dog culture of organized crime is well illustrated here.) But the bottom line is, he had a chance to make real, lasting change that would have taken apart the corrupt machine by denying it the money and political influence that are its lifeblood. And instead, he decided, consciously, that there was more in it for him personally if he just looked like a reformer- while cutting himself a piece of the existing pie.

Sound familiar?

Black Caesar. Definitely worth seeing in the present political context.

cheers

eon

eon on September 22, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Let Obama complain about it (bet he won’t) so as to bring more attention to his connections.

albill on September 22, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Albill – he doesn’t need to. The MSM will complain, and announce that McCain is being a meanie.

brushman on September 22, 2008 at 8:03 AM

I wonder if the McCain camp is dangling bait for Obama, so he can protest the ad in some way, then they can hit him harder on his reply. How can Obama reply, beyond saying this is the smear politics of the past? I mean, does he dissociate himself from his Chicago political machine roots, or say it’s really not so bad? Remember with Rev. Wright, first he said he’s a typical black preacher in a typical black church, then after awhile he had to distance himself from both his pastor and his church. If the same parallels are drawn between him and Chicago politics, how will it play out? The same way?

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Yeah looks like an opening salvo in a build up to Wright, Ayers etc.

Dash on September 22, 2008 at 8:05 AM

But…but…but…but… he’s the messiah!!!!

grapeknutz on September 22, 2008 at 8:07 AM

D0WNT0WN on September 22, 2008 at 7:40 AM
They need to go through his associations one by one, each with a different ad.

They could make a narrative with a different segment each week. Introduction to Chicago politics with the fundraiser at the Ayers house. His “godfather” in the state senate who said “I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator”. Leftist ties, time as a community organizer, there’s a lot of Chicago material there. Most of the time it’s either far left or corrupt.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2008 at 8:09 AM

I would have tossed Wright in there.

drjohn on September 22, 2008 at 8:09 AM

I would have tossed Wright in there.

drjohn on September 22, 2008 at 8:09 AM

It’s coming. They are building up to it. (I hope)

D0WNT0WN on September 22, 2008 at 8:11 AM

“Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in their bellies. Wild!” Bernadine Dohrn

Remember that, fellow boomers? The Ayers/Dohrn connection is a goldmine…

CinnamongirlUF on September 22, 2008 at 8:12 AM

The theme should be “Too corrupt to lead”. Anyhoo, this ad is way too inside. Anyone who knows who Daley, Emil Jones, and so forth are should already know about Obama’s ties to them.

IMHO, what McCain should be doing is focusing in on his “community service work”, tying Barry to the corrupt ACORN (which is one of the groups which pushed subprime/zero interest down loans), his earmarks to Chicago slumlords who advise his campaign, Bill Ayers, Reverends Wright & Pfleger, and so forth.

Cut his balls off (just quoting Jesse Jackson) on one of the very issues he brags about the most.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2008 at 8:12 AM

They could make a narrative with a different segment each week. Introduction to Chicago politics with the fundraiser at the Ayers house. His “godfather” in the state senate who said “I’m gonna make me a U.S. Senator”. Leftist ties, time as a community organizer, there’s a lot of Chicago material there. Most of the time it’s either far left or corrupt.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Exactly. Swing voters and undecideds don’t know this stuff in any sense other than some vague, nebulous way. They need to create a narrative and storyline and spell things out with lots of pictures.

D0WNT0WN on September 22, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Recall when MLK went to Chicago to negotiate with Daley on, what was it, the garbage workers contract? Daley stiff-armed him, and MLK left Chicago with nothing. Obama allies himself with the Daley machine, heck, call him a “race traitor”. It’s low and unfair, but if race-baiting is good enough for Obama, why not for McCain. Yes I know that’s left-logic. The right goes for “treat others as you’d like to be treated” while the left goes for “personal standards? huh? treat others as they treat you”. OK, you caught me. It was just my mind meandering. My bad. I got caught up in the fervor of a the last 50 days of the campaign. We need to maintain SOME standards. We’re conservatives after all.

Paul-Cincy on September 22, 2008 at 8:14 AM

They need to run an ad that has Biden saying that Hillary would have been a better VP pick than he is, every day until the election also.

flytier on September 22, 2008 at 8:15 AM

While this is a nice ad, it’s still about economics folks.

Where’s the ad about “Pelosi and Democrats fail to produce energy policy to reduce the price at the pump”???? When this “bi-partisan” bailout simmers down the stock market, the gas prices and longterm energy independence should be back in the forefront. Pocket book issues will drive the electorate to the polls.

Rovin on September 22, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Not bad for a quick ad. Too bad none of those names are in the national news so that people will know who they are.

SouthernGent on September 22, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Not bad for a quick ad. Too bad none of those names are in the national news so that people will know who they are.

More to follow I’m sure ( I hope)

twiggman on September 22, 2008 at 8:23 AM

FINALLY!!!!! McCain finally gets down to the real heart of the matter! Yes, B.O. is 100% a Chicago Democrat Machine politician, and all anyone has to do is read “The Case Against Barack Obama” to see that! Even better, just check out any edition of the Chicago Tribune or Sun Times to see how much of a mess Illinois is in politically because of Machine Politics, and then try to imagine those same policies being employed on the entire nation!

pilamaye on September 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Dash on September 22, 2008 at 8:05 AM

And on that subject, here’s a bit from Bernard Golberg’s book, Arrogance; Rescuing America From The Media Elite, re Mr. Ayers. This is part of an interview he gave to the New York Times in early September, 2001, that ran on p. 1 of Arts;


“I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said, “I feel we didn’t do enough.” Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970s as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago. The long curly locks in his Wanted poster are shorn, though he wears earrings. He still has tattooed on his neck the rainbow-and-lightning Weatherman logo that appeared on letters taking responsibility for bombings. And he still has the ebullient, ingratiating manner, the apparently intense interest in other people, that made him a charismatic figure in the radical student movement.

In the rest of the article, he admits to involvement bombing NYPD headquarters (1970, the Capitol building (1971), and the Pentagon (1972), and said that he “wouldn’t discount the possibility” of doing it again. He closed with the statement;

“I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire. And hope and history rhymed.”

In one of the worst accidents of timing in their history, the Times ran it on September 11, 2001. As Goldberg observes, if not for the day it ran, it would probably have passed unnoticed as it is perfectly in synch with the ideology of the NYT, which is anything but “middle of the road”.

Meet Senator Obama’s mentor, folks. And consider that, in the vast echo chamber of “progressive” thought, where the Senator seems to have spent his entire life, these views are considered normal.

Great background for a potential POTUS, isn’t it?

/yes, I’m being sarcastic, there.

cheers

eon

eon on September 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM

“With friends like that…” is not going to cut it. It’s clearly a guilt-by-association fallacy worded that way. They’re going to have to make the case that Obama has taken patronage and gone along with the Daley machine.

philwynk on September 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM

It’s about time they started hitting him on his Windy City connections. There’s plenty more where they came from.

JimK on September 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM

They need to run an ad that has Biden saying that Hillary would have been a better VP pick than he is, every day until the election also. – flytier on September 22, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Wouldn’t be prudent at this time. They’ll wait until the filing deadline for changing running mates passes – THEN they’ll run it.

ManlyRash on September 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

I think more needs to be said about Obama’s association with the (Marxist) New Party.

CP on September 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Blagojevich is this nation’s worst governor. Illinois is basically good… except Chicago.

Abby Adams on September 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM

It’s a good start, although more detailed ads will be needed. Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and the Annenberg Files should be brought out of the closet. Maybe quote the Boston Globe article about all the money Obama gave to slumlords who let the tenements become rat-infested and uninhabitable–that’s how Barry “organized his community”.

I wonder if the McCain camp is dangling bait for Obama, so he can protest the ad in some way, then they can hit him harder on his reply.

This may be what the McCain campaign is doing with this ad, so that voters (and maybe some reporters) start asking questions about this ad, getting Obama on the defensive, to try to goad him into revealing something more damning, or at least open the conversation. There’s probably a mother lode of dirt on ChicagObama, but it needs to be brought out slowly and methodically, to keep Obama on the defensive until Election Day, and give the voters time to digest it (or more likely vomit).

Steve Z on September 22, 2008 at 10:17 AM

What took the McCain campaign so long to push the Chicago angle? I’d rather have ex-lobbyists running my campaign than a bunch of gnagsters. Chicago is synonymous with corrupt machine politics. Maverick needs to exploit this one for all it’s worth.

manwithblackhat on September 22, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Hmmmm. None of those names sound American, so the Maverick must be a nativist!

/sarc

madmonkphotog on September 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Woohoo!! They need to run that HEAVILY in Philadelphia. PA and New Jersey voters are sick of Democratic corruption.

Actually Fitzgerald hasn’t been able to get to Mayor Daly himelf, so I’m OK with going after his brother instead. Some voters may remember Bill Daley as the guy who chaired Al Gore’s campaign that tried to steal the election in Florida. And Bill Daley IS a lobbyist, which blows the hell out of that stupid Obama ad going after Charlie Black and Rick Davis.

This is 10 times better than going after Jeremiah Wright. Again, I think Obama’s campaign is expecting a Wright attack and McCain should not give it to them. Hit the Chicago machine HARD.

rockmom on September 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Another great ad would be a “compare and contrast”:

“Multiple federal investigaations of corrupt Chicago pols.

Obama’s answer: silence.

John McCain LED the investigation that revealed sleazy lobbyist Jack Abramoff and ended up with him and a high ranking Congressman in jail.

McCain: proven corruption fighter.

Obama: not so much.

rockmom on September 22, 2008 at 11:05 AM

“With friends like that…” is not going to cut it. It’s clearly a guilt-by-association fallacy worded that way. They’re going to have to make the case that Obama has taken patronage and gone along with the Daley machine.

philwynk on September 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM

I suspose you voiced complaints when Obama claimed the mere fact that people who were once lobbiests were on McCain’s campaign proved that a McCain administration was going to be run for the interests of big business alone?

MarkTheGreat on September 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM

This ad is cringeworthy

Baphomet on September 22, 2008 at 1:33 PM

ManlyRash on September 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Wouldn’t that deadline be past already since they opened voting today in 3 states?

tee866 on September 22, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The Bill Daley reference is a shot across the bow.

As Ed previously noted, Bill Daley was an in-house lobbyist for Fannie Mae.

Translation: Go after Rick Davis for his lobbying and we’ll see you and raise you one.

Karl on September 22, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Obama is NOT tough!

He let Rezko walk ALL over HIM!

Obama SOLD OUT His Constituants to a SLUMLORD!

Chakra Hammer on September 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Barack Obama And his Slumlord Patron

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353829,CST-NWS-rez23.article

Chakra Hammer on September 22, 2008 at 3:51 PM

these bastards
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-oped0824pageaug24,0,7232182.column

try to bring up Keating 5(1 Republican, 4 Democrats), Let them..

McCain was the only person in to testify AGAINST Keating, and got him convicted!

McCain is the only one that faced the press for HOURS on end and took questions until the press got tired of asking questions..

———–

Obama will not Answer to questions about Rezko NOR did he testify AGAINST him!, Nor will he answer to questions about Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, and his contributions that he got and his associations to them.

Obama and the Liberal Media are covering up and being corrupt!

Hide your wallet!

Chakra Hammer on September 22, 2008 at 3:56 PM