John Gibson on why Obama’s political alliances matter

posted at 12:15 pm on October 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I meant to post this earlier today, but maybe it’s better seen after the latest from Team McCain. My friend John Gibson gave a two-minute dissertation on Rashid Khalidi last night, explaining exactly who Khalidi was when Barack Obama approved a grant of $75,000 for his organization while Obama and William Ayers served on the Woods Fund:

We’ve talked about Khalidi before, and even talked about the difference between associates and association. The latter implies a relationship only by accidental contact, while the former refers to an explicit relationship based on action. We’d be better off talking about William Ayers as a political partner of Obama’s, and Khalidi as a political ally, because that’s exactly what they were.

Both Ayers and Khalidi hosted fundraisers for Obama. They weren’t, as Gibson notes, just “some guy in my neighborhood,” but allies in Obama’s political career. And that alliance went in both directions. Khalidi got a $75,000 grant while still tied to Yasser Arafat, one of the most notorious terrorists in the world before and after the rise of Osama bin Laden. Obama ran the Chicago Annenberg Challenge for Ayers and made sure millions of dollars in grants went to Ayers’ pet projects in attempting to turn primary schools into factories for political activists.

Barack Obama told us we could trust his judgment. Where was that judgment when he allied himself with people like Ayers, Khalidi, Tony Rezko, and the Daleys and their Chicago Machine? That’s not just a series of accidental associations from random juxtaposition, but deliberate alliances from which Obama benefited in his political career. Now that they’ve become a liability, Obama wants to pretend he barely knew them and accuse people of applying guilt by association. That won’t keep people from taking a hard look at his supposedly superior judgment.


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WOW… This certainly does NOT make me want to vote for Obama.

originalpechanga on October 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

If Hussein wins, we get his whole motley crew more or less in power. If McCain wins, we’ll have riots in the streets.

I’ll take the riots.

Akzed on October 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Rush is playing Fartakan’s claim of OBambi being the messiah.

AubieJon on October 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Excuse me for remembering, but wasn’t GUILT BY ASSOCIATION what the press was trying to do with Todd Palin and the AIP?

And Todd ain’t running for anything…

originalpechanga on October 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Lynn De Rothschild said she was threatened if she brought up Khalidi’s name again.

Connie on October 10, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Suppose Ayers had bombed a building with Michelle Obama inside, or Barack himself? Would the Chosen One be so non-judgmental about his homicidal maniac associate?

whitetop on October 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Good grief, it never ends.

SURELY undecideds have got to be wondering about Obama.

tru2tx on October 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

When does whitey get to riot in the streets?

When you see one roach that means you’ve got a lot more hiding in the woodwork. We’ve found about a dozen roaches in the Obama campaign, how many truly exist? And, is it too late to matter? Are the lemmings too numerous to defeat?

cannonball on October 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

But… look at Palin’s glasses! Can you trust a woman who picked out those frames?

/ebert

saint kansas on October 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM

That won’t keep people from taking a hard look at his supposedly superior judgment.

I gotta be honest with you, Ed. I am struggling to keep that hope alive.

Grafted on October 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Stay focused on the issues that people care about, Ed.

And we wonder why McCain is gonna lose in a landslide.

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM

The more I see who B.O. is associating with, the more I honestly have to wonder why the news media is not all over this. If this was McCain being associating with either of these guys, the media would be having a feeding frenzy.

pilamaye on October 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Seriously, Ed. This is STUPID! God I’m so sick of Ayers and Wright. There are bigger fish that need frying here. How about trying, just trying to focus.

Or do you believe that answer to these economic problems is government?

And is that why you only go after Obama on these stupid issues?

We’ve already noted that you were gung-ho on the government taking over the mortgage industry. I guess that should already answer these questions.

If the only difference between republicans and democrats is the status of a woman’s uterus; and character issues…this country truly is screwed.

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Any Jew or friend of Israel who votes for Barack Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. He will sell Israel out before the end of his first year in office. He’ll have people from Hamas attending state dinners.

rockmom on October 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Get this information out before we do the unthinkable and wake up the day after election day realizing we have elected a closet marxist socialist, friend of enemies of the USA to be our president.

skatz51 on October 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM

I have never seen so many “suspect” relationships, or as Sowell says, affiliations, that are just so wrong.
I can’t believe the Jews are not up in arms about Obama, he is clearly a Palestinian and Iran supporter. It just confounds me, I am just simply stunned about how Obama’s affiliations are of no consequence…but Bush and the oil companies, Cheney and Haliburton, just absolutely confounds me.

right2bright on October 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

O/T,Bo Snerdley,on RUSH SHOW is just going to town
on Obama,on the RACE ISSUE!!!!!!

canopfor on October 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

We can multi-task…are you so sure that Obama’s affiliation are not worse then the economic crisis?

right2bright on October 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

right2bright on October 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Is this really a serious question? Geesh.

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

William Ayers said that his terrorist tactics were morally permissible during the Vietnam War because the nation was in turmoil over deep moral issues.

Does William Ayers consider the present time a period of similar turmoil?

Is Obama even curious whether his hard left friends consider today’s climate a permissible one for terrorism?

The headline here is that the Democrat Party is unwilling to condemn domestic terrorism unconditionally. I am deadly serious. I take Ayers comments as a threat. The Democrat Party owes us a press conference with the bastard himself renouncing terrorism unconditionally.

Until then, I question their judgment, and their patriotism.

jeff_from_mpls on October 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM

A commentor over at Gateway Pundit on Obama:

tru2tx on October 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Gibson was put onto this track by Sowell.

LimeyGeek on October 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Good to see CNN doing that. Now John McCain needs to follow through and stop acting like a wimp about this subject. By all means say it to Obama’s face. McCain should challenge him to a townhall TODAY! If Obama wimps out, he can send Plugs Biden instead to fight for him.

Ayers and Obama are totally legitimate fair subjects of attack by McCain. Frankly so is Jeremiah Wright and Obama, but McCain decided not to go there–even though Obama, Biden and most especially Obama supporters like Sullivan are willing to throw any slander and vile rumor out there against McCain and Palin.

The truth is Obama used Bill Ayers to get in good with higher ups in Chicago’s Democratic Machine such as Bill’s dad Tom Ayers (the godfather of Chicago politics) and Dailey. Obama used that Annenberg trust money that he and Ayers controlled to give grants to radical groups and cronies, including Jeremiah Wright and Pfleger. And oh yeah, convicted felon Rezko is mixed ino to all of this. And then Obama flat out lied about it. If Sarah Palin did anything like this Andrew Sullivan would be outside her house in Wasilla with a pitch fork and a torch (actually he is practically doing that no, but I digress).

Obama is running a Forest Gump campaign. Does even Sullivan think Obama will cure the overspending that is the core problem with government right now? Or how about the real elephant in the room, entitlements? Are we really going to tax our way out of that, or will higher taxes just drive the economy further down (especially capital gains increases).

And McCain, get out there and fight.

Not that McCain is that much better, but at least he is against raising taxes and is committed to lowering spending. And earmarkes, while a small sliver of spending, are actually the grease that politicans use to obtain power and really spend money.

Mr. Joe on October 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

A commentor at Gateway Pundit:

Weather Girl adds this in the comments: “Old Japanese proverb: When you don’t know a man’s character, look at his friends.”

Should be made into a bumper sticker.

tru2tx on October 10, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Too little too late. Where has all this stuff been? McCain has been already ‘typecast’ successfully in the public’s mind as ‘out of touch’.

Starlink on October 10, 2008 at 12:51 PM

In a way, he has been typecast well. Great prophetic figures often carry marks of weakness. That’s part of the tragedy. I almost wept at the end of McCain’s acceptance speech during the G.O.P. convention. I saw an old, wise man begging us: fight for America. To his generation, it was obvious you fought to preserve your country, and he sees this generation as lacking the guts to fight. I think there might have been a bit of resignation in his plea: fight for America.

It was a great speech, and when times get worse, which they will, I’ll remember that good man standing on the stage at the RNC. He is a good man.

jeff_from_mpls on October 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM

I can only hope that McCain has a “give ‘em enough rope” strategy in mind, and that he is beginning his end-game.

LimeyGeek on October 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Obama is no friend of Israel,Atlas Shrugs,has been
on this for the past year!!

Guilt of Assocation:

Barack Obama,every preacher,teacher,professor,political
partner,business partner,every person that knew Hopey,
is tainted one way or another!!

God help America,and the Free World,if this Terrorist
(Ayers-Dorhns)lovin,Liberal Democratic nominee becomes
President of the United States of America!!

canopfor on October 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

How about radio ads?

I don’t here any,especially through the night,and it
doesn’t matter if its CoastoCoast,or Sports Talk Radio!

I hope Team McCain/Palin,are not writing off radio,there’s less than 4 weeks to go before D-Day(Voting day,)pull out
all the stops,the political war is still ongoing!

canopfor on October 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

You’re right, the financial crisis is serious.

However, I would add that who would you trust to fix it?

An American hero that really has bled for this country.

Or, an enigma that has associations and alliances with:

- known marxist domestic terrorists that advocate the violent overthrow of the US gov

- financial RICO candidates and felons that have contributed to the cause of the mortgage crisis

- a Kenyan leader that has ties to radical Sharia-based Islam

- a religious leader that teaches a mutant strain, religi-fied version of marxism and condems America from the pulpit as deserving of the attacks of 9/11.

A Presidential candidate who has misled, told ‘untruths’, and LIED about the nature of his relationships above and repeatedly tried to re-focus the election on the “real” issues.

The real issue is; can you trust him?

If you can’t trust what he says about his alliances and associations, then how can he be trusted that he’ll do anything that he says?

cryptojunkie on October 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Stay focused on the issues that people I care about, Ed.

And we wonder why McCain is gonna lose in a landslide.

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Fixed.

And just a reminder to you, lorien1973: One of the appeals of a guy called Hitler back in early-1930s Germany was that he would “fix the economy,” too. Which he did. For a while.

His past was better-known to the German public than Osama Obama’s is to us….

MrScribbler on October 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Obama will just say that he thought that Arafat was rehabilitated and mainstream when Khalidi became just another, “someone from my neighborhood”

mtbunji on October 10, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Fixed.

It’s the only issue -anyone- cares about. Except republicans.

And I’m not into godwinification.

But that’s a good reason to explain why Obama is wrong on economic issues, isn’t it?

But, hey, stare at Ayers and Wright a little longer, if you want.

Whistle past that graveyard.

lorien1973 on October 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

tru2tx on October 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM
According to Fox’s newest poll indi’s are 34 % to 32% in favor of the O but 29% of the indi’s said that Ayers makes them less likely to vote for O so don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t working.

tee866 on October 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

What about Barak’s cousin, Raila Odinga? Just another friend, a friend who supports the imposition of Sharia law in Kenya. Just the kind of political figure we are supposed to ignore. Barak what are your thoughts on Sharia law?

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/kenyas_killing_fields/

Angry Dumbo on October 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

If Hussein wins, we get his whole motley crew more or less in power. If McCain wins, we’ll have riots in the streets.
I’ll take the riots.
Akzed on October 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

It’s going to be the whole motley crew’s followers that are going to be rioting. Our police can deal with them.

wise_man on October 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Rashid Khalidi was the fifth person to sign a petition in support of William Ayers out of today’s total of 2,174 radical leftists on the site http://www.supportbillayers.org/

I saved the embedded spreadsheet in the i-frame of the web page. It’s a whose who list of far left leaning radical professors and activists.

Maybe it could be of use one day….

Kevin in Washington State on October 10, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Second look at McCain!

LibTired on October 10, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Kevin in Washington State on October 10, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Everyone resist the urge to do what would be easy to do on this anonymous post online petition.

Don’t do it. Please. Don’t.

cryptojunkie on October 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM

It’s going to be the whole motley crew’s followers that are going to be rioting. Our police can deal with them.

wise_man on October 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

With a little assist from our friends in the NRA.

BuckeyeSam on October 10, 2008 at 2:34 PM

To those who say Obama wants to talk about the issues, BS. All he does is talk aobuit what we already know. The problems we have. No talk about specifics on what he will do about them. Invest in alternative energy. That is the job of private capital. Not the job of government. Government money goes to grants for years to cure cancer. Got one yet? Obama just talks and talks. Read what he says. Nothing! Not a damn solution other than raise taxes on the rich and cut military spending. The real issue is the character of those who would hold high office. Obama has said people know who he is. Where the hell are these people who know him. Rev. Wright knows him. Wright correctly stated Obama is a politician who will say anything to get elected. The change he has in mind is from a capital system to one of socialist servitude. Everything in his background indicates he has strong Marxist tendencies. Davis, Alinski, Ayers and Dohrn, Rezko. None of these folks are friends of America or its system of government. I know not about riots in the street if he is elected. If there is one, I will bring an SKS to the struggle. I am more concerned about civil war if he is elected. I will not live under a communist government.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on October 10, 2008 at 2:46 PM

I’ve always thought the best way to use the Ayers alliance (not association) is (1) to deal with their personal relationship from current day going back to when they last served on any board together, and (2) to deal with their personal and professional relationships during the time they were working on boards together. To that end, I found the final report on the results of their work on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. It’s in two pdf documents of considerable length (largely owing to exhibits).

http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/downloads/p62.pdf

http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/download
I’ve always thought the best way
s/p62II.pdf

I’m no education expert, so I really can’t evaluate what they did or didn’t do. I will say that the August 2003 final report for the Challenge, which ran from sometime in 1995 through sometime in 2002, concludes that the Challenge didn’t accomplish much of anything. Obama served as president and chairman of the board from the beginning in 1995 through sometime in 1999, when he resigned to run for Congress.

The report, perhaps prophetic, criticized the Challenge for having vague goals. For example, and I realize I’m cherrypicking, page 105 of the report notes the following:

“Because of its commitment to the principles of local autonomy and self-determinism, the Challenge eschewed the articulation of specific goals and means for development. Instead, it laid out broad and diffuse goals that were perhaps overly ambitious and rhetorical. Rather than concrete ends, it provided a ‘vision’ and a set of general principles for reform. It identified certain priorities around which schools should organize their efforts, but offered little direction on how to address them. Nor did it specify particular activities or processes for schools to follow.” (emphasis mine)

Among other things, the report criticizes the planning and implementation, and it gives an impression that as early as 1995 the Challenge and the participating schools weren’t exactly on the same page.

In glancing through the two pdfs, I came away with at least two impressions. First, Obama cannot possibly say that Ayers was just some guy in his neighborhood. This Challenge entailed a lot of work. Maybe the facetime members of the board mailed it in, but I have to believe that Obama, as president, was involved in many of the details and Ayers seemed to have his fingerprints all over this foundation. Second, this is Obama’s only example of executive experience. And with nearly $150 million at their disposal, the results seem mediocre at best.

Unfortunately, I can’t address what kind of monkey business Ayers was up to in directing money to third parties (External Partners, the term used in the report), but there’s a list of External Partners in Exhibit A. I came away wondering, aside from some local colleges and arts organinzations included in the list, who the other organizations are and why were they in the mix.

I really wish some conservatives with a background in education were looking at these documents.

BuckeyeSam on October 10, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Our side needs to consistently make the point that when Obama had the means, he used his position to funnel money to extremists and radicals. Rashid Khalidi is a good target but he is not alone.

Mike Klonsky was a well known domestic terrorist, communist, friend and colleague of Bill Ayers. His small schools project pushed political agendas in the class room and was somehow able to be funded while afterschool math tutoring programs were not.

However, it must be pointed out that a notorious ally of Bill Ayers for many years, Mike Klonsky, is an open member of the Obama campaign. Klonsky runs a blog on the official Obama website here where he claims to be a “professor of education” (the website of the Small Schools Workshop that he directs says only that he teaches some graduate courses, though it appears he was a visiting professor for one year at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in 2006-07) and says he blogs for Obama on “education politics and teaching for social justice.”

Who is Mike Klonsky? Well, on one level, he might just appear to be a protege of Bill Ayers in the education world. He received, as I detail below, a $175,000 grant from the Ayers/Obama-led Annenberg Challenge to run the Small Schools Workshop that he and Ayers started in Chicago to push their school reform agenda.

But that is only half the story. Klonsky was one of the most destructive hardline maoists in the SDS in the late 60′s who emerged from SDS to form a pro-Chinese sect called the October League that later became the Beijing-recognized Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist). As chairman of the party, Klonsky travelled to Beijing itself in 1977 and, literally, toasted the Chinese stalinist leadership who, in turn, “hailed the formation of the CP(ML) as ‘reflecting the aspirations of the proletariat and working people,’ effectively recognizing the group as the all-but-official US Maoist party.” (Elbaum, Revolution in the Air, 228).

I know of no indications that Klonsky has ever expressed any regrets about that activity. Perhaps like his SDS comrade, Ayers, he, too, thinks he did not do enough back then. In my view they did more than enough.

An excellent profile of that maoist milieu is available in a book called Revolution in the Air by Max Elbaum, a first hand participant whose sympathy for the maoism of the period does not get in the way of an excellent account of these idiot savants of the left.

How is it possible that someone of Klonsky’s ilk would now be playing a visible role in the Obama campaign itself on such an important issue as education policy – apparently with free reign to push his authoritarian “social justice” agenda?

Link

I’ve read through several of the CAC PDF files which list the external partner organizations and points of contact. Simply googling people and organizations you start to get a sense of who these people are. It is not rocket science.

Ayers demonstrably had conflicts of interest and used the CAC as a way to reward friends and fellow travelers. Obama was demonstrably an active participant and held many roles within in the Chicago radical milieu.

moxie_neanderthal on October 10, 2008 at 4:22 PM

but 29% of the indi’s said that Ayers makes them less likely to vote for O so don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t working.

tee866 on October 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Of course it’s working. That’s why folks like lorien hope we drop it soon.

Seriously, how far gone does one have to be when associating with and learning from those who absolutely despise this country and what it stands for isn’t an issue?

xblade on October 10, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Any Jew or friend of Israel who votes for Barack Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. He will sell Israel out before the end of his first year in office. He’ll have people from Hamas attending state dinners.

rockmom on October 10, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Get a grip Mommy. Israel itself is divided of this issue of dealing with the Palestinian question. The differences between Democrats and Republicans on this question are hard to see.

lexhamfox on October 11, 2008 at 12:20 AM